Today's Update: Thursday, November 19

November 19, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, 

Our public health crisis deepens.  

This afternoon the governor announced that Franklin County has been elevated to the state’s highest-level “purple” rating warning of severe exposure and spread of COVID-19. We are the first, and so far the only, county in Ohio to receive that designation.  

I know this will only heighten levels of anxiety and worry among many of our team members. Please know that your health and safety is of paramount importance to the university, and to me personally. This new designation will mean some changes to our operations, and Student Life leaders have been meeting this afternoon into this evening to work out details.  

If you have not seen it yet, check your email for a message that went out a short time ago from President Johnson. I have delayed sending this update in order to follow her words.  

In Student Life, here is our plan to deal with this new COVID reality. Our actions will take effect tomorrow, Friday, November 20, and we will stick with this plan until further notice. Please understand that this is all pretty new information and we are working as fast as we can to operationalize. If they haven’t already (and they probably haven’t had time yet), you will hear from your supervisor, and I also encourage you to reach out directly with questions about your area in the meantime.  

Strategy 

  • Maintain general operations to support student needs, both those who live on-campus and off-campus 

  • This is critical for both life safety purposes but also for academic/work/student success support, including access to wireless to support  

  • Put focus on individual use of facilities and services  

  • Minimize on-campus staff to the greatest extent possible, while maintaining necessary student support on-campus 

  • Specifically, we will shutter in-person offices and transition fully to virtual support with the exception of essential services 

  • Move-in staff will still be needed 

  • Student Health Services and Jesse Owens North Testing Center will maintain operational hours 

  • Crisis response may require additional staff members to be on campus, examples include  

  • Counseling and Consultation Services will be available for in-person counseling needs for urgent or trauma-related response  

  • Response to crisis (facilities, res life, advocacy, counseling, emergency management, etc.)   

Housing 

  • Move-out schedule will be maintained and residence halls will close on November 25 at 6 p.m. 

  • Break housing will continue to be provided for students with approved exceptions to remain on campus. 

  • Move-out and Residence Life staffing will be maintained as scheduled 

  • Quarantine and isolation operations will be maintained throughout the remainder of the semester and the academic break 

Recreation centers 

  • RPAC only (except North Rec only on Saturday, November 21) 

  • 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekends 

  • Maintain the provision of individual exercise opportunities 

  • Mask use AT ALL TIMES except for while swimming 

Ohio Union 

  • 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekends 

  • Non-essential functions (administration office, Multicultural Center, Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services and other tenant spaces) will be fully virtual; BuckID will remain open  

  • Entry doors will be locked outside of these times with exception of entrances directly into dining facilities that are open 

Dining 

  • Dining hours will be adjusted according to the building hours  

  • Please visit dining.osu.edu for updated hours of operations 

Student Health Services 

  • Continue regular hours through Wednesday, November 25 

  • Begin off peak hours on Monday, November 30: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays 

  • No Saturday hours 

  • COVID-19 testing indoors at SLSHS only for symptomatic and close contacts as identified by the Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team 

  • All visits are scheduled, including COVID-19 testing 

  • Telehealth visits for all sick visits 

I know this is a lot to digest, so take some time and feel free to ask questions. Also, please remember that even though we need to de-densify campus, we do still need support for things like move-out. Help is needed now through November 25, with shifts of 9:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. and 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.  

To sign up, visit go.osu.edu/moveoutvolunteer2020 

Together as Buckeyes, we will help keep ourselves, our students and our community safe. Thank you for being Scarlet and Great (and flexible). 

Melissa