Today's Update: Tuesday, January 12
January 12, 2021
Dear Student Life Team, In my update on Move-In, I alluded to students getting a COVID test at Jesse Owens North as they arrive back on campus. Today I want to provide you a little more detail on that process.
It really begins before students even leave to come back to campus. We are asking them to self-sequester for 10 days before they return to their residence hall or off-campus residence or attend any engagements on campus. We’ve set some guidelines for students designed to minimize the likelihood of bringing COVID with them to campus.
If you must be near others, you should wear a mask even indoors.
To further limit exposure, make your own food or have it delivered.
If you must go out, wear a mask at all times.
There are also testing requirements for both undergraduate and graduate/professional students who live in university housing. They are required to complete a two-part testing program before they can move into any university housing, including residence halls or off-campus property that we manage.
Step one is to complete an at-home Vault Health COVID-19 saliva test before traveling to campus. The university will provide the tests and cover all shipping expenses. Step two is a COVID test at Jesse Owens North, or their regional test location, before moving into their residence.
Because students will be asked to self-sequester in their room while waiting for test results, Student Life Dining Services will give them a bag of food to take back to their room, and test results should be back within 24-48 hours.
Student living off-campus are required to test weekly at Jesse Owens North, starting when they return to Columbus to either live or visit campus for any reason, with a goal of having two negative test results before resuming activity on-campus.
All students on the Columbus campus and all residential students on all campuses will be required to test weekly throughout the semester.
It’s a huge effort, but these steps will help get spring semester off to a safe, healthy, and Scarlet and Gray start.