Ohio State will be making the following adjustments to our mask requirements:
- Effective immediately, students, faculty, staff and visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Read more on the Personal Safety Practices page.
- Effective July 1, 2021, the university will allow business-related travel in line with updated health and safety requirements and our continued focus on fiscal responsibility. Details are available on the Travel page.
These changes are consistent with our approach throughout the pandemic to rely on science and the guidance of national, state, local and our own university public health and medical experts to determine safeguards for our community — given the residential nature of our university and the fact that many of our students live in congregate settings. In addition to masking, the best way to prepare for Autumn semester is to get vaccinated as soon as possible. More than 73% of the Ohio State community is completely vaccinated.
During summer term, students living in university housing or who are enrolled in courses on the Columbus campus will need to complete weekly testing at the Jesse Owens North testing facility. Students can schedule testing appointments in advance.
Take-home saliva test kits are available for faculty, staff and students on all campuses to complete each week. Click here for more information based on campus location. We are encouraging you to engage in regular at-home testing to keep yourself and those around you safe and healthy. Kits are also available at various locations around the state – including at local libraries.
The university has also revised guidelines for passenger vehicles (i.e., cars, vans, trucks). Guidance is as follows:
- Operate vehicle climate control fan in the “on” position set at outdoor air circulation with maximum flow rate.
- Keep all windows open enough for natural ventilation with constant air inflow and outflow.
- Limit passenger density per vehicle to less than capacity to ensure that there is minimum of one empty passenger space between each passenger.
To date, CFAES has required an exemption assessment when more than one individual was planning to travel in a vehicle. Given this update, we will no longer require the assessment process be utilized by CFAES personnel when the University guidelines above are followed. An assessment by CFAES Safety and Compliance will still be required when travel plans would require exceeding the listed guidelines. Should you have any questions regarding the guidance or the revised exemption process, please reach out to Seth Walker (walker.439) or 330-263-3665.
We encourage you to periodically check https://safeandhealthy.osu.edu/ for updates.