Returning to Campus - Autumn 2021

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  • We're planning for at least 95% of classes to be taught in person. This is the percentage of in-person classes we offered pre-COVID.
  • Classrooms will be tiered to allow for physical distancing: Classes with fewer than 50 students (the vast majority of classes at Ohio State ATI) will take place in classrooms at full capacity; larger classes will take place at reduced capacity

Last week, Governor Mike DeWine announced that the state of Ohio’s public health orders will be lifted, effective June 2. The university will continue to closely monitor guidance and adjust our safe and healthy protocols as needed. Ohio State will be making the following adjustments to our mask requirements:

  • Outdoor masking: Effective immediately, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask outdoors on Ohio State campuses (including our statewide county offices, research stations and field labs). The university continues to strongly recommend that unvaccinated people wear masks when they cannot maintain safe distancing. Note that individuals are fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose of vaccine.
  • Indoor masking: Masks are still required indoors, with an exception for cases where individuals are working alone in their own office (not a shared work space). The university will continue to closely monitor conditions with hopes to lift the indoor mask requirement in the fall, if the vaccination rate among the university community is sufficiently high.

Campus life

Outside the classroom, we expect campus life to include a wide range of events and gatherings this fall.

With more of us vaccinated, we'll also have more flexibility on group sizes, space density and other protocols when we come together for events, gatherings, football games and other celebrations.

What you can do to prepare

Get vaccinated and follow personal safety practices
We're recommending that the entire Ohio State community — faculty, staff, current students and you — do their part to keep the Buckeye family safe and healthy.

Expect regular testing.
Our community is being tested regularly, and we expect that to continue — and to include our incoming class. Pro tip: By getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you won't have to be tested as often, and you probably won't have to quarantine if you're exposed to the virus.

Stay up to date on the latest news.
We'll share more as we know it — expect an update when you attend orientation this summer, and find the latest details for current students any time on our Safe and Healthy website.