The Ohio State University at Newark


Campus Re-Engagement

Newark Campus Re-Engagement

Keeping our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends safe is our top priority. As we gradually return to our campus, every Buckeye plays an important part in taking care of each other. We realize that this is a challenging time, but our strength has been and always will be people. The coronavirus is unlike anything we have seen, but we remain committed to providing our students a quality education. The Ohio State Newark campus remains open and focused on supporting student learning. We aim to maintain “business as usual” as much as possible with safety adjustments, while serving students and our communities.

Safe and Healthy Buckeyes Website

During this extraordinary time for our campuses and the world, your continued flexibility, cooperation and commitment are vital to our ability to return to campus and remain Together As Buckeyes. The Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website includes information and details related to physical distancing, campus readiness, classrooms, work spaces, housing, personal protection and hygiene, mental health and wellness resources, travel and several other areas.

Updates to COVID-19 safety guidelines

Based on the changes to federal and state health guidance, Ohio State will be making the following adjustments to our on-campus COVID-19 protocols:

Masking:

  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Masks continue to be required outdoors for unvaccinated individuals when they cannot maintain physical distancing. Note that individuals are fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose of vaccine.
  • Vaccinated people are not required to mask outdoors.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are also no longer required to physically distance.
  • Individuals who are not vaccinated are required to continue wearing masks indoors and to physically distance at all times.

Autumn Campus Reactivation

Ohio State’s plans to reinvigorate campus life this fall are taking shape. As vaccination rates continue to increase and other health measures remain effective, the university expects to return to more of a traditional Ohio State experience with engaged classroom learning, thriving student activities and community events that bring the university community together.

Students have already begun scheduling classes for fall, and at least 75% of classes are designated to be taught in person. With a combination of vaccination, testing and other health measures in place, more students can be together in classrooms.

In scheduling classrooms, the university is applying a tiered approach to allow space for physical distancing. This means that smaller classes (those with fewer than 50 students) can take place in classrooms at full capacity, while larger classes will take place in rooms that are at reduced capacity (75% or 50%, based on size). To enhance opportunities
for students to take in-person classes, plans have been adjusted to allow some of the largest classes to take place in person under this guidance.

More details are available at https://safeandhealthy.osu.edu/autumn-campus-reactivation.

Events

Effective immediately, university in-person meetings and events are permitted at Ohio State Newark.
In addition, all campus venues, including at the shared Newark campus, may consider third-party events that want to use campus spaces.
An event is defined as a planned activity, other than academic classes scheduled as part of the university/college curriculum, that is held in a university building or outdoor space on a university
campus or with a community partner. A gathering is defined as a formal or informal assembly of people that is either planned or spontaneous.

All events must follow these guidelines:

  • All events and gatherings must follow state, local and university protocols to protect all involved. Note that all guidance is subject to change based on health guidance.
  • Daily activities are permitted. Overnight activities are not permitted at this time.
  • Fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear masks on any Ohio State or campus except for the Wexner Medical Center. Fully vaccinated individuals are also no longer required to physically distance.
  • Individuals who are not vaccinated are required to continue wearing masks indoors and to physically distance at all times.
  • Indoor venues may operate at full capacity.
  • Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching common surfaces. If soap and water are not available, 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used.
  • Events should allow for regular hand washing.
  • Event leaders must be educated on proper masking requirements, sanitation, cleaning and social distancing and have a plan in place to ensure appropriate distancing for participant registration, drop-off, pick-up and other aspects of the event.
  • Event organizers who want to hold an event at a university/college-approved venue should work directly with the venue contact.
  • Event organizers should appoint one staff member/event organizer who is responsible for the ongoing monitoring of safety protocols. Pre-packaged meals are preferred when possible. Self-serve options should be limited and serving utensils must be regularly cleaned.

For university events:
University event organizers who want to hold an event at an off-campus (third-party) venue should work with their director to obtain approvals.

Campus Services

The Newark campus library is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. during summer 2021 semester. Contact-free materials pickups by appointment will also start within open hours.

The Adena Hall Recreation Center will open for use Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until August 20, 2021. A daily health check is required for admittance. In addition to all available federal, state, local and university guidelines, the Office of Student Life will also follow the guidance of national sports governing bodies to ensure that physical distancing practices and other safety protocols are in place for any recreational sports activities.

Student Access

Students will have access to all internal campus spaces, following physical distancing (six feet) and face-covering protocols. The Warner Center and other gathering areas such as the Hopewell Hall mall area, Founders Hall entry lounge, John Gilbert Reese Center lobby and the Jones Event Center in Jane C. and William T. McConnell Hall will be available to students with modifications to ensure physical distancing (i.e., spacing/rearranging of furniture).

Spaces should be managed by departmental staff to ensure physical distancing is maintained. At this point, we are not placing limits on the number of people within a space, since most classes will be offered in a remote format, limiting the number of students needing to come to campus. However, should this become an issue, we can revisit and adjust our plans as appropriate. We do, however, still anticipate having a regular contingent of students on campus. Students who are taking a class in person, who then have an online class shortly thereafter, may choose to stay on campus to take their online class. Students who do not have their own transportation will be dropped off and may remain on campus for extended periods of time. We will also have our resident students who may also choose to utilize available campus space.

We anticipate that not all students will have a strong enough home Internet connection to support a live Zoom class, and we expect some students will use campus space for those classes. The Reese Center computer lab will continue to be open for students, and we are adding a second computer lab in Founders Hall (room 180). Access to the Newark campus Wi-Fi will remain available in the Adena Hall parking lot.

Student Support Resources
Offices will be minimally staffed to provide assistance to those students with needs requiring in-person services. Students services are also being delivered remotely via phone and email.

Table of Contents (TOC) and the Bean Counter

Pickup and delivery available through the GrubHub App or at the locations ordering kiosk:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.

*Hours of operation vary by station and also vary at the beginning and end of each semester as well as on holidays. There will be changes posted at the operation.

All TOC orders will be conducted through Grubhub. Read more about those changes and about installing the Grubhub app for ordering at the TOC here. If a guest does not have a mobile device to place an order, a GrubHub ordering Kiosk located at the Bean Counter will be available.

Admitted and Prospective Students

Please review the information on these pages.

Campus Access for Employees

All Ohio State Newark and COTC employees will have access to the campus without making appointments through Public Safety/facilities. However, please be advised that employees should only come to campus for work that cannot be completed remotely. Those employees who are able to telework must continue to do so. Daily wellness checks will continue to be required for all faculty/staff prior to coming to campus.

Staffing

Offices that are primarily student facing are expected to have a minimal on-campus presence. We do expect these offices to be staffed during regular working hours with at least one staff member to provide assistance to those students with needs requiring in-person services. All other offices will continue to work remotely.

Ohio State: Resumption of Research and Creative Expression Activities

Ohio State faculty who are resuming activities under the Staged Reopening of Research and Creative Expression should follow the dates assigned in that plan.

On-campus Groups and Meeting Protocols

Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission. Therefore, during time on-campus, employees are encouraged to communicate with colleagues and supervisors as needed by email, instant message, telephone or other available technology, rather than face-to-face. Employees can also use a range of available collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, conference calls, etc.)

Departmental meetings should be conducted by virtual means (such as Zoom) whenever possible. If the meeting must be conducted in person, the participants will be limited to 10 or fewer and all must maintain appropriate physical distancing requirements and wear a face covering.

In an office setting, no more than one person should be in the room unless the required six feet of distancing can be consistently maintained.

Check Safe and Healthy Buckeyes (Ohio State) for the latest updates.

Zoom Security Measures

In an effort to increase security and privacy for the campus community, all Zoom meetings will require a passcode, and the change will prevent users from turning off the passcode going forward. Passcodes will be applied to previously scheduled meetings and Personal Meeting ID links. If you have any upcoming meetings without a passcode, you will need to edit those meetings, as well as your Personal Meeting ID.