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 Safe and Healthy requirements:

Outdoor masking:

Effective immediately, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask outdoors on Ohio State campuses. 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). We will continue to closely monitor conditions and hope to lift the indoor mask requirement in the fall if the vaccination rate among the university community is sufficiently high.

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 thefact that many of our students live in congregate settings.


The college has a comprehensive plan for limiting population density across all campuses. To help keep individuals safe and healthy, all events and gatherings — whether on or off campus — will be virtual, with 10 or fewer in-person participants. The Ohio State University at Newark reserves the use of all campus spaces, not including the Rotary Park Pavilion in Newark, for internal business purposes only, including instruction, through June 30, 2021. No external events or services will be held on campus during this time frame.

Ohio State Newark campus employee event organizers who want to hold an event on campus should submit the Unit-Managed Submission Form to Dean MacDonald who, if approved, will forward to Vice Provost Randy Smith for consideration. Once the event is approved, the space may be booked with Facilities.

An event is defined as a planned activity, other than academic classes scheduled as part of the college curriculum, that is held in a college building or outdoor space on campus or with a community partner. A gathering is defined as a formal or informal assembly of people that is either planned or spontaneous.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To assist students, faculty, staff and visitors for preparation for our phased return to on-campus operations for autumn semester, the information that follows will help you understand the next steps for campus re-engagement. Please remember that these plans are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Campus Buildings

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, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May 3 to 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 during autumn semester, 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 during autumn semester 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

Table of Contents and the Bean Counter hours of operation: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (limited menu).

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.

Autumn Semester Staffing

Offices that are primarily student facing are expected to have a minimal on-campus presence during the autumn semester. 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 throughout the autumn semester.

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.