The Ohio State University at Marion

Coronavirus information and updates for the Marion campus

Dean Rose Letters to the Ohio State Marion community
>>> May 4, 2020
>>> April 19, 2020
>>> April 13, 2020
>>> April 10, 2020 (to students)
>>> March 30, 2020 (to students)
>>> March 29, 2020
>>> March 23, 2020 (All campus buildings closed, no access through 3-29-20)
>>> March 22, 2020 >>> March 19, 2020 >>> March 18, 2020


Ohio State Student Emergency Fund

In an effort to provide assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, students are encouraged to use this portal to apply for all financial resources available. Students may fill out the application by using this link.

For eligibility requirements and application process please visit:
If you wish to support emergency financial assistance for Ohio State Students, please visit the donation page.

Check Email and Carmen Every Day

As we all work together through this unprecedented time, here are some tips for success in continuing your education and keeping safe:

  • Check your email and Carmen every day! Updated information will be there from faculty and staff.
  • Take advantage of our small class size, even if we’re not on campus, and the availability of your professors. Email your professors with coursework questions.
  • Reach out to your advisor for questions about courses and procedures.
  • Refer to
  • Follow guidance about staying at home as much as possible and maintaining physical distance.
  • Take care of yourself and your loved ones
  • We will get through this together.

Virtual graduation celebration and speaker; live commencement ceremony to be planned at later date

The university will hold a historic virtual commencement on May 3 with Apple CEO Tim Cook delivering the commencement address. The livestreamed event will begin at noon on Sunday, May 3. We expect to award approximately 12,000 diplomas. In light of restrictions on large gatherings at this time, there will be no students or guests in Ohio Stadium. Graduates will receive their degrees by mail. Importantly, this in no way limits or excludes a live commencement ceremony for our class. We will hold a graduation ceremony at a later date for members of the spring Class of 2020, their families and guests, at a time that is safe and practical. The Class of 2020 will be actively included in the scheduling and planning.

Ohio State Marion Virtual Media Lab

The Ohio State University at Marion Media Lab is now offering virtual technology support to students. Services include Carmen navigational help along with Zoom support for online class meetings and exam sessions utilizing the Proctorio platform. OSU Box cloud access and other general questions will be answered. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call the phone number below to ask lab assistant questions or set up Zoom meeting appointment: (740)725-6336. Students will be helped in the order in which they call.

Zoom Meeting Link: (for appointments only) You may also send email to the Media Lab email account for help:

Media Lab email: Our lab assistant Scott Shirk is available to help from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and Mary Duke from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Virtual Academic Success Center Procedures

The Marion Academic Success Center will continue to serve students through Ohio State’s move to online/virtual education for the remainder of Spring 2020. All writing consultations, STEM Center tutoring, and Math Lab tutoring will be held via phone-conferencing or online using the video-conferencing app Zoom.

Math Lab
Mary Ellen and peer tutors will continue to provide support for all math courses through Mathematics 1172 and all 1000-level Statistics courses. For services previously provided through the walk-in Math Lab, email Mary Ellen at to schedule an appointment. Appointments will begin as 30-minute phone conferences with the capability to switch to Zoom as needed.

Writing Center

The Marion Campus Writing Center will continue to serve students through Ohio State’s move to online/virtual education for the remainder of Spring 2020. All writing consultations will be held online using the video-conferencing app Zoom.
Spring 2020 – Online Drop-in Hours (subject to change) Monday: 10am – 2pm Tuesday: 10am – 2pm Wednesday: 9am – 1pm Thursday: 11am – 1pm, 7-9pm Friday: closed.
Go to The first time you visit, you will be prompted to install the Zoom app. You may be prompted to log in with your OSU username. Audio and Video will be turned ON by default when you enter the room. If none of these time blocks work for you, you may email to set up an appointment. Or, you may set up an online consultation through the Columbus campus Writing Center at, which will be conducted through a text-based platform (no video).

STEM Center
Dr. Rye-McCurdy will provide support in chemistry and biology courses during virtual drop-in hours. Please email her at to arrange a peer tutor for geology, physics, and engineering.
Spring 2020 – Online Drop-in Hours (subject to change) Monday: 2pm-4pm Tuesday: 9:30am-11:30am and 2pm-4pm Wednesday: 2pm-4pm (except 1st Wed of each month) Thursday: 9:30am-11:30am and 2pm-4pm Friday: closed.
Go to The first time you visit, you will be prompted to install the Zoom app. You may be prompted to log in with your OSU username. Audio and Video will be turned ON by default when you enter the room. If none of these time blocks work for you, you may email to set up an appointment.

Mobile Hotspot Provides Connectivity
A Good Solution For Rural Internet Issues

A mobile hotspot, also known as a portable hotspot, provides a wireless Internet connection anywhere the mobile device goes, as long as it is in range of cellular data service. Devices commonly used with a mobile hotspot include laptops, tablets and any other device that is Wi-Fi enabled. A smartphone may also be used as a mobile hotspot. A hotspot device comes with cellular data service. Other phones, laptops and tablets then use this hotspot device to access the Internet. You can check with your cellular provider to see if you can enable a mobile hotspot (for a nominal fee). Mobile hotpots are a good solution for those who live in rural areas and do not have Internet access. Students may consult with the IT Help Desk at 614-688-4357 regarding questions and support.

Classes resume online Monday, March 23

Beginning Monday, March 23, instruction on all Ohio State campuses will be virtual for the remainder of spring semester. Visit the Ohio State Keep Teaching and Keep Learning websites for more details. Faculty visit: Students visit:

Ohio State postpones spring commencement due to COVID-19

Ohio State’s spring commencement ceremony has been postponed without a new date due to COVID-19, University President Michael V. Drake announced in a university-wide email Tuesday. Although the university prefers to reschedule commencement — which usually takes place in Ohio Stadium and hosted 12,213 graduates in spring 2019 — Drake said it would be “premature” to selected a new date yet. The postponement is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that no large events be held over the next eight weeks, according to the email. (read more) This is a story from the 3-18-2020 edition of The Lantern.

Marion Campus Library closed

Effective March 18th, 2020: The library is closed until further notice. All library services will be provided virtually. OhioLINK has indefinitely suspended lending across OhioLINK’s member institutions. Students, Faculty, and Staff, fines will be waived during this time, so don't worry about returning library materials. The bookdrops will not be accessible. For questions, please contact library staff.
Head Librarian: Pat Wood 740-725-6335 Library Associate: Deanna Bachtell 740-725-6327

CampusParc to provide partial refund for annual parking permits

CampusParc will provide prorated refunds to those who have purchased an annual permit, company CEO Sarah Blouch said in a message on its website Monday. The message comes in response to an email sent Thursday to students, faculty and staff in which University President Michael V. Drake said all in-person classes for the rest of the spring semester would be moved to a virtual format. (read more)

Ohio Primary Update

The election has been officially moved to June 2, OSU Votes will continue spread information regarding this change and assist in whatever ways we can to make sure students, staff, and faculty have the information they need to vote. Below is language from the Secretary of States website, which can be found here:

  • In-person voting will take place on June 2nd.
  • Ohioans can request an absentee ballot up until May 26th. They must be postmarked no later than June 1st.
  • All votes already submitted by mail or in-person will count.
  • Only those registered to vote by the primary deadline of February 18th are eligible to vote.

For any questions about these changes or how to request an absentee ballot you can email, Anna (, or AJ (

Student Resources


FirstEnergry: FirstEnergy is not shutting off power for customers with overdue accounts until further notice and are offering payment plan options.

Emergency Funds

The Ohio State University Student Advocacy Center: The Student Advocacy Center has an application for Ohio State students for emergency funds. Please note the language on the website states this is only for Columbus students, but they have now opened the application to include all regional students.

Food Access

See Attached Calendar for local food pantries, produce markets, and soup kitchens in Marion, Ohio.

The Salvation Army
Pantry open Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm. Must call on Fridays to schedule an appointment for the following week. PHOTO ID AND PROOF OF RESIDENCE REQUIRED.
317 W. Church St, Marion, Ohio

Life Link Community Church
Food pantry is opened the 4th Tuesday of the month. March 3/24 from 10 am to 2 pm. Call to schedule an appointment. *They will meet you at your car to distribute food pantry items.
248 Olney Avenue, Marion, Ohio

Church of God Victory Center
Food pantry open 3rd Thursday of the month. No appointment needed but must bring PHOTO ID and PROOF of RESIDENCE.
1190 E. Fairground Rd, Marion, Ohio

St.Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Food pantry on the 4th Thursday of the month. On March 26th open at 2pm. No appointment needed but must bring PHOTO ID and PROOF of RESIDENCE.
200 E Water St., Prospect, Ohio.

Landlord/Tenant Issues

Columbus Legal Aid – Marion Office: Columbus Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization providing legal help to low-income Ohioans. For more information about their services and eligibility, requirements contact the Marion Office.
150 Oak St, Marion, OH 43302
(740) 383-2161 1-(888) 301-2411

Lost Employment

Department of Jobs and Family Services: For anyone who has lost employment at this time due to the coronavirus reach out to your local department of Jobs and Family Services. or

Mental Health Services

The Ohio State University at Marion Office of Counseling & Wellness: The Marion Office of Counseling and Wellness will provide all clinical interactions using technology. Students who would like to schedule counseling appointment, please contact Leslie Beary, or Ellen Thomas, and they will help you set up a 30-minute video conference consultation appointment.

Wi-Fi Access

Spectrum: Spectrum is currently offering free Wi-Fi to households with college students.

Comcast: Comcast is offering free Wi-Fi for the next 60 days to low income households.

Other Resources

Love Inc.: Love Inc. works with local Marion churches to meet a variety of needs.
196 S Main Street Suite 103, Marion, OH 43302 740-382-3340

Ohio Heartland Community Actions Commission: For resident in Crawford, Marion, Morrow, and Richland Counties Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission offers services from housing, help with utilities, food, emergency funds, and more.
372 E. Center St. Marion, OH 43302 (740) 387-1039

United Way: United Way located all over the country helps connect people to local nonprofits in their area.

Info Links on Coronavirus: Learn how we’re working to keep our communities safe

The following is a list of important links and information from the university for Ohio State students, faculty and staff

> > > Information for Ohio State Faculty, Staff and Students

The link above includes information on the following:

  • The latest updates for Ohio State students, faculty, and staff
  • Ohio State News: Coronavirus Updates
  • Guidance for faculty and students regarding classroom teaching
  • Telecommuting opportunities for faculty and staff
  • Human Resources guidance for managers/supervisors
  • Events
  • Self Quarantine for Recent Travelers
  • Temporary Travel Restrictions
  • Personal Travel Reporting Requirements
  • Questions
  • Travel Risks and Alerts

> > > Keep Teaching - Temporary Remote Teaching Resources

> > > Keep Learning - Temporary Remote Learning Resources

> > > Keep Working - Temporary Remote Working

> > > Ohio State Alumni Association Events

  • Amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, we have chosen to suspend alumni association events through at least April 20, 2020. Thank you for your understanding as we monitor the situation and work to keep our Buckeye family safe.

> > > Scenarios related to coronavirus and research - The Office of Research

Marion Campus Events Notifications

The safety of the Marion campus and our community is our highest priority. Using the guidance of public health experts about coronavirus (COVID-19),

The Ohio State University is taking a proactive approach to protect the health and well-being of the university community. Recently announced guidelines state that no new, non-essential events will be scheduled on our campuses through April 20, 2020. In addition, we have reevaluated previously scheduled, non-essential events out of an abundance of caution.

Based on that review, we have determined that the following events have been cancelled or postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

(Information updated 4-23-20, 2 p.m.)


Intramural Sports Hour, April 20

POSTPONED EVENTS (original event dates are listed below, rescheduled dates on all events are yet to be determined)

Love Is Not Abuse, March 17

North Central District Science Fair and Marion Area Science and Engineering Fair, March 21

Biometric Screening, March 24

Love is Not Abuse, March 24

Love is Not Abuse, March 31

Rev Up Your Resume, March 31

ALTERNATIVE OR VIRTUAL MEETINGS & EVENTS (Alternative methods of communication, i.e., webinars, skype for business, faq's will be used for meetings, presentations or to impart information, does not require in-person presence)


Student Life Dept. Meeting, April 20