Safe and Healthy Return to Campus
As we gradually return to the Marion campus this autumn semester, every Buckeye plays an important role in our campus culture of caring. When Buckeyes are safe and healthy, we can stay focused on our endeavors — and on improving lives. Learn what Ohio State is doing and how you can help keep yourself, your family and friends, safe and healthy — whether you’re returning to a campus or continuing to work and study from home. For Marion campus specific return to campus safety information and guidelines visit: https://go.osu.edu/returntocampus for specific university-wide safety information and guidelines visit: https://safeandhealthy.osu.edu.
Guidelines and Requirements
The guidelines and requirements on this website have been created for our university community on all Ohio State campuses by the COVID-19 Transition Task Force based on the recommendations of the Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory subgroup. The guidelines are based on the latest data and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and other authorities. Every individual has a role in keeping the community safe, and the university expects faculty, staff and students to model healthy behaviors.
A pledge will be required for members of the campus community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors, to affirm their understanding of what is needed to help fight the spread of the virus and their intention to do their part. Accountability measures will be in place for those who refuse to abide by required health and safety guidelines.
Physical Distancing Guidelines
- Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others in any public space — indoor or outdoor.
- Classroom, office and common spaces on campus will allocate approximately 30 sq. ft. of usable space per person.
- The number or density of people permitted in buildings and residence halls on Ohio State’s campuses will be reduced to maintain appropriate physical distancing. Those who are able are advised to use stairs instead of elevators to support physical distancing.
- Classes that bring together 100 or more people, including students, faculty and instructional assistants, will be conducted virtually or in a blended model that includes virtual instruction with in-person labs, studio sessions, recitation sections and other arrangements for smaller groups. (Find more on classroom protocols and layouts.)
- Employees will continue to telework whenever possible, and organizers will be expected to conduct most meetings virtually.
- Employees also will be advised to use alternative staffing model options, such as remote work, alternating days/weeks or staggered arrivals and departures, to physical distancing.
Personal Protection & Hygiene
- Face masks must be worn on all Ohio State campuses.
- The university’s face-mask requirements have been strengthened to help protect all members of our community. Masks are required to be worn in all indoor settings on our campuses. Masks must also now be worn outdoors in settings on campus, even when individuals can maintain appropriate physical distancing. Exceptions are made for those dining, participating in strenuous exercise or taking part in performance-based classes as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
- At least twice a day, the university is cleaning bathrooms and disinfecting high touch-point areas (link is external), including door handles, faucets, handrails and other commonly touched surfaces in high-traffic areas.
Daily Health Checks
- A daily health check to report body temperature and health status will be required for all faculty, staff and students each day they intend to be on Ohio State’s campuses or working in the community or with clients on behalf of the university in the autumn. This daily check will be reported through the Ohio State mobile app or https://compass.osu.edu.
Training and Pledge
- All students, faculty and staff must complete an online training course and the Together As Buckeyes Pledge.
- We are all in this Together As Buckeyes, and we all must play our part in fighting COVID-19. Taking the training and pledge as a community represents our shared commitment that we are united in our efforts to stay safe and healthy.
- The 10-minute training has been assigned to BuckeyeLearn transcripts(link is external), and the pledge will be signed electronically upon completion of the course.
- For those returning to any of our campuses, the training and pledge must be completed prior to your return. For those moving into a residence hall, the training and pledge must be completed before moving in.
- Those who have already been working on a campus, including faculty and staff in our hospitals and health care operations, have been implementing these measures and are examples for all Buckeyes. And, even though they’ve been on campus, they are also required to take the online training and sign the pledge as soon as possible, but no later than Aug. 25. For those not physically returning to a campus, the training and pledge need to be completed by the start of autumn semester on Aug. 25.
- The training course will cover expectations for daily health checks, personal protection such as face masks, hygiene, physical distancing, staying informed and more. The pledge acknowledges and an understanding of and commitment to the behaviors described in the training.
- Accommodations will be made for those without access to a computer to complete the training and sign the pledge.
- Accountability measures will be in place for those who do not complete the training and sign the pledge, or choose not to abide by required health and safety guidelines. These accountability measures range from additional training and informal coaching to formal disciplinary action based on existing structures for students, faculty and staff. They are available here.
Frequently asked questions
For student FAQs related to the mandatory online training and Together As Buckeyes Pledge, please visit the Current Students page. For employee FAQs, please visit the Faculty and Staff page.
Counseling & Wellness Services
Scheduling an Appointment
Counseling services are available for free to Ohio State Marion students enrolled on a part-time or full-time basis. To schedule a free, confidential appointment, contact:
Leslie Beary, MSW, LISW-S
Manager of Mental Health & Wellness Services
Ellen Thomas, MS, LSW
Mental Health & Wellness Counselor
For a list of additional resources at Ohio State Marion visit: https://osumarion.osu.edu/student-life/counseling-services.html
Marion Campus specific information and guidelines
• Restrooms – Please practice proper hygiene and maintain physical distancing.
• Water fountains – Out of an abundance of caution, drinking fountains in all Ohio State Marion buildings will be closed. We suggest students bring a water bottle to campus, or purchase sealed water or drinks.
• Common areas – Physical distancing should be maintained in all common areas. Limiting large congregations of people on campus is our goal.
• Eating on campus – Designated spaces on campus have been set aside that allow physical distancing to safely eat. Food should not be consumed in the classroom. Areas have been pre-designated for students to eat, study, and relax: Morrill Hall Auditorium, Morrill Hall Lobby, Morrill Hall 3rd floor, the campus library, Market C Café, the Guthery Community Room(2nd floor Maynard Hall), and both 1st and 2nd floor open central lobby areas in the Science and Engineering Building. WiFi is available in all the above listed areas for students to connect. When eating in approved spaces, students may remove masks, but are asked to put them back on after eating.
• Visitors to campus – Those visiting campus are asked to abide by the same guidelines students, faculty, and staff pledge to abide by for the safety of the entire campus.
• Off campus housing – Ohio State Marion is not directly affiliated with any off campus housing option. Rules and regulations for off-campus housing in relation to COVID19 are at the sole discretion of the independent apartment complex or facility.
• Hygiene on campus - Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.
• Classrooms - All classrooms will be locked when not in use.
• To reduce congestion, students, faculty, and staff are asked to enter Maynard Hall through the east side campus doors and exit through the west side main entrance.
• Furniture and seating areas on campus have been regrouped to promote physical distancing.
• To maintain safe distancing, students, faculty, and staff are requested to observe one person at a time in campus elevators. If you are able, please take the stairwell and stay to your right both ascending and descending the stairs.
• The “Welcome Back” PPE bags will be available for students who could not pick them up on Saturday, August 22nd. They will also be available for staff and faculty on campus.
• Students should regularly check the Ohio State Marion website and monitor signs around campus for specific information about offices and any changes to procedures or guidelines.
Accessing Student Services
Ohio State employees will continue to tele-work whenever possible, and meeting organizers will be expected to conduct most meetings virtually. Employees also will be advised to use alternative staffing model options, such as remote work, alternating days/weeks or staggered arrivals and departures, to promote physical distancing.
If you need assistance, please use the information below to help identify which office to connect with based on your questions. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, stop in Maynard Hall, room 100 and the staff member on duty can help direct you to the appropriate office. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Schedule or cancel appointments with advisors
-Course enrollment questions/ permissions/waitlist issues
-Degree/major requirements/graduation/AA degree
-Hold on record
-Exploration 1100.00 questions
-College Credit Plus Advising
-Campus Change to Columbus
-Former students interested in returning
Call: 740-725-6334 or email: email@example.com
All advisors are teleworking from home through virtual appointments. Please visit our website for individual advisor contact information and commonly asked questions.
Counseling & Wellness Services
-Schedule a virtual appointment
-Learn more about groups/workshops
-Inquire about the Campus Food Pantry/Produce Market/Friendly Fridge
-Request a resource or referral
Call (740) 725-6349 or email Leslie Beary (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ellen Thomas (email@example.com)
-Dates & Deadlines
Prospective student inquiries call 740-725-6242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For questions about applying please contact the Enrollment Services team.
-Help with how to apply to a job (resumes, cover letters, interviewing, virtual and in person)
-Graduate School application assistance
-Assistance with Handshake
Call 740-725-6061 or email: email@example.com, or call 740-725-6334 for virtual appointments available all semester.
Please visit our webpage for more details. https://osumarion.osu.edu/academics/academic-support-services/career-services
-Marion specific Scholarships or other forms of aid
-General financial aid questions
-Military financial benefits
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email: email@example.com or call 614-292-0300 For questions about your financial aid or scholarships contact Kelly Crum or the university BuckeyeLink office. Website: https://osumarion.osu.edu/students/financial-aid/
Retention and Student Success
-Probation/Success Plan appointments
-CSI Consultations -Success Sessions
-Questions related to registration or challenges accessing a session.
Call 740-725-6126 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email email@example.com We look forward to working with you! We will communicate via email with students who need to schedule an appointment with us. We’ll utilize zoom to connect with students throughout the semester.
Student Health Insurance
-Waiving Student Health Insurance
Visit the website for directions on how to complete the waiver for student health insurance or for plan options and other questions. Website: https://shi.osu.edu/
-Accommodations for a documented disability
-Submitting and IEP or 504 Plan
-Scheduling to take a quiz or test in Disability Services
-COVID19-related requests or concerns for exceptions (non-emergency)
We support students with disabilities by providing confidential support services, auxiliary aids, and accommodations. Send an email to get started! https://osumarion.osu.edu/academics/academic-support-services/disability-services.html
Student Life/Diversity and Inclusion
-Consultation and Assessment Team
-Title IX Concerns
Call 740-725-6219 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our campus is dedicated toward a welcoming climate and safety for all. Contact me via email for any concerns or questions. https://osumarion.edu/student-life/about-us.html
Student Life Clubs & Activities
-Student Clubs and Organizations
-University Student Government
-Off Campus Housing
Call 740-725-6273 or email: email@example.com
We offer virtual events and Clubs and Organizations. https://osumarion.osu.edu/student-life/about-us.html
Marion Campus Recreation
-Campus Recreation & Intramurals
Call 740-725-6015 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about your Buck ID or Recreational Activities, please email me https://osumarion.osu.edu/student-life/about-us.html
-Marion military services (non-financial)
-Diversity programming & activities -
Call 740-725-6258 or email: email@example.com
For questions about veteran related events or diversity activities, please contact Kathleen Clemons-Keller via email.