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Be Safe Bobcats

Emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Be Safe Bobcats – Coronavirus Response

As we begin to transition, with care and caution, from a time of reduced density on campus to a robust, activity-filled fall semester, Ohio University continues to be focused on delivering the best possible student experience and on protecting the health of our students, faculty, staff and communities. 

Wherever possible, OHIO plans to resume normal operations for the Fall 2021 semester. To ensure we stay on track toward that goal, every member of our University community must do their part. With that in mind, we have implemented a host of strategies to help reduce spread of COVID-19, and we continue to update those strategies and protocols as we emerge from the pandemic. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about how you can help us keep your University healthy and safe.

What You Need to Know

  • Given the current trends and public health information, Ohio University is planning toward predominantly normal operations for Fall 2021. Find the latest updates on our Fall Planning page.
  • For Summer and Fall 2021 Semesters, OHIO students, faculty, and staff are expected to choose a pathway as part of the COVID-19 Testing Pathway Program. Those individuals who are fully vaccinated and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination will not have to participate in asymptomatic testing. Ohio University encourages students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is not required.
  • Facial coverings are not required outdoors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks indoors, except where otherwise required in healthcare or clinical environments, and on public transportation. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks indoors.
  • Multiple safety measures remain in place to protect the health of our University community. Those protocols will remain in place until we have reached thresholds put in place by our COVID Operations team – 70 percent of our students vaccinated and a ratio below 50 cases per 100,000.
  • OHIO has expanded visits for prospective students and families through innovative planning in partnership with public health leaders.
  • Ohio University regularly updates testing, quarantine and isolation data on our COVID-19 Dashboard.


Get Tested

Experiencing Symptoms?

Do ALL of the following:

  1. Call OHIO COVID Operations at 740-566-8445 and an OHIO COVID Campus Liaison will explain options for scheduling a test.
  2. Notify Ohio University at www.ohio.edu/reportexposure
  3. Isolate to minimize exposure to others.

Think You've Been Exposed?

Email COVIDoperations@ohio.edu or call 740-566-8445 and a COVID Campus Liaison will assess the situation and connect you with testing if needed.

Need an Asymptomatic Test?

All OHIO students, faculty, and staff with a campus presence are required to participate in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing based on their Testing Pathway choice.


COVID-19 News

Browse the most recent OHIO News coverage related to the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as student and faculty communications, and official national pandemic resources.

Coronavirus Updates