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Fall 2021 Semester Plan

Fall 2021 Semester Plan

Given the current trends and public health information, Ohio University is planning toward largely normal operations for Fall 2021 while continuing to work to protect the health of the University community. This includes:

  • Academic Calendar - We will return to a typical academic calendar for the fall semester with the usual return to campuses after Thanksgiving Break to wrap up the semester.

  • Class Formats - Most courses typically delivered in-person will be face-to-face with the exception of some larger classes that may continue in an online or hybrid modality. Details on course formats are provided in Course Offerings.

  • On-Campus Dining - Dining venues will be open with dine-in and take-out options.

  • Student Life - Students on all campuses can look forward to a robust offering of in-person student activities. In addition, many virtual operations will remain in place to support new service expectations from students. Academic buildings and student support facilities will be open.

  • Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing - For Summer and Fall 2021 Semesters, OHIO students, faculty, and staff will participate in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing through the Testing Pathway Program. Those individuals who are fully vaccinated and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination will not have to participate in asymptomatic testing.

  • Vaccination - Ohio University students are encouraged to register for a COVID-19 vaccination through our student vaccination clinic or get vaccinated in their home communities. Students, faculty, and staff are highly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is not required.
  • Mask Policy - Face coverings are no longer required outdoors, regardless of 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. Students and employees who have not selected a pathway or selected the testing pathway are required to follow the guidance for unvaccinated individuals.

  • Quarantine/Isolation Housing - Quarantine and isolation space will remain available on the Athens campus for students living on campus who contract COVID-19 or have been exposed and are not vaccinated.