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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. OHIO is continuing to evaluate and update course modalities as public health guidance changes.

  • 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. Individuals will test more or less frequently based on vaccination status.

  • 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 - Facial coverings will continue to be required on campuses until we reach thresholds for vaccination or community spread set by our University public health leaders – 70 percent of our students vaccinated and a ratio below 50 cases per 100,000.

  • 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. 


Latest Fall Planning Updates

April 15, 2021
OHIO to move more fall courses to face-to-face

As we continue to see positive trends in the adoption of vaccination and the spread of cases, Ohio University is beginning to shift even more fall 2021 courses to face-to-face. Under the guidance of public health experts and in coordination with other Ohio public universities, we have reduced the required distancing in classrooms from six to three feet. 

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