How did the University decide which students would be eligible to return to campus in Phase 2?
The Ohio University Fall Curriculum Scenario Group, as well as deans, department chairs and directors, and faculty members worked through the summer to prioritize eligibility for students engaged in academic experiences that require access to in-person instruction, specialized equipment, or specific facilities to ensure academic progress toward degree requirements.
Every student is important, and we look forward to the day all can return to face-to face classes.
The academic colleges prioritized students who must log clinical hours, practical hours or other documented experiences would be the first priority to return, as safely as possible, to our campuses, labs, and other specialized facilities.
Additional students were added based on recommendations for who would most benefit from access to labs, workshops, studios, and specialized equipment, such as students who engage in research, upper-class students in capstone experiences, and students who need access to specific equipment or facilities.
University Planning reviewed every classroom space with colleagues across all campuses to implement CDC and state guidance for safe distancing. This reduced our classroom capacity significantly – with new capacities approximately 25 percent of usual capacity.
We consulted with our Chief Medical Affairs Officer and Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations as well as Athens County Health and Medical Directors, while leveraging available public health data to guide our planning. We determined that we can best manage risk to our Athens campus community by continuing a reduced density model while also carefully increasing access to campus. We will bring approximately 30 percent of undergraduate students and 100 percent of all graduate students back to Athens for Phase 2.