COVID-19 Public Health Measures
The following strategies keep OHIO's campuses safe.
Presidential Health Directives
All OHIO students, faculty, and staff are expected to comply with specific health requirements outlined in the Presidential Health Directives, issued pursuant to Interim Policy 44.102, which provides the University the ability to take appropriate community health measures to address health and safety threats.
Face covering requirements on OHIO campuses are based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Community Levels. Visit the University's mask policy page for details and weekly updates on community levels for each OHIO campus.
OHIO COVID-19 Protocol
Any student, faculty, or staff member who lives on or off campus and tests positive for COVID-19, experiences symptoms, or is exposed to a COVID-positive person must follow the OHIO COVID-19 Protocol.
Ohio University does not require COVID-19 vaccination for Ohio University employees and non-residential students. Students living in Ohio University residence housing are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Students must verify in their University housing agreement whether they have received the COVID-19 vaccination or sign a waiver acknowledging the risks of not being vaccinated against the virus. Some students and employees participating in clinical and other experiential learning programs may have to meet vaccination requirements of those external partners.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, follow the OHIO COVID-19 Protocol, which will involve getting tested for COVID-19 via a health care provider.
Rapid antigen COVID-19 tests are available on all OHIO campuses for students, faculty, and staff who would like to check their health.
Case Investigation & Contact Tracing
Public Health Operations performs case investigation for OHIO-related COVID-19 cases and for community cases in Athens County. COVID-positive individuals should inform their close contacts directly. Close contacts are people you have been around (less than six feet away for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) starting with the two-day period before you first had symptoms OR, if you do not have symptoms, during the two days before you tested positive for COVID-19 through to the time you started isolation.
Quarantine & Isolation
Guidelines and information about quarantine and isolation are available in the OHIO COVID-19 Protocol. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow the protocol if they test positive for COVID-19, experience symptoms, or are exposed to the virus. Individuals will receive an email with additional information after they submit an incident report as part of the protocol.
Health & Safety Resources / PPE
Each planning unit has identified one PPE Planning Unit Contact for coordination of all COVID-related PPE needs. This individual will work directly with departments within each planning unit to consolidate PPE needs and work with Purchasing to fulfill those requests. Effective immediately, all PPE requests must be made through this planning unit contact.
Wastewater Surveillance Testing
OHIO’s wastewater surveillance testing effort is part of a grant project project awarded by the Ohio Department of Health to Guy Riefler, Civil Engineering chair and professor, Karen Coschigano, Biomedical Sciences associate professor, and Gillian Ice, special assistant to the President for Public Health Operations. Because wastewater surveillance testing can detect remnants of the COVID-19 virus before individuals have symptoms, this testing is part of an early warning system to detect outbreaks in residence halls.