Ohio University

Safety Protocols and PPE

Temperature Checks/Symptom Monitoring

All students, faculty, and staff will be required to measure their body temperature and complete a Required Daily COVID Symptom Assessment daily before leaving their residence hall and/or leaving home to come to campus. In addition, they must monitor for symptoms include one or more of the following:  

  • temperature of 100.4°F or higher
  • respiratory symptoms (dry cough or shortness of breath)
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • body ache
  • chills
  • loss of taste or smell

If an individual has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher or is experiencing any of the symptoms above, they must not come to campus or leave their residence hall room, and they should immediately contact their primary healthcare provider or Campus Care. Once on campus, if student/staff become ill, they should return home immediately and contact their healthcare provider. Employees should also contact their immediate supervisor.

Random Testing

The University has partnered with CVS Pharmacy conduct random COVID-19 testing in Athens beginning September 21. This program will identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus and monitor its prevalence. Read more about asymptomatic testing

Mask Policy

Ohio University has implemented an interim policy that requires students, faculty, staff and visitors to any of our campuses to wear a mask or face covering. All students, faculty and staff will be provided with two washable masks by the University upon return to campus. Acceptable masks must cover the nose, mouth and chin. Masks must be worn:

  • When entering, exiting, or waiting in line to enter any building on any campus of the Ohio University.
  • While in any Ohio University building and in areas that are accessible to and are intended for the use of the public or by more than one person, including classrooms.
  • In any public transportation on any campus of Ohio University, such as a bus or other public transit vehicle, a taxi or ridesharing vehicle, any other vehicle for hire, or at a transit stop or waiting area for any public transportation.
  • In any outdoor space or outdoor place where or when a person is unable to maintain or does not maintain physical separation of not less than six feet from others who are not members of their own household. For students that live in Ohio University housing, a “household” consists of roommates of the same room or suite.

Masks will not be required for children under the age of 10 or while walking or exercising outdoors, so long as physical separation of not less than six feet is maintained or while walking or exercising outdoors with other members of the same household.

See the official policy for exceptions.

Learn how to sew your own masks. The CDC has also provided guidance for making simplified (non-sewn) masks.

Physical Distancing

Anyone on campus shall practice social distancing by ensuring a 6-foot distance between people not of the same household at all times. All campus spaces have been reviewed and new maximum capacities have been set based on the ability to maintain a six-foot distance between individuals. Ingress and egress of buildings will be marked with floor signage demonstrating a six foot distance in order to combat crowding at entrances and exits. In addition, signage will indicate one-way traffic flow in some areas to ensure physical distancing.

Student organization meetings should take place virtually or, when necessary to meet in person, should ensure meetings include 10 people or less and are held in spaces that allow for a minimum of six feet between students.

Employees whose work can be effectively completed remotely will continue in this modality to maintain reduced density on campus in order to avoid over-crowding of sidewalk traffic and on-campus transit.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Ohio University will provide all students returning to campus with two OHIO-branded masks, a thermometer, and hand sanitizer. Each of these items is considered essential personal protective supplies as all faculty, staff and students must wear a mask on campus, must take their temperature and assess their own health prior to leaving their residence hall or off-campus residence to come to campus, and must wash their hands frequently. When hand-washing is not possible, individuals should use a hand sanitizer that includes at least 70% alcohol.

All members of the Ohio University community are expected to practice these habits at all times to keep our community safe.

Campus Care

Any student who identifies symptoms of COVID-19 during their daily self check should contact their primary healthcare provider or Campus Care. The Urgent Care at OhioHealth Campus Care is now offering same-day appointments in place of traditional walk-in appointments. Please call ahead and schedule an appointment to limit the number of patients Campus Care has in the clinic at one time. All calls received by 4:30 p.m. will be seen that same day. Campus Care is also offering virtual visits. Campus Care can be reached at 740-592-7100, through your OhioHealth MyChart or at campuscare@ohio.edu.

Ohio University is in the process of broadening its partnership with Ohio Health in order to ensure students have access to timely testing and case management.

Cleaning Protocols

Ohio University’s Facilities Management and Safety team continues use of its modified cleaning process, originally created in March, to keep our University community safe while ensuring spaces are fully sanitized.

The changes include using EPA-approved disinfectants that destroy the COVID-19 virus and focusing cleaning efforts on common spaces, restrooms, and high touch points. High touch points are areas that are frequently touched by individuals’ hands as they move through a facility, such as door handles and glass, handrails, drinking fountains, faucet handles, light switches, and elevator keypads.

When campus reopens for normal traffic, Facilities Management and Safety will continue to focus on common areas, restrooms and high touch points, and when in-person classes resume, staff will add additional in-depth cleaning and disinfection of classrooms on a daily basis, along with increased cleaning services in residence halls.

Once these cleaning tasks are complete, staff then move on to project work, such as detailed and restorative cleaning, such as floor refinishing, carpet cleaning, cleaning of light fixtures, and deep cleaning of restrooms. With limited functions returning to campus in recent weeks, more emphasis has been placed on cleaning of public spaces and less emphasis on project work.