COVID-19 RESPONSE Updates
(most recent at top - scroll down for Resources on accessing IT Support, Teaching Support, Graduate Updates, and Mental Health and Coping. If you find an outdated link or new information that should be posted, please let Molly Bean know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Updates for Ohio State students, faculty and staff
- May 16: Summer term and transition planning: A message from the President
- May 9: Nurses and hospital weeks, post-pandemic planning, summer term: A message from the President
- May 2: Virtual commencement, #GivingTuesdayNow, student emergency grants: A message from the President
- April 30: Transition planning information: A message from the President
- April 25: University examining budget reduction scenarios, student aid available, emergency declaration extended: A message from the President
- April 21: Together As Buckeyes emergency grants program: A message from the President
- April 18: State of emergency, capital projects, post-pandemic task force: A message from the President
- April 13: Buckeyes showing compassion during this extraordinary time: A message from the President
- April 11: State of emergency extension, budgetary contingency planning, resources and other updates: A message from the President
- April 3: Virtual graduation, disaster declaration extension and contingency planning
- April 1: Doing our part in our shared effort to defeat this pandemic: A message from the President
- April 1: Continuation of virtual teaching and learning for Summer 2020 term, academic calendar changes: A message from the Provost
- March 27: Information about refunds, grade policy changes and support resources: A message from the President
- March 26: COVID-19 case updates: A message from the President (PDF) (posted on SENR website on March 27, 2020)
- March 26: Grade policy changes: A message from the Provost (PDF) (posted on SENR website on March 27, 2020)
- March 22: University state of emergency: A message from the President (PDF) (posted on SENR website on March 23, 2020)
- March 20: Flexibility for students: A message from the Provost (PDF) (posted on SENR website on March 23, 2020)
- March 20: Staying safe: A message from the President (PDF) (posted on SENR website on March 23, 2020)
- March 19: To the Research Community (Source: from Dean Kress via India Fuller - dated March 19, 2020, posted on SENR website on March 19, 2020)
Faculty and graduate students are not to keep coming to labs, greenhouses, or other facilities to continue research activity. Nor are you to gather in remote locations. We realize the significant negative impact this will have on the CFAES research community in many ways and will work to provide you with additional relevant details to understand and minimize those effects.
Please note that the university is defining critical research as:
1) COVID-19 research that has the potential to mitigate the spread of the pandemic;
2) Certain medical research that if discontinued would endanger the lives of the participants in the research; or
3) Procedures that require timely and regular attention from a person to maintain critical laboratory infrastructure and experimental conditions. For example, providing animal support, maintaining equipment that requires gas, cryogenic service, monitoring irreplaceable cell lines, and other substantially similar treatments.
- March 19: Campus classrooms or other spaces on campus to virtually teach is not permitted. (Source: Steve Neal, CFAES Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs - Dated March 19, 2020, posted on SENR website on March 19, 2020). Faculty/Instructors: Reach out to Kylienne Shaul to brainstorm alternative ideas.
- March 17: Email to [All-extension] CFAES Research Questions as related to COVID-19 (Source: Gary M. Pierzynski, CFAES Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Director, Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station - Dated March 17, 2020, posted on SENR website on March 17, 2020)
- March 17: Email to University Faculty, Staff and Students (PDF) (Source: The Office of the President, Michael V. Drake, The Ohio State University - posted on the website March 17)
- March 16: A message from the Provost (PDF) (Source: Office of the Provost, Bruce McPheron, The Ohio State University - posted on the SENR website on March 17)
- March 16: Email to University Faculty, Staff and Students (PDF) (Source: The Office of the President, Michael V. Drake, The Ohio State University - posted on the SENR website on March 17)
- March 16: Email to CFAES Research Community (Source: Gary M. Pierzynski, CFAES Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Director, Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station - Dated March 16, 2020, posted on SENR website on March 16, 2020)
- March 15: Email to University Faculty, Staff and Students (PDF) (Source: The Office of the President, Michael V. Drake, The Ohio State University - Dated March 15, 2020 - posted on SENR website on March 16, 2020)
Interim Ohio State Guidance and FAQs on Human Subjects-Related Research Visits during COVID-19 Outbreak POSTED: MARCH 12, 2020 Effective March 12th, 2020 (revised 3/14/2020) (Source: Office of Research, Office of Responsible Research Practices, The Ohio State University - posted on SENR website on March 16, 2020)
- March 13: Email to University Faculty and Staff (PDF) (Source: The Office of the President, Michael V. Drake, The Ohio State University - Dated March 13, 2020 - posted on SENR website on March 16, 2020)
- Subject: [All-extension] URGENT: Business Travel Update for Extension Professionals (Source: all-extension listserv - Dated March 13, 2020 - posted on SENR website on March 13, 2020)
- March 12: Email to University Faculty and Staff (PDF) (Source: The Office of the President, Michael V. Drake, The Ohio State University - Dated March 12, 2020 posted on SENR website on March 13, 2020)
- Important Travel Reminders (Source: SENR, Dated March 12, 2020 and posted on SENR website on March 13, 2020)
- Graduate School Message regarding COVID-19 Impact and Protocol (Source: The Graduate School, The Ohio State University - Dated March 12, 2020 posted on SENR website on March 12, 2020)
Working Through COVID-19 - Human Resources at Ohio State (Source: Human Resources, The Ohio State University - posted on SENR website on March 12, 2020)
Coronavirus temporary travel guidelines (Source: Office of Business and Finance, The Ohio State University - Dated March 11, 2020 posted on SENR website on March 11, 2020)
Extension--COVID-19FAQs-10March20 (Source: all-extension listserv - Dated March 10, 2020 posted on SENR website on March 11, 2020)
- COVID-19FAQs 3.10.20 (Source: cfaes-all listserv - Dated March 10, 2020 posted on SENR website on March 11, 2020)
- Coronavirus and Your Research Program (Source: Office of Research, The Ohio State University posted on SENR website on March 10, 2020)
- Letter to The Ohio State Community from The Office of the President, Michael V. Drake (Dated March 9, 2020 posted on SENR website March 10, 2020)
State of Ohio: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/ (posted on SENR website on March 11, 2020)
https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/features/coronavirus (posted on SENR website March 10, 2020)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html (posted on SENR website March 10, 2020)
Prevention and treatment (from the CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html (posted on SENR website March 10, 2020)
All IT Service Desk locations, including BuckeyeBars, are closed for walk-in support.
The IT Service Desk will continue to provide IT support remotely through the following methods 24/7:
- For immediate assistance, call 614-514-4848
- For non-urgent requests, contact online:
Updates from the Graduate School (posted to the SENR website on 4/15/20)
- Effective through summer 2020, the oral portion of the doctoral candidacy examination and the final oral examination for master’s and doctoral students will not require a petition to be held via videoconference. All other videoconference guidelines must be followed, including the requirement to schedule 2.5 hours for the exam in case of technical problems.
- Spring 2020 end-of-semester graduation deadline has been further extended to July 2, 2020. Students who intend to switch to the end-of-semester deadline may do so by April 24.
- Online thesis/dissertation format reviews will continue to be provided through the end of summer 2020.
- Students intending to graduate in summer 2020 who have a grade of “Incomplete” in a spring 2020 course are strongly encouraged to have a final course grade by the July 2, 2020 spring End of Semester deadline, ahead of the July 18, 2020 extended deadline, in order to graduate in summer term without enrolling.
- All graduating students should ensure that they have kept their address on file until their graduation but must also leave a forwarding address with the university. This will ensure that diplomas, once awarded, are forwarded correctly.
Recording and chat archive from 4/3 forum on recent announcements and resources for graduate students related to the university’s coronavirus changes: https://osu.zoom.us/rec/play/6JYtIuisqG83EtGc4wSDC_d8W467L62s0SFIr_MPz0rnVSYKZgWhNeATYurydYEKEHzs5YyACBFbUtOR
Presentation slideshow: https://osu.box.com/s/i1en06whinved8j2o3anw2cbnowjlicd
- CarmenZoom training resources: https://resourcecenter.odee.osu.edu/carmenzoom
- Teaching resources and links: keepteaching.osu.edu
- https://carmen-services.it.ohio-state.edu/Events/ (Keep Teaching workshops offered throughout the rest of this week and over the weekend - posted on the SENR website March 12, 2020)
- Office of Distance Education help desk
Keep Teaching SENR Recording and FAQS (Source: Email sent to 3-SENR Listservs from Kylienne Shaul on March 12, 2020 and posted to SENR website on March 13, 2020)
Resources for Online Labs, Simulations (list posted to SENR website March 12, 2020)
Open Source templates for Science labs: Following is a list of open-source resources for online labs provided by the OCIO for potential use in instruction.
HHMI Biointeractive Resources for Life Sciences and Earth Science: https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources
Virtual Anatomy Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJzco_RimSMKvH7sg7TWoGw/playlists
Interactive Simulations and Instructional Resources for STEM: https://phet.colorado.edu/
University of Chicago Climate and Carbon Cycle Models: http://climatemodels.uchicago.edu/
MIT Sloan School Climate Interactive modeling: https://www.climateinteractive.org/tools/
Concord Consortium Simulations: http://mw.concord.org/modeler/showcase/index.html
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) Visualizations: https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/visualization/collections.html
Support for the Campus Community
FOR FACULTY AND STAFF ADVISING STUDENTS: Access to Counseling and Consultation Services at The Ohio State University (summarized email shared with Academic Advisors; posted on SENR website March 20, 2020)
Effective March 18, 2020, all OSU Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) staff, including David Wirt (CFAES's Embedded Clinical Counselor) are tele-commuting until further notice. The CCS phone line 614-292-5766 remains available for emergency assistance 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Students can push 2 to reach a mental health counselor at any time.
CCS has suspended onsite and in person services, including those at embedded locations, through at least May 3, 2020. David Wirt is unable to provide therapy at this time. He is able to connect with students for a 30 minute phone or video consultation using Carmen Zoom or Skype. These consultations are offered 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday in order to check in with our students, problem solve, and offer support. If needed, David can also assist the student to link with resources in their area. Students will need to share with David their address/location at the time of the call.
Students can access many self-help tools that are available on the CCS website at https://ccs.osu.edu . The CCS COVID-19 updates page linked to the website is a great resource. On that page, students will find helpful coping skills such as the mental health strategies video series. This time that can be difficult for many. All students can be encouraged to check that out.
This link also contains some great information for coping right now: https://u.osu.edu/emotionalfitness/2020/03/12/mental-health-tips-during-covid-19-coronavirus/
As we progress toward returning to the academic semester, please reach out to David Wirt (email@example.com) with questions, student concerns, and any other consultation needs 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday.
If you encounter a suspected emergency situation with any student during this time, crisis support is available by calling CCS at 614-292-5766. If this happens with the student remotely located, please try to get as much contact information about the student such as name, phone number, OSU dot #, and address where they are currently located. If you suspect safety is at risk or compromised at that time for the student or anyone they are with, please call 9-1-1. They will help immediately regardless of where the student is physically located. After you have done one of the steps above, please let me know of the situation so that follow up contact attempts can be made with the student. Please make sure to provide me with the best way to reach you right now too.
This is an unusual time for all of us. Please practice good self-care, social distancing, and stay safe. Additional information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at https://cdc.gov . Faculty and Staff should also remember our OSU Employee Assistance Program https://osuhealthplan.com is still available by contacting 614-292-4700 or 800-678-6269.
Campus food pantry is open!
Buckeye Food Alliance (Food Pantry) will be extending hours beginning on Monday, March 23, and will run solely out of the Lincoln Tower location (Rm. 150). Hours of operation for the remainder of Spring Semester:
- Monday 10a-2p
- Friday 11a-3p
- Thursday 10a-2p
- Wednesday 4p-8p
- Tuesday 4p-8p
Contact Nick Fowler (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule an appointment if these hours do not work for you.
COVID-19 financial assistance for students (updated May 1, 2020)
Student Emergency Fund – Student Advocacy Center, The Ohio State University (updated May 1, 2020)
In an effort to provide assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, students are encouraged to apply for emergency funding through a centralized application. The university will be using a number of financial resources to assist students during this time. Students may find the application and additional information here.
Your Plan for Health Resources https://yp4h.osu.edu/
- Your Plan for Health Stress Less Center https://yp4h.osu.edu/resources/reduce-stress/ (posted on SENR website on March 19, 2020)
A Message From the Chief Wellness Officer: How to cope with anxiety about coronavirus https://wellness.osu.edu/chief-wellness-officer/covid-19-resources (posted on SENR website on March 16, 2020)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/)