2020 Updates

  Spring 2020 

(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 If you find an outdated link or new information that should be posted, please let Molly Bean know (bean.21@osu.edu). 

Post-Pandemic Operations Task Force:  The Ohio State University has established a post-pandemic operations task force to engage in rigorous planning to accelerate our return once it is safe to do so

Updates for Ohio State students, faculty and staff


Information for Ohio State University Students, Faculty and Staff

COVID-19 info:

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)

IT Support

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:

Graduate Education 

Updates from the Graduate School (posted to the SENR website on 4/15/20)

Oral examinations

  • 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.

Graduation updates

  • 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


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  (wirt.9@osu.edu) 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 (fowler.318@osu.edu) 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 

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)

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention