The Ohio State University at Lima

Faculty and Staff Return to Campus FAQs

Below are answers to some of your frequently asked questions. We will update this page as we receive additional questions.

We encourage you to continue asking questions as they arise – any questions can be directed to Meggie Young.

Employee Reporting Guidelines:

  • You must report a positive COVID-19 test result to your supervisor.
    • For Tenure-line faculty contact Tim Rehner
    • For Associated faculty contact Mark Kleffner
    • For Staff contact your immediate supervisor
    • Your supervisor will then contact the unit’s HR Business Partner.
  • You must notify Employee Health Services (EHS) by calling 614-366-3689 if tested positive outside of Ohio State and test positive.
    • If you are tested at an Ohio State site, the Ohio State contact tracing team and Columbus Public Health will be notified of the positive result.
  • The university Case Investigation and ContaCOVID-19ct Tracing Team (CICTT) OR the county Public Health contact tracers will contact you as they perform case investigation and contact tracing.
  • If you learn of a COVID-19 positive or possible COVID-19 positive employee in your unit, do not share the employee's health information. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information is protected by HIPAA and other laws. Please work with EHS and the CICTT to provide the appropriate follow up.
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Which classrooms will have exit or entry protocols?

Science 100, 170, 115, 312, 321, 370 and 380 will have clearly marked entry and exit signage which will be completed before classes begin.

What is the cleaning protocol for classrooms?

Students and faculty should wipe down their personal area (e.g. seat, desk or podium, keyboard, mouse) on their arrival in the classroom before use. Individuals may use the wipes that are part of the university's welcome kit or the cleaning supplies within each classroom. Members of the campus community should also plan to engage in regular hand hygiene throughout the day (e.g., prior to coming to class, immediately after leaving class).

Watch this video to see HOW faculty need to clean classrooms using the university-provided supplies.

Is the cleaning schedule for other high touch areas going to be posted somewhere?

No. Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected nightly. In addition, custodians will clean bathrooms and disinfect high touch point areas at least twice a day, including door handles, faucets, handrails, and other commonly touched surfaces in high traffic areas.

Does every classroom offer a microphone and an option to record my lecture to share if a student would not be able to attend and is that technology ready to go?

Yes. OCIO is equipping all classrooms with a camera and microphone.

What is the protocol if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

In all cases students, faculty and staff who are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus.
  • Contact your primary care provider. If you do not have a PCP, contact a local health care clinic in your area.
    A list of Allen County COVID-19 testing sites can be found here.
  • If your primary care provider recommends you be tested for COVID-19, you must quarantine yourself; work from home, if you are able to work; and not participate in on campus activities until your test results are back.
  • If your primary care provider does not recommend a COVID-19 test, please follow the regular leave policy until you are fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours.”
  • If COVID-19 test comes back negative, you need to be asymptomatic for 24 hours before returning to campus.
  • If COVID-19 test comes back positive, you will need to quarantine for 10 days, and still be asymptomatic for 24 hours before returning to work.

    If you test positive, you will need to let their supervisor know. If tested outside of Ohio State you must contact the employee health services at 614-366-3689 to report the positive test result. For students who test outside of Ohio State they should report the positive test result to the OSU contact tracing team at 614-292-4321.

    Additional information regarding COVID-19 protocols for employees can be found here.

What happens if I register a fever when I arrive at campus?

If you have a fever at one of the temperature scanners on campus, then you must immediately leave campus and follow the COVID protocols (see above).

What if a member of my immediate family gets sick - are there any special protocols during this time that I need to consider?

If someone knows they have been exposed to COVID-19, they will need to be quarantined for the entire 14 days.

If I find that due to illness I can’t be F2F with my class, can I change the class to a synchronous zoom for that day?

Yes. We urge you to communicate that possibility with your students from the beginning. The syllabi should encourage students to check the status of every class the night before. Having pre-planned lectures, activities, etc. before the class begins would be helpful in preparing students for the sudden shift in teaching modality.

Are we using different protocols for flu vs. COVID? Or are we treating all COVID-related symptoms the same this autumn?

Symptoms, no matter what that the cause, will be treated as though they were COVID until COVID has been ruled out. Individuals should be symptom free, no matter the etiology, for at least 24 hours before returning to campus. If COVID was diagnosed, then 14 days and symptom free for 24 hours.

Do we need to provide live captioning for our course-related teaching videos?

Regional campuses and ASC have indicated that captions for recorded videos for classroom use are not required this semester unless at least one student in that class has an accommodation for captioning.

Is assigned seating required for in-person classes?

To support contact tracing, faculty should document where students are sitting in the classroom during each class session. For larger classes, the faculty member could send around a class diagram and have students mark their seat with their name.

What should faculty do if a student is not following correct health and safety measures?

Faculty should first alert both campus security and Shane McCrory. They should then submit an incident report: . This report should be submitted even in situations where at student accidently forgets to wear his or her mask.

This information can be found on the safe and healthy site under teaching.

What should happen when I get to campus?

First, wear your mask. Masks are required both indoors and outdoors at Ohio State.

Second, all buildings will be equipped with temperature scanners. You will need to scan your forehead in this scanner before you can go to your class/office/etc. This requirement is true for each time you enter an Ohio State building. The focus of the scanners is around identification of symptoms. This precaution is in addition to the daily temperature checking submitted on the OSU website or app as outlined in the Buckeye Pledge.

Will COVID testing be available on campus?

The university is not moving forward to test students living in privately owned/operated facilities at this time. Details are still being discussed around bringing Covid-19 testing to the regional campuses. Timeline and procedure for testing will be available when we have more information.

Are there designated locations for Food and Beverages?

We’re assigning spaces in most of our buildings where students, faculty, and staff can eat and drink: Galvin basement, the Webb, Reed Cafeteria, etc. Because of the importance of masks in limiting the spread of COVID-19, we are not allowing food or drinks in classrooms.

Should I take my mask off to sneeze?


Can I take my mask off to teach?

It depends.

If you are teaching with students in the room, then you need to wear a mask and practice safe social distancing.

If you are teaching and no one is physically present (for example: to either record or broadcast lectures), then you may remove your mask to teach.

When will faculty PPE arrive?

Faculty PPE should be on campus before classes begin and will be found in the faculty resource center in each building.