Jul 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Online training and pledge

As part of the planned return to on-campus operations, The Ohio State University will require all students, faculty and staff to complete an online training course and the Together As Buckeyes Pledge.

Online training course and Together as Buckeyes Pledge

All students, faculty and staff must complete an online training course and the Together As Buckeyes Pledge. The pledge acknowledges an understanding of and commitment to the behaviors described in the training. It is not a legal waiver.

The 10-minute training will be assigned in the coming weeks to BuckeyeLearn transcripts and the pledge will be signed upon completion of the course. Accommodations will be made for those without access to a computer to complete the training.

Completing the training and signing the pledge are mandatory for all students, faculty and staff before returning to Ohio State’s campuses. Those who have already been working on a campus should take the online training and sign the pledge as soon as possible. For those not physically returning to a campus, the training and pledge need to be completed by the start of autumn semester on August 25.

The training course will cover expectations for daily health checks, personal protection such as face masks, hygiene, staying informed and more.

Accountability measures

Accountability measures will be in place for those who do not complete the training and sign the pledge, or choose not to abide by required health and safety guidelines. These accountability measures range from additional training and informal coaching to formal disciplinary action based on existing structures for students, faculty and staff. They are available on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website. 

Please visit the website regularly for updates, including guidance related to our mask requirement for all students, faculty, staff, vendors, volunteers and visitors.

As a reminder, masks must be worn on Ohio State’s campuses when entering indoor or enclosed spaces. Masks also must be worn in outdoor spaces where individuals gather and cannot maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet between each person. This is in alignment with state guidance for institutions of higher education and the recent mandate from the Ohio Governor’s Office.