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Coronavirus and your research program

Staged Approach to Returning to On-Campus Research

Research and Creative Expression on-campus research labs, studio and field activities status update

Since Autumn 2020, all types of research and creative expression activities are permitted to be held on campus with permission from academic college, provided that appropriate health and safety measures are followed, including physical distancing, wearing masks and appropriate hand hygiene. These measures and other university guidance can be found on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes.
On Monday, May 10, people density for research and creative expression activities moved up to 100%, provided that campus physical distancing requirements are maintained and all other university guidance for activities on campus is followed. If colleges have specific processes or additional rules governing these activities, those should continue to be followed as well. Contact for research and creative expression questions that cannot be answered by college leadership.

As guidance from the CDC changes with evolving conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the campus Academic Transition and Comprehensive Monitoring Teams continue to adapt Ohio State Safe and Healthy requirements and guidance.

FAQ’s Research and Creative Expression Activities

Can researchers hold in-person group meetings?

As of May 10, 2021, the university updated guidelines to hold in-person programming.

Can researchers travel to conduct research or attend meetings off campus?

2022 Travel Guidance. For additional information please also see Travel FAQs issued by the Office of Business and Finance.

Can I require everyone in my research group to get vaccinated?

The university encourages everyone who is eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccination. FAQs and additional information about scheduling the vaccine is available on the Wexner Medical Center website.

If all people inside our research lab or studio are vaccinated are masks required?

For fully vaccinated people, masks are no longer required on Ohio State’s campuses except for on public transportation and in clinical settings at the Wexner Medical Center– in accordance with public health guidelines. Anyone who feels most comfortable continuing to wear a facemask regardless of their vaccination status is welcome to do so.

Fully vaccinated individuals are also no longer required to physically distance. Individuals who are not vaccinated are required to continue wearing masks indoors and physically distancing at all times. For additional information on the university’s guidance on masking requirements please visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website

Wexner Medical Center facilities includes all Wexner Medical Center/Ohio State Physicians clinical facilities including all hospitals, outpatient/ambulatory offices, Meiling Hall, Graves Hall, Hamilton Hall, & Prior Hall, Starling Loving, Atwell Hall, Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute, Biomedical Research Tower, Ackerman, Tzagournis Hall, Wiseman Hall, 395 W. 12th Ave. Faculty Office Building and 241 W. 11th Ave. Faculty Office Building. For additional details on masking for those facilities please visit Masking Guidance for All Persons in WMC/COM Facilities.

Where can I find more information if I have questions about restarting my human subjects research?

The Office of Responsible Research Practices offers guidance and FAQs for restarting human subjects-related research.

I have a concern about safety protocols not being followed. Who can I contact if I have a concern about safety?

The most direct route for addressing concerns is to contact your supervisor, department chair, or college office. However, we recognize that is sometimes not feasible. The Office of Research has developed a web-based tool to report research-related concerns around non-compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols. Any concerns reported through this tool will be sent directly to the Office of Research for review. To report a concern please visit

Where can I find additional information about the university’s response to COVID-19 and returning to campus?

Safe and Healthy Buckeyes provides the latest information about the university-wide approach to returning to campus. 

A faculty-led Research Recovery Committee, provided guidance to develop the Research Recovery Plan for Staged Reopening as part of the overall university plan.