Coronavirus Advising Guidance

The university plans to return to in-person instruction for autumn 2020

As you know, Ohio State University suspended face-to-face instruction in lectures, discussion sections, seminars and other similar classroom settings and moved to virtual instruction effective March 23rd.

While the university has announced its decisions about autumn 2020 other decisions are still being made, this page will be updated to answers to some of students' most immediate concerns.

Information about post-pandemic planning that is happening right now

Questions you may be asking right now

While campuses continue to remain open, academic buildings remain closed. The university is developing its Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website ( to inform students and staff of expectations while on campus. One step is the requirement that students report their temperature and any coronavirus symptoms if they intend to be on campus. In addition, the city of Columbus and many surrounding cities in Central Ohio are requiring the use of face-masks indoors and large gatherings of more than 10 people have been indefinitely suspended by the state of Ohio. It is important that we take this order seriously to stop control the rate of the spread of COVID-19.

As before, if you are experiencing a fever or a cough, please call or email to cancel or reschedule your appointments (some appointments may be able to be converted to phone or remote appointments as well). Click the link for the CDC recommendations for preventing the spread of this illness. Thank you!

Each department at the university will evaluate which courses need to be taught in-person in order for students to have the best engagement with the material, and which courses can be moved online or to hybrid instruction.

Right now we expect instructors will communicate with you clearly about expectations about participation and attendance, how to access the materials, due dates, grade scales, and accommodations. If you find that you are confused about something in the course, or need the information to be provided in a way that is more accessible or more accommodating of your data usage, learning technology availability, or child-care/work changes, please reach out to the instructor first.

Instructors are expected to provide regular updates to students. Should an issue arise, we encourage you to contact the instructor directly through email (and/or through Carmen or OnCourse) and allow a minimum of 2 business days for a response before following up again. If you still don't get a response from the instructor, you can consider escalating your concerns to chair of the department that offers the course.

At this time, the university will not be extending the PA/NP exceptions that were in place in Spring 2020 to any other term of remote learning. The Ohio Department of Higher Education has ordered universities to accept PA/NP coursework completed at other Ohio public institutions during Summer 2020.

Spring 2020 diplomas were be mailed at the end of June 2020. Spring 2020 commencement has not been rescheduled at this time.

The August 9th commencement ceremony for Summer 2020 graduates has been moved online. This in no way limits or excludes a live commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. The university will hold a graduation ceremony at a later date for members of the Class of 2020, their families and guests, at a time that is safe.

If you are receiving accommodations through the Student Life Office of Disability Services, please call or email them to discuss how those services will be managed for online or hybrid coursework.

Autumn semester courses will begin on August 25th. The university has eliminated autumn break in October and students will be expected to attend courses on November 25th.

Beginning November 30 and through the end of exams on December 11 instruction will return to online. The university has not announced any plans to change Spring 2021 to online instruction.

Advisors and advising units are still meeting with their students remotely, using either CarmenZoom or phone. Please sign into OnCourse or reach out to your advising unit to confirm the mode of delivery for your appointment. If you have a phone appointment scheduled, please confirm whether the advisor will call you, or whether you must call the advisor (as well as what number to use to reach them). It is a good idea to check that your the phone number in your Buckeye Link account is still the best number to use to contact you, and to let your advisor know if you prefer to be contacted at another number.

Advisors who offer Zoom appointments will provide you with a link to click for the appointment. Please check your email for this link. If you do not have one, please also check your Spam or Junk Mail folders.

As a reminder, all students have access to Zoom through Carmen. Please log in to activate your Zoom account prior to the start of your advising appointment.

All students can contact their advising units to schedule an advising appointment.

Students whose advising units use OnCourse for scheduling may log into OnCourse. Most advising units will have an appointment reason called "Phone/Remote Appointment" that students can select. When selecting this option, please put the topic you want to discuss during your meeting in the comments section before you confirm your appointment.

  • If your unit does not offer that appointment reason, please put the request for a phone or remote appointment in the Comments section of the appointment along with your preferred phone number.
  • Please be sure to read your advisor's additional details for the appointment in the Appointment Details before you confirm your appointment.

We are encouraging advising units to accept online submissions for forms. Please contact your advisor to find out how they prefer to have you submit your documents. You can find your assigned advisor's contact information by clicking on:

  • the "details" link below their name in the right column of your My Buckeye Link, then click on the advisor's hyperlinked name
  • the envelope icon below their name in the right column of your OnCourse account

We want you to feel safe. If the courses you need to take in autumn have online sections available, you can choose to create an autumn schedule of only online courses. If you are not a new student, you can change your schedule in your My Buckeye Link account until the end of the first week of autumn classes. New students will need to request an advisor to change their schedules in August after all Orientation programs are finished.

You don't have to rush to make any decisions about your autumn schedule yet. Departments are deciding which courses to offer online, so the Schedule of Classes won't be finalized until late July. To find online courses in the schedule of classes, click the green arrow beside "Additional Search Criteria" and then select Distance Learning from the "Mode of Instruction" drop down menu.

International students who want to maintain their F-1 or J-1 visa status must still have at least 9 in-person credit hours for autumn. Please contact the Office of International Affairs with questions.

We know some of you will consider taking time away from the university. In general, we encourage you to consider whether it will be easy for you to return to school after a break. Typically, students who take a break from school are the most likely not to return.

However, sometimes a break is the best decision for you or your family. If you decide that a break is right for you, continuing students can drop their autumn courses before early August to avoid being charged fees; new students will need to contact an advisor. You should also contact if you signed a housing contract and if you were issued an iPad. International students are strongly encouraged to contact OIA with questions (

If you hope to return for spring semester, we encourage you to contact your advisor in early October to arrange a scheduling appointment; if you hope to return for summer or autumn, please contact your advisor in early February.

Group mentoring

Individual mentoring

Is tutoring still available?

The university currently has restricted access to all academic and administrative buildings. Many services have been able to move tutoring and other academic support to an online format, others have not. See the latest updates below.

Study Smarter with Academic Coaching

Online appointments for academic coaching from the Dennis Learning Center are available. The coaches will not provide tutoring for specific courses, but can help you strengthen specific skills such as taking notes, preparing for exams, organization, and time management.

Schedule an appointment

Commonly used tutoring services

Summer tutoring will not be available. Check back later for autumn semester tutoring information.

Summer tutoring is available via Zoom on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs from 10:00AM-4:00PM EDT.

Summer information will be posted soon.

Summer tutoring information will be posted soon.

Summer tutoring will not be available. Check back later for autumn semester information.

The General Chemistry Learning Resource Center is closed. They have links to online tutorials available on the department website.

Summer: MSLC is offering free tutoring for Math 1050, 1075, 1148, 1149, 1151, 1152, 1172, and 2153. Refer to the website for more information about tutoring and click on each course. On the same course page hover to the bottom of the page to see additional review materials. You can also find some review materials for some courses here

ODI will be providing remote tutoring/supplemental instruction to students registered in ODI Scholars program during summer. ODI Scholars can refer to their ODI Tutoring Program Carmen page for more information.

The Physics tutor rooms in Smith Lab are closed.

Summer 2020 Learning Lab Hours

Zoom Learning Lab Hours are offered during 6 Week Session 2 Summer Session (June 23-July 31). Check out Carmen for how to connect!

Thursday: 5-5:30pm
Friday: 12-12:30pm
Sunday: 3-3:30pm

ATI students desiring tutoring should email Penny Nemitz ( and explain your particular need and she will connect you to the appropriate tutor.

The Learning Center is available virtually during summer term 2020. Call 567-242-7310 or email Julie Paxton at or Tim Cheeseman at

Virtual tutoring appointments are available during summer 2020. Information on online tutoring can be found

The Marion Academic Success Center will offer drop-in virtual tutoring hours for Marion campus students in Chemistry and Biology this summer, and all other subjects by request only. Please see the Marion Academic Success Center website for more details.


Schedule an appointment for a live session during Summer 2020.
Indicate your availability for a 30-minute session by completing this form:

If you are requesting tutoring for a Math or Statistics course, please use this form:

Then, we will contact you with a specific time for your session.
*phone-only connection can be an option

Other Academic Resources

Students who are worried about not being able to use the tools the instructor wants them to use for virtual learning should keep in mind that YouTube is full of helpful tutorials, and that Google can help them answer many how-to questions. In addition, for many Digital Flagship apps, there are tutorials and virtual drop-ins available:

Are you ready for online learning? The online learning readiness assessment will provide students insights and email them with a list of resources (please select Current OSU Student taking online courses for the first question for best results)

The Dennis Learning Center also has Graduate Student Communities for grad/prof students to join to stay accountable and productive:

Consider using for supplemental instruction on topics related to a variety of subjects.

Do you have other needs beyond academics?

If you are looking for services for students with material support needs, here are lists of services. We recognize that these lists will overlap service listings.

For students living further away, a simple Googe search for "county, state community services" will yield similar types of results.

Please understand that we have not had time to research these services. We did make attempts to provide services lists that are maintained by state or local agencies, or by reputable private agencies. However, responsibility will fall to you, the student, to find out how to access the service. This will likely require contacting the service, providing some limited information about yourself and your need, and it may take some time to receive the assistance or referral you need. Please be patient and resilient.