Coronavirus Advising Guidance

Courses remain online Summer 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. At this point the university continues to offer summer coursework online, and has plans to announce decisions about Autumn 2020 in mid-June. As these decisions are 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

The university has allowed some students who are not able to return home during this time period to remain on campus.

While campuses continue to remain open, academic buildings are closed. In addition, Governor DeWine issued a Stay Safe order which requires all Ohioans to use caution, good judgement, and essential hygiene practices including handwashing, 6 foot distancing, and face-masks to protect our fellow citizens. 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!

Every instructor has a different teaching style. This means that they all have different approaches to how they manage online courses as well. It is not unreasonable to expect that instructors will communicate with you clearly about expectations including due dates, grade scales, assignments or attendance. 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 miminum of 2 business days for a response. If several days passes without 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 instututions during Summer 2020.

Commencement has been postponed. Graduates will receive their degrees by mail. 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 spring 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 coursework.

The start of Summer term and all important Summer term dates were moved back one week. Summer courses will also be offered exclusively online; students at regional campuses who have not had a campus change request approved will still be required to enroll in courses offered through their campus.

Advisors and advising units are still meeting with their students remotely, using either CarmenZoom or phone. They will reach out to you with guidance. 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 verify 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 call their advising units to schedule an advising appointment.

Students whose advising units use OnCourse for scheduling may log into OnCourse. Some 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

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.

The Psychology 2220 Learning Lab is closed through August.

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.