OSU Face Mask Updates

OSU Face Mask Requirements 8/25/20

Questions and opinions abound regarding the requirements for face masks on OSU’s campuses, so I did a little research on the Safe and Healthy Buckeye website. In short, a face mask must be worn on campus when indoors and outdoors even when individuals can maintain appropriate social distancing. The few exceptions, which are outlined on the Personal Protective Equipment page of the Safe and Healthy Buckeye website, are copied below.

From the Safe and Healthy Buckeye website, 8/25/2020:

“Face masks must be worn on Ohio State’s campuses. Face masks must be worn in indoor settings, including, but not limited to: classrooms, residence halls, conference rooms, shared office spaces, hallways, buses, shared vehicles and common areas such as lobbies, study spaces and laundry facilities on all Ohio State campuses. The number of individuals in any indoor space should be limited to facilitate physical distancing. Masks must also be worn in outdoor settings, even when individuals can maintain appropriate physical distancing.”

“Indoors or outdoors, exceptions are made for those dining, participating in strenuous exercise or taking part in performance-based classes. As an added safety measure, open-air tents are being set up on campus for use by arts, dance and music classes as well as certain courses with extended outdoor activities in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Masks will not be required for classes in these open-air tents. Additionally, there is an exception for university staff working outdoors for long periods of time who are able to maintain appropriate physical distancing and have a mask available if needed.”


“All Ohio State students, faculty and staff are expected to meet the behavioral and safety expectations under the Safe Campus Requirements when they physically participate in any university activity, on or off campus. Failure to adhere to these requirements will be addressed through standard enforcement mechanisms.”

“Community members with particular needs for accommodations should contact Student Life Disability Services, the ADA Coordinator’s Office or the Office of Human Resources.”


Thom Janini

Agricultural Technical Institute

Assistant Director – Student Programming and Life