Together as Buckeyes—Autumn 2020

As a community, we are stronger.



Do I need to wear a mask to enter Drinko Hall?

Yes. All persons entering Drinko Hall must wear an appropriate face covering to reduce spread of COVID-19. Masks must be worn at all times inside Drinko Hall, unless you are actively eating or drinking in a designated food consumption area or are alone in an office with a closed door.

Do I need to physically distance inside Drinko Hall?

Yes. For the safety of everyone in our community, everyone should remain at least 6 feet apart at all times.

In classrooms, stickers have been placed on locations where students should sit. Any unmarked classroom seat should remain unoccupied. We have also added physical distancing signage throughout the building as a reminder of this important requirement.

What happens if I see someone who is not complying with physical distancing or mask requirements—or if I otherwise have health and safety concerns?

If you have any health and safety concerns, please contact Dean Nealy, Dean States, Dean Northern, Professor Hébert, or Professor Greenbaum and share your concerns so that they can be promptly and properly addressed.

Health and safety concerns can also be reported, as appropriate, to the University:

Will the University provide individuals with any PPE supplies?

 Yes. Ohio State is preparing return-to campus Welcome Kits for students, staff, and faculty who will be on campus in the fall. The kits will be in a draw string bag and contain the following: reusable cloth masks; paper mask; digital thermometer; small bottles of hand sanitizer; and some wipes.

Students living in on-campus housing will have their kits delivered to their residence. All other students may pick up a kit from one of ten on-campus pickup locations using their BuckID.

The College of Law has ordered kits for staff and faculty who will be working from Drinko Hall in the autumn semester and will distribute the kits once they are available.

Will the College of Law have additional PPE available for use?

Yes. The College of Law will keep limited supplies of additional masks on hand for anyone who seeks to enter the building without one. Hand sanitizer stations have also been installed throughout the building, and all individuals in Drinko Hall should wash their hands with soap and water regularly.

Will eating and drinking be allowed in the building?

With the exception of water, eating and drinking will not be permitted during classes (or in classrooms), meetings, and in other communal settings. Eating will be permitted in certain designated spaces, including Lou’s Café, individual offices, the faculty and staff lounges, outdoor spaces, and in student suites/spaces where only one student is present or where physical distancing can be safely maintained.

Refrigerators and microwaves will remain available for use; normal care and cleaning should be maintained. Anyone using break rooms, kitchens, or kitchen equipment should wipe down surfaces after each use, including handles and buttons on water coolers, microwaves, and refrigerators.

Will food be served at College events?

Food should not be served at communal events inside the building. For any events for which food is provided, food should be boxed for individual servings and should only be made available to go following the event so that it can be eaten in a safe, designated space. Moreover, for any events that provide food of any kind, the organizer must pre-register the event and designate a person who will be responsible for any necessary clean-up.

Will there be signage installed in the building providing guidance on physical distancing and wayfinding?

Yes. Signage has been installed throughout the building. Signage includes information on physical distancing, hand washing, mask requirements, and wayfinding.

Will Drinko Hall be cleaned regularly?

Yes. The building will be cleaned regularly. In addition to normal housekeeping, high touch points in common areas will be disinfected twice daily. Moreover, extra cleaning/sanitizing supplies will be made available throughout the building.

Is the College of Law prepared to operate completely virtually if this becomes necessary?

Yes. The College of Law has engaged in contingency planning and will be prepared to operate virtually, if this becomes necessary.

View the FAQs for the topics below to learn how we are adapting to the changed circumstances of the day.