Ohio's Travel Advisory, first announced July 22, requires a 14-day quarantine for students leaving from a state that is included in the list.
The advisory changes weekly and applies to states that have COVID-19 rates of 15% or higher.
To address what is becoming an increasingly complicated situation as we comply with Ohio’s Travel Advisory, the university has decided that students will need to quarantine for 14 days if the state they are in on the day of their departure is on Ohio’s Travel Advisory.
In those situations, students who return to campus and who will live in residence halls or Greek housing have two choices:
- Quarantine through the university in a nearby hotel.
- Quarantine on their own in Ohio or a state that is not on Ohio’s Travel Advisory at the time of their departure from that state. Students will have to attest in writing that they completed a 14-day quarantine upon checking into their residence halls or Greek housing. Lodging accommodations In Ohio can be found online.
Additional details are available below. Students in Travel Advisory states should check their university email for more information.
Arrangements for Quarantine through the University: Arrive on Aug. 9
- Students will quarantine in a hotel adjacent to campus. The university will cover the cost of the hotel and three meals a day. Students cannot quarantine in residence halls or Greek housing, even if they have their own rooms and bathrooms. Students are responsible for transportation to campus and/or the hotel.
- Students who would like to drop off belongings to their residence halls or Greek housing prior to going to their assigned hotel should check in at the North Area Office (Wade) or South Area Office (Carlton) to obtain temporary access to their assigned room. Students will be notified of their hotel assignments in advance.
- For their 14-day hotel stay, students should bring a bag that includes clothes, toiletries, medicine, laptops, electronics and chargers, snacks and drinks, etc. All hotel rooms have mini-fridges and free Wi-Fi.
- Students will not share hotel rooms, nor can they have guests.
- Quarantining in a room means that students will not leave their rooms for the duration of the 14 days. They also will not have access to common spaces in the hotel, including laundry facilities. Please note that hotel rooms are all non-smoking.
- Bon Appetit will deliver three meals a day to students’ rooms. Each evening, students will receive a hot meal along with breakfast and lunch for the next day. Students’ dietary needs will be accommodated. Students will not be able to order take-out food.
- All students will be tested for COVID-19 shortly before their quarantine is complete. The university will contact students and provide transportation for testing. If students test negative for COVID-19, they will proceed to move into residence halls or Greek housing on Aug. 23, assuming they began quarantine on Aug. 9. (Students who test positive will be isolated on campus, per university protocol.)
- At the end of their quarantines, students will check out of their rooms, and the university will provide transportation to their residence halls or Greek housing.
- While in quarantine, students’ navigators will check in with them daily. Various units in Student Affairs and Student Success will provide virtual programming for students who choose to participate. First-year students will participate in orientation remotely.
- The university will have an unarmed security guard at each hotel.
- During their quarantine (as during the semester), students can contact the Office of Student Affairs or the Dean of Students and University Health and Counseling.
- If students decide they do not want to complete quarantine due to a family emergency or other reason, they may leave. However, they will need to go through the entire quarantine process when they return to campus, if the state they are in on the day of their departure is on Ohio’s Travel Advisory.