The Office of the President continues to provide updates for university guidelines in regards to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). To read the full guidelines, please visit Safe and Healthy Buckeyes or Wexner Medical Center COVID-19 Information.
The safety of our community is our top priority. We realize that our current guidelines will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. The situation is evolving rapidly and we will share updates as more information becomes available.
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) specific information
The HRS Office of Academic Affairs is open virtually until further notice, your HRS advisors are available during normal business hours to assist you with questions and concerns regarding your academic success. You may email your advisors directly or set up a virtual advising appointment via OnCourse or by calling 614-292-1706. We also encourage you to visit https://advising.osu.edu/ for up to date information and resources.
To schedule an advising appointment:
- Use OnCourse to schedule an appointment
- Call the Office of Student Services at 614-292-1706. If no one answers, please leave a message and someone will return your call.
Clinical Experiences and Internships
The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Medicine, after careful consideration, has decided to temporarily suspend clinical rotations for all professional students effective immediately. We will continue to reassess this decision, as it is our hope to have our students return to their clinical training as soon as possible. This has been a very difficult decision. It is our ultimate goal to maintain not only an optimal learning environment but to minimize the risk for our students, faculty and their patients.
Lecture-based ClassesAll classes will be held online through end of spring semester. You will receive more information from your program director and/or instructors on how they will handle this.
Mental Health Counseling ServicesHRS welcomes our new mental health counselors, Lisa Hayes and Tyler Rogols, who will be providing counseling and consultation services to all currently enrolled students in HRS and the College of Medicine. These services include: individual therapy, group therapy and general mental health consultation. Learn more on our Mental Health Counseling Services website.
Near Graduating Students
It is our priority that we take every step to assure that our students in their final year of study will successfully graduate as expected Spring 2020. Many of you have both coursework and clinical work to complete in order to graduate. You will be hearing from your division director about program specific requirements that have been set up in order for you to meet graduation requirements under these unusual circumstances. Many students in HRS will be participating in clinicals in the near future. Some health systems are asking for travel histories of the students who will be working in their facilities. As such, we are collecting this information now so it is available. Please share your travel experiences on the survey found here: http://go.osu.edu/hrsstudenttravel
Pass/No Pass Option - Graduate ProgramsFor this semester only, graduate students will have the option to take all graded graduate courses using a Pass/No Pass (PA/NP) grading system, with a C- as the minimum passing grade. The Graduate School announced this decision yesterday, along with an expectation that students should engage their academic advisors in understanding whether this option is appropriate for their circumstances.
As a reminder, undergraduates may seek to take General Education and elective courses Pass/No Pass, with D as the minimum passing grade. Many colleges have extended this option to required courses for majors and minors, but the details vary by program. Undergraduate students should review the details of their program's policy (see the Grading Policy Changes webpage for information) and discuss any option with their academic advisors.
Pass/No Pass Option - Major Undergraduate Students
The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will allow students to select a Pass/Non Pass (PA/NP) option for classes in all undergraduate major and minor courses and prerequisites for major courses for spring semester 2020 which are offered in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. This option does not apply to courses graded S/U. Please note that across the School’s programs a “PA” will require a 70% in each course and demonstrated minimum competence on all required assignments, competencies and exams, so you must complete all of these within each course.
All other coursework required for your degree outside of The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will follow guidelines for PA/NP from the college that is offering that course.
It is the advice of the School’s leadership that students, who intend to pursue graduate education, be cautious in the use of the PA/NP option for prerequisite courses as there is uncertainty about whether PA/NP grades will be acceptable in future graduate program applications for those courses. Students should consult with their advisor to determine whether they should continue to receive a letter grade for prerequisites.
You must notify your HRS academic advisor about choosing the PA/NP option by April 17, 2020 . Your advisor can talk with you about the implications this choice may have for your plans during and after college. Because the PA/NP grades do not factor into GPA calculations, such a grade cannot lower your GPA, but it also will not raise it. There may be other issues to consider as well, and your advisor can discuss those with you.
Pass/No Pass Option - Pre Major Students
The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will allow students to select a Pass/Non Pass (PA/NP) option for classes in all undergraduate general education, minor and prerequisite coursework for spring semester 2020. This option does not apply to courses graded S/U.
It is the advice of the School’s leadership that students, who intend to pursue both undergraduate professional and graduate education, be cautious in the use of the PA/NP option as there is uncertainty about whether PA/NP grades will be acceptable in future undergraduate professional and graduate program applications for prerequisite courses. You should consult with your HRS academic advisor about choosing the PA/NP option. Your advisor can talk with you about the implications this choice may have for your plans during and after college. Because the PA/NP grades do not factor into GPA calculations, such a grade cannot lower your GPA, but it also will not raise it. There may be other issues to consider as well, and your advisor can discuss those with you.
Students in Earlier Years of TrainingFor students in earlier years of training, per President Drake, all coursework will be converted to an online offering and will start on March 23, 2020. Please check your email and Carmen site frequently for details of how to access your course materials. If you have questions regarding specific classes, you should reach out to your professor if you have not heard from them already. If you are unable to reach your professor, please let your advisor or me know so that we can assist. For those of you who have may not have had online classes before, please consult these helpful resources:
Many students in HRS will be participating in clinicals in the near future. Some health systems are asking for travel histories of the students who will be working in their facilities. As such, we are collecting this information now so it is available. Please share your travel experiences on the survey found here: http://go.osu.edu/hrsstudenttravel
Work Study Students
Please contact your supervisor for details.
Faculty and Staff
- In-person meetings should be minimized. Utilizing WebEx or CarmenZoom for meetings is highly recommended.
- Teaching and learning will continue in an online format. The university has compiled temporary remote teaching resources to assist you in transitioning your course to online. Visit “Keep Teaching” at https://it.osu.edu/keepteaching
- Per the university’s notice, no new, non-essential events will be scheduled on campus through April 20. The university encourages event organizers for scheduled non-essential events occurring on campus between now and April 20 to immediately evaluate whether these events should continue in person.
- Many upcoming HRS-related events have been cancelled, please check with your event organizer if you have a question.
- All university-sponsored international travel is suspended and university-sponsored domestic air travel will be limited to business essential travel and will only be approved on an as-needed basis. Please see the full details at https://news.osu.edu/coronavirus-prompts-travel-restrictions-at-ohio-state/
- Ohio State Office of Business and Finance - Travel FAQ Website
- If you have enrolled and need to schedule, please call the Office of Student Services at 614-292-1706. If no one answers, please leave a message and someone will return your call.
Admissions and Interviews
- For prospective students that have a scheduled interview time, the program will be in contact to make virtual arrangements or to reschedule.
- If a program listed a timeframe for interviews to occur, the timeframe may still stand with virtual interviews or may be extended. Individual programs are currently assessing interview timelines. Look for more information coming soon.