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.
Emergency Grading Policy Spring 2021
- The new policy is automatic as opposed to opt-in, so students do not have to request the new grade scheme for their courses. Please note the expanded PA/NP grading option that was available SP20 and AU20 will NOT be continued for SP21. For more information, visit https://oaa.osu.edu/grading-spring-2021.
- Under the new university emergency grading policy, courses will be graded as they are normally; that is, instructors will assign the earned grade in the course, A-E. Before final posting to academic records, the Registrar will convert all D+ and D grades to PE (emergency pass), all E grades to NP (no pass), and all EN grades to NEN (no pass, non-attendance). While PE, NP and NEN marks will not be calculated into the GPA, all grades A through C- remain as those specific grades and will calculate into the GPA.
- Dean’s list rules remain the same: students must be registered for at least 12 credits with at least 9 regular credits, graded. A grade of NP, NEN or U disqualifies a student from the Dean’s list even if GPA is at or greater than 3.5.
- PE, NP, and NEN grades do not count towards the credit hours needed for Latin Honors at graduation.
- The PE grade is equivalent to D+ or D, which means courses graded PE will NOT count in HRS majors or minors (Athletic Training, Health Information Management and Systems, Health Sciences, Medical Dietetics, Medical Laboratory Science, Radiologic Sciences and Therapy and Respiratory Therapy; HRS undergraduate minor (Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness, Aging, and Medical Laboratory Science) or HRS certificate (Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology) courses offered in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences). In addition, a PE grade in a prerequisite or pre-major course that requires a minimum grade of C- (or higher) will mean the requirement is NOT fulfilled and the course will have to be repeated, just as it would if the posted grade was D+ or D.
- Repeat of a course initially taken during Emergency Pass grading does not count towards the students’ limit of three Grade Forgiveness attempts.
- If the student would like to request a letter grade in place of an E, NP and NEN, this must be requested to the Registrar for the transcript correction. Please note that a process for requesting a conversion has not been established. This process will be communicated to students when available.
- The new policy is automatic as opposed to opt-in, so students do not have to request the new grade scheme for their courses.
- Under the new university emergency grading policy, courses will be graded as they are normally; that is, instructors will assign the earned grade in the course, A-E. Before final posting to academic records, the Registrar will convert all C+, C, C-, D+ and D grades to PE (emergency pass), all E grades to NP (no pass), and all EN grades to NEN (no pass, non- attendance). Although the mark is not calculated in the GPA, students assigned a PE will receive academic credit for the course. All grades A through B- remain as those specific grades and calculate into the GPA.
- Due to accreditation requirements and professional competency, in the clinical graduate programs: Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Master Dietetics and Nutrition, and Master Respiratory Therapy, students must request to the Registrar a letter grade on their transcript for any grade less than B-. Please note that a process for requesting a conversion has not been established. This process will be communicated to students when available.
- For students enrolled in the PhD and MS in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the emergency grading policy will apply as approved by the university in Spring, 2021. These students are not required to request a letter grade on their transcripts for any grade less than a B-.
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.
Student Voluntary Vaccine Information
As a future health professional, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the College of Medicine strongly encourage you to be fully vaccinated, as you are able.
Starting later this summer, Ohio State will be reducing the testing requirements for students who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For vaccinated students attending our Columbus campus or living in university housing on any campus, testing will be required once a month or less, while unvaccinated students will be tested once a week or more. In addition, students who are vaccinated will usually not be required to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
The university is asking students to voluntarily share their vaccination information so that the university can adjust individuals' testing schedule and quarantine requirements. This information will also assist Ohio State's overall public health response.
How to report your vaccination status: Returning students will receive a message through My BuckMD asking them to log in with their Ohio State username (lastname.#) and provide consent for Student Life Student Health Services to access their vaccine information, including name, vaccination date(s) and the vaccination brand name/type.
- Students who received their vaccine in the state of Ohio and provide consent will allow the university to access their vaccination information through Ohio Department of Health records.
- Students who received the vaccine outside the state of Ohio will be asked to provide consent and upload the information directly through MyBuckMD. Many international vaccines will be accepted based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which rely on World Health Organization assessments.
Sharing COVID-19 vaccination information is the first step before Ohio State can implement changes to the testing schedule. Please note: It will take at least a few weeks before the university can start the monthly testing schedule for COVID-19 vaccinated students attending summer sessions. Information will be shared as soon as that system is ready.
Vaccine Clinic at Jesse Owens North Recreation Center
A new COVID-19 vaccine clinic is open at Jesse Owens North Recreation Center. Vaccines for faculty, staff and students are available at Jesse Owens North, 2151 Neil Ave. This location also serves as a COVID-19 testing site. More information can be found at https://safeandhealthy.osu.edu/vaccine
Work Study Students
Please contact your supervisor for details.
Faculty and Staff
- Outdoors: Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask outdoors on Ohio State campuses (as of 5/17). It is still strongly recommended that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear masks when they cannot maintain social distancing.
- Indoors: Masks are still required indoors except for cases where individuals are working alone in their own office.
- Currently in-person meetings should be limited to 10 individuals with continued social distancing. Gatherings in university academic facilities: no more than 5 people per 100 square feet with 6-foot minimum social distancing.
- Utilizing Microsoft Teams or CarmenZoom for meetings is highly recommended.
- For summer 2021, spring COVID guidelines continue to be in effect. New guidelines will be posted for Autumn 2021 as university and state guidelines are adjusted. Visit “Keep Teaching” at https://it.osu.edu/keepteaching
- Per the university’s notice, no new, non-essential events will be scheduled on campus.
- Many upcoming HRS-related events have been cancelled, please check with your event organizer if you have a question.
- Please see the full details for travel restrictions regarding university business travel here at Ohio State's 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.