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Colleges and Universities - COVID-19 Checklist

COVID-19 Checklist for Colleges and Universities

Protecting Against COVID-19

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, strongly recommends that all colleges and universities immediately take the following actions:

  • Offer e-learning plans and distance learning options to continue eduction of students during the Stay at Home order. Encourage faculty and staff to work from home. Use existing infrastructure and services (e.g., Blackboard, Skype, Zoom) to support distance-based formats for faculty check-ins, recorded class meetings or lectures, and live class meetings.
  • Offer other student support services such as online library services, print materials available online, phone- or Internet-based counseling support, or study groups enabled through digital media.
  • Postpone, limit, or adapt research-related activities (e.g., study recruitment or participation, access to labs) to protect the safety of researchers, participants, facilities, and equipment.
  • Cancel or postpone all group events, including commencements; hold meetings remotely; close fitness centers and other non-essential services.
  • Consider how to prioritize technical issues and how to handle potential lack of students’ access to computers and the Internet at home or in temporary housing.
  • Medically screen students returning to school from international travel or cruises, including but not
    • limited to students returning from spring break travel. Cancel or postpone any university-sponsored international or non-essential travel for students and faculty.
  • Encourage students who can to move out of campus housing and to their permanent residences. Ensure that students who cannot safely go to permanent residences have adequate living arrangements.
  • Ramp up disinfection of offices, labs, studios, dorms, other residences, and common areas. Encourage the use of infection control methods through signage and other communications. Provide soap and water, hand sanitizer, and wipes for students and staff to use in common areas.
  • Establish carry-out and delivery for food services and distribute in non-congregate ways. Encourage students who are sick to use delivery. Use enhanced disinfecting procedures in food-preparation and pick-up areas and encourage social distancing by using signage, floor tape or other means to keep 6-feet between all workers and students.
  • Review supplies across all programs to determine whether any personal protective equipment (facemasks, gloves, gowns, shoe coverings, etc.) might be available to contribute to the state stockpile for healthcare workers. If you have resources to donate, contact together@governor.ohio.gov or your local Emergency Management Agency.
  • Work with regional collaboratives to ensure campus healthcare services have needed supplies and are prepared to care for sick students.
  • Engage campus EMA/EMS/campus police to establish an incident command system structure in case it is needed.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY); connect with a trained counselor through the Ohio Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741; or call the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line at 1-877-275-6364 to find resources in your community. 

Prevention Infographic

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by taking these precautions.

  • Stay home 
  • Practice Social Distancing
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
  • Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
  • Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
  • Call before visiting your doctor
  • Practice good hygiene habits 

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)


High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

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