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Student Move-Outs COVID-19 Checklist
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COVID-19 Checklist for Student Move-Outs

Protecting Against COVID-19

Students on many college and university campuses will be moving out of dorms, apartments, and houses as the 2020 spring semester comes to a close. While a majority of students — particularly those living in on-campus housing — have already removed belongings and returned home, some students remain in student housing throughout the state. As leases come to an end, there is the potential for students and families to congregate in close proximity to each other and increase risk of spreading COVID-19.

While the majority of Ohio’s colleges and universities have plans in place for orderly, safe move-out processes, precautions also are needed for students moving out of off-campus housing.

As such, Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, recommend that colleges and universities take the following actions to help curb the potential transmission of COVID-19.

  • Communicate with students living off campus, and remind them that close interaction with family members, friends, and other students poses a risk of spreading COVID-19.
  • Urge students to:
  1. Maintain social/physical distancing (of at least 6 feet from others) as much as possible during the packing and moving.
  2. Practice good hygiene — covering coughs, washing hands frequently, refraining from touching one’s face.
  3. Wear a cloth face mask.
  4. Not allow people who are sick to help them move.
  • Stress the importance of cleaning frequently touched surfaces that could harbor the virus that causes COVID-19. Specifically mention cleaning the inside of moving truck cabs with EPA-approved disinfectant cleaners and paying special attention to door handles, steering wheels, seats, and knobs.
  • Contact local landlords and off-campus housing partners to discuss the possibility of flexible and/or staggered move-out dates and other coordinated strategies to mitigate risks of COVID-19 transmission.


For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (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.         

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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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