Personal and Public Health
There are many steps that you can take to limit the chance that you contract the virus and spread it to others including regularly staying home, washing your hands, wearing gloves, wiping down surfaces, and getting rest. The most impactful thing that we can do within the College and the University is to limit interactions between individuals or in groups. Starting on Tuesday, March 17, access to Page Hall is limited only to essential business activities. University leadership just communicated that the preferred mode of work for all faculty and staff is through tele-work. As of now, access to the building and your office space is not prohibited, so you can come in to retrieve materials needed to perform work from home, but the clear guidance is to stay away from campus unless absolutely necessary.
For all your questions about the Coronavirus and the steps the University’s medical team is taking to combat the virus please regularly check the University’s coronavirus website
If you are under quarantine or have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact Andrea Garringer at Garringer.email@example.com
and call the Wexner Medical Center’s COVID-19 call center at (614) 293-4000. Please do not call this line for general coronavirus information.
The spread of the virus and the disorienting changes that have resulted as a response have impacts on mental as well as physical health. As you reorganize your lives, make sure to care for your mental health. Bern Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing and the University’s Chief Wellness Officer, has developed several anxiety-reducing tips for faculty, staff and students along with information for parents about how to talk with your children about COVID-19. You can find all three documents here
The university has informed students that all courses will go completely online for the rest of the semester. Spring break has been extended by a week so that faculty, staff and students can adjust to the transition. Classes will reconvene, online, on Monday, March 23rd. The final day of classes will be Friday, April 24 and finals will be conducted from Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1.
Aaron Carpenter is leading the on-line course migration effort for the Glenn College. He is doing a remarkable job and devoting considerable extra time to help us all with this transition. Aaron is more than willing to help, but the more that you can navigate on your own or in consultation with your peers, the more time Aaron will have to devote to those who have the least experience in online delivery.
The following is information and links to training for teaching in the virtual environment that may be helpful to you.
The University Graduate School has also issued guidance that all doctoral exams and defenses can be conducted through videoconferencing (see attached).
Because we are discouraging access to the building and having staff work virtually, we are closing access to the Page Hall computer labs. We have taken steps to identify students who don’t have access to technology and provided them with laptops. Jill sent out information earlier today that Spectrum/Charter will offer free broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students (call: (844) 488-8395). Students can also find other resources to secure broadband and Wi-Fi access at keeplearning.osu.edu
Please let Kate Hallihan and/or Caleb Pulliam know if you identify Glenn College students who lack information technology resources to participate in online courses.
We have moved all of the academic requirements for our Washington undergraduate and graduate programs online. Almost all of the internship hosts for the 21 students participating in WAIP this term have ceased their internship programs. We have informed WAIP students that the University will no longer be able to support WISH housing for the remainder of the semester starting this coming weekend. We are working with these students to assist them in vacating the housing and making their way home. Even with this change, they will still be able to complete the requirements for the program online.
The Administrative-Operations team will move much of their work online, although there are some functions that require someone to be periodically present in the building (e.g. the receipt of mail).
Caleb and Sam will run point on all IT needs. If you need IT assistance to teach, work, perform research, or participate in classes remotely, please email Glenn-Help@osu.edu
Jenna will remain your primary point of contact for all HR related functions. I have appended her recent emails on guidance for supervising student employees and graduate associates. You can find further guidance on navigating on online work environment at Keep Working https://it.osu.edu/keepworking
If you will be in the building, please email Glenn-Help@osu.edu to identify the area you will be accessing and the hours that you plan to be in the building. This will help us ensure safe working conditions while maintaining minimal staffing and allow us to respond accordingly in the event of an emergency. An updated staff and faculty cell phone list is attached. Please use this information with discretion and do not share it with others.
Mail and packages will continue to be received daily and will be placed on the table between Sam and Danny’s offices in the 150 suite. If you receive mail or a package, an email will be sent to you. You can determine the best time to come into the building to pick it up.
Checks received must continue to be deposited in a timely manner. If you receive a check, please complete the attached deposit slip then send it and a copy of the check via email to Danny Lam(.85) and Garrett Boysen(.4). The physical check should be put on Danny’s desk in his office. He will deposit it within 24 hours of receipt.
The students services team is now conducting all of its functions (e.g. advising, recruiting, admissions) online. Starting tomorrow there will be no one at the 110 desk for walk-ins. There is signage in the building providing guidance on how to contact student services staff members. Students have all been sent information about how to contact their advisors and other students services staff members for various needs.
Professional Development and Training
We are also migrating our professional development and training programs online. MAPS classes are being rescheduled and moved online for the coming months, and LCERT-Vets, which started in person a few weeks ago, moved to online delivery on Friday.
For those of you involved in research projects, particularly those supported through extramural funds, you can find guidance from the Ohio State Office of Research
and in the message sent earlier from Senior Vice President for Research Morley Stone
. Student and postdoctoral researchers are asked to work remotely from home as much as possible (e.g. on analyzing data, writing papers, reading literature, preparing for exams, etc.).
If you are involved on a research project with a student who needs access to the building during this period please contact Andrea Garringer and/or Caleb Pulliam so we can coordinate access to facilities like the computer lab if required.
If you have research supported by extramural funds, please reach out to Scott Scribner to review where you are in the project and to determine whether you need to contact the sponsor to reassess the schedule of deliverables.
The Advancement team will now be working remotely. Communications will continue to run through Hank and Lisa. Please continue to contact them with any information you have that you think is worthy of sharing with internal and external audiences (e.g. new publication, upcoming virtual talk, etc.).
All of our events for the remainder of the semester have been cancelled (e.g. April 7 50th celebration, Dialogue). We are currently reviewing whether any of these events can be rescheduled for a later date. If you have an event that you were planning to undertake this spring that required the assistance of the events team, please reach out to Elaine McLoughlin-Overholt to discuss options for rescheduling.