Coronavirus: Academic Decisions

Coronavirus: Academic Decisions

Ohio State has adjusted a number of practices to advance our academic mission and support our students, faculty and staff despite disruptions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This page provides a summary of decisions and resources specific to the academic process; please see the university’s primary COVID-19 website for general updates, health resources and information for faculty and staff.

Also see our calendar of upcoming academic dates.   

Travel and Study Abroad

Decisions related to university-sponsored travel by all members of the Ohio State community.
Topic Key result(s) Resource(s)
Domestic travel Domestic travel limited to business essential; existing trips cancelled FAQs
Domestic travel “Business essential” and process for domestic travel defined FAQs
International travel All new travel suspended; existing trips cancelled FAQs
Summer programs All summer education abroad (OIA) programs cancelled Important dates (PDF)

Academic Dates

This table lists many of the important dates and timelines that have changed as a result of COVID-19.
Key date Decision
April 17 Student deadline for grade forgiveness petitions
April 17 Student deadline to invoke Pass/No Pass option or withdraw from a class. In either case, must be enacted by academic advisor.
April 17 Graduate final oral exams deadline for graduating students
April 24 Final day of spring 2020 classes
April 24 Graduate final theses/dissertations deadline for submission and approval by Graduate School
April 27 Finals begin for spring 2020
May 1 Finals end for spring 2020
May 1 Deadline for extension of tenure clock (for those with review scheduled for Autumn 2020/2020-21 academic year)
May 3 Spring commencement
May 8 Last day to submit grades
May 12 Graduate School end of semester deadline; students may graduate without summer enrollment
May 13 Summer term courses begin
May 15 Teaching Support Program completion deadline for compensation-eligible faculty
June 30 All university-sponsored international and non-essential domestic travel cancelled through this date.
June 30 Temporary hiring freeze in place through this date.
July 6 All university events cancelled through July 6
July 22 Student deadline to complete course work from Spring 2020 incomplete classes
July 31 End of summer classes
August All education abroad programs cancelled through summer 2020
August 3 Summer finals start
August 5 Summer finals end
August 9 Summer commencement
December Enterprise Project - Workday implementation starts