The more you know: COVID-19 college information

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The more you know:
COVID-19 college information

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is continuing to operate remotely. If you have appointments, please communicate in advance to verify if your meeting will be held via phone or via Zoom. Information that addresses common questions related to students, faculty and continuing education is listed below. As a reminder, no one should be on campus.

Latest News

Messages from Dean Gregoire

Dean Gregoire’s communique sent March 13, 2020
Dean Gregoire’s communique sent March 10, 2020
Dean Gregoire’s communique sent March 6, 2020

Live Question and Answer Sessions

Students, please attend our online Q & A sessions with any questions about classes and/or field.

Student Information from the College of Social Work

Many courses will shift to using Zoom for class sessions for the next two weeks, to prepare you may want to review the Zoom Getting Started Guide or Join a Test Meeting to test your system.

While completing classes virtually, students may choose to return to their permanent place of residence or return to campus, where appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures will be actively encouraged.

Advising Services
Advising services are available by reaching out to your academic advisor via normal communication methods. Email addresses are listed below.

Pass/No Pass Policy

Undergraduate Social Work Students

Social Work students have until 5:00pm on April 17th to select an option of a Pass/No Pass (PA/NP) grade for any of their spring 2020 classes.

How do I select this option?

If a social work student wants to select a PA/NP choice, the student needs to consult with their advisor via email (Andréa Severson (.10) or Stacy Song (.1067)). In the consultation, the student and advisor will discuss the implications of a PA/NP grade, versus a GPA letter grade (A-E).

What letter grade equates to a Pass(PA) grade?

A Pass (PA) grade in a GE or Free Elective is given for all students who earn a minimum grade of D or higher in the class. For social work students, a Pass (PA) grade in a social work major class, a social work elective class, and/or any minor class serving as a social work elective (offered by or originating from the College of Social Work) is given for students who earn a minimum grade of C or higher in the class.

What are general considerations of the Pass/No Pass Option?

Students who are on financial aid are eligible for the Pass/No Pass option.

To earn Dean’s List standing, a student must have a minimum of 12 GPA letter-graded credits (A-E) and a 3.5 semester GPA.

A Pass/No Pass grade has no bearing on your GPA.

Once a Pass/No Pass grade has been selected, the selection cannot be changed.

Field Education

The OSU CSW leadership team has been carefully monitoring the emerging COVID-19 pandemic and assessing the impact of this international crisis on our social work students. We are asking ALL students NOT to go to in-person field activities this week (March 16-22). This communication supersedes any other communication you have received up to this point, and we apologize for any confusion. This situation is dynamic and ever changing, and we are working to make the best decision for our students and agencies.

Help Desk Information

The Keep Teaching help desk is open from 8am to 8pm Monday-Friday through 614-688-HELP or

Staff from the University Institute for Teaching and Learning are also available to provide support and consultation, particularly on identifying and implementing appropriate assessment tools for courses taught at distance.

Teaching Continuity

It is important to note that the university has not canceled classes. All courses, both face-to-face and online will not begin until March 23. Course content will be open to students beginning March 16, but ALL instruction does not begin until the March 23.

The deadline for withdrawals and grade forgiveness for Spring 2020 has been changed from March 20, 2020 to April 3, 2020. The original date, which falls within the extended Spring Break, comes before students will have had a chance to experience the modified instructional format mandated by the University’s Covid-19 mitigation plan. The new deadline allows students two weeks of instruction in the new format before requiring them to make a decision.


Please monitor your Ohio State email and wait for communications for College leadership with further information. Begin to ensure that your Carmen course is up to date. To prepare you may want to review the Zoom Getting Started Guide or Join a Test Meeting to test your system.


Wellness Resources

For assistance with stress, anxiety or other mental health concerns, the university has a variety of resources for students, faculty and staff. These include:

Cancelled/Postponed Events

Following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that no large events be held within the next eight weeks, the following events have been postponed.

Career Services

All Career Services events for spring semester, including the Job Fair, are canceled.  Students can access Handshake, which is the university’s online job search platform.  The Career Services Office is available for online appointments, including resume and cover letter reviews, job search, negotiating salary, career planning and more. To schedule an online appointment click here.

Continuing Education

All in-person CE trainings scheduled through the end of April have been postponed as a precautionary measure to reduce the potential exposure and spread of COVID-19. If you have already registered for one of these trainings, guidance was sent via email the morning of Wednesday, March 11. Any new registration submissions will be held as pending (i.e. unconfirmed) until the new training dates are determined and the event registration links below are updated.

Please contact us at with any questions or concerns. We are still open for business! We appreciate your understanding, patience, and support through this time.

Licensure Exam Update

PearsonVue has closed its testing centers until April 16. We will work closely with our partners ASWB and NBCC to ensure applicants have what they need (e.g. extended letters of eligibility) to complete the exam process once it is confirmed the centers will be reopened. More information about the testing center closures can be found at

Updates from The Ohio State University

Tips, tools and strategies

COVID-19 Resources, Services, and Support

A Message From the Chief Wellness Officer: How to cope with anxiety about coronavirus 

Keep Learning: Temporary Remote Learning Resources

Stress Busters

Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Check out this video!

Field Education Student Resource Center

Council of Graduate Students/Student Legal Services Advisory Committee Update:

“At this time, there is no blanket rental payment relief in place for the COVID-19 crisis. The local Municipal Court is delaying eviction hearings, but evictions are still being filed for non-payment. We are closely monitoring all government orders and initiatives, legislative efforts, and outside resources available to tenants in order to have the most up-to-date information for our student clients.
The Ohio Landlord-Tenant Act in the Ohio Revised code governs the general legal relationship between tenants and landlords. However, a tenant’s specific legal rights and responsibilities can only be determined after review of their situation and their lease agreement. Our advice for one student might be different from another student depending on a number of factors including their lease agreement, landlord, and employment status. So, again, it is important that students schedule an appointment to review their unique circumstances.
We encourage all students to schedule a phone appointment to speak with a Student Legal Services attorney online through our website While we are operating remotely, we are still fully staffed and have plenty of availability! 
Student Legal Services provides legal advice and representation for a number of legal issues outside of landlord-tenant law, including criminal misdemeanors and traffic offenses, debt and credit matters, employment, and more. For a list of areas covered, please visit”

The Crisis Kit: 5 Tools for Helping Clients Through Turbulent Times 

The City of Columbus COVID-19 guide

Student Life: We are here for you

Mental Health First Aid USA:

Free Class from Yale University
The Science of Well-being

Regional Campus Resources

Resource lists for each county with an Ohio State University campus

If you are looking for services for students with material support needs, here are lists of services.  We recognize that these lists will overlap service listings. For students living further away, a simple Googe search for “county name Ohio community services” will yield similar types of results.

Franklin County

Allen County

Richland County

Licking County

Marion County

Wayne County

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 | CDC

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Click here to download a free Mindfulness and Wellness activity: Create Peace in Chaos

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health: A Comprehensive Resource Guide

Need academic coaching for online learning? The Dennis Learning Center is offering virtual academic coaching through Zoom! Click this link to set an appointment:

Ohio State Wellness App

Finding balance and wellness in your life can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Ohio State University is here to support you in addressing mental health concerns and proactively building behaviors that support your overall wellness.

The Ohio State: Wellness app (free) is designed to make it easy to choose the right resources and take action. Use this tool to set goals, develop healthy habits and help someone you care about access the support they need.

  • Explore all nine dimensions of wellness through blog-style articles and scholarship written with the college experience in mind.
  • Support your recovery and proactive wellness by connecting with the support resources available to you as an Ohio State student.
  • Track habits that support your wellness goals.
    The Crisis tab provides clear directions for accessing support. This feature is also currently available as I’m Experiencing an Emergency or Crisis in the Ohio State app About You tab.

You can access the Ohio State Wellness App at this link.

Counseling and Consultation Services:

While our university acts to keep our community safe in response to COVID-19, Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is open and we are here to support the campus community. CCS acknowledges the impact on Ohio State students related to Coronavirus and recognizes that it is typical to experience anxiety, worry, or fear.
If you are in distress, please know we are here to help. Students may contact CCS at any time by calling 614-292-5766. If calling after hours, press 2 to be connected to a counselor. You can also visit our website at
For current clients:

If you are on campus, you can keep your scheduled appointment.

If you are not returning to the Columbus area, please contact your clinician to inform them.

If you are not feeling well, please call to reschedule your appointment at 614-292-5766. If you need to speak with a counselor urgently or need other resources, let us know during the call.

For additional resources, please see these links:
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
Share Facts About COVID-19
Taking Care During COVID-19

FREE classes, available remotely through Zoom.

It’s our nonprofit’s way of providing some social support during these challenging times.
These FREE classes will be offered for several months – or until we are back to our regular ways of interacting.

  1. Mondays 1 -2: (starts March 30th)

Simple Stretching and Mindful Breathing for all Shapes, Sizes, and Abilities
You can do these stretches seated or standing, in any way that feels good to you today.
No yoga mats necessary – just a chair (option for sitting in or using for strengthening, balance poses), a pillow on which to sit, and perhaps a blanket.  Please join us and release some stress. for more FREE breaks (mp3 and mp4).

  1. Wednesdays 1-2: Warrior Yoga (starts April 1st)
Have fun with some energizing power yoga flows. Various options for poses always offered so you can create a practice that works for you today.  Stretch, strengthen, and release some stress.

If you have a yoga mat, please use it.  But ou don’t need a mat to do yoga – one of my favorite ways to do these poses is in my hiking boots in the snowy mountains.  So yoga on a carpet or floor should work well too!
Please email me at or text me (801-656-7885) with any questions!

  1. Thursday 1-2  April 2nd and April 9th FOR KIDS DOING HOMEWORK AT HOME 
A quick stretching and breathing break can help your child learn to manage stress, improve focus, and get some exercise! Plus, it’s a break for you too!
Practice some simple 5-minute yoga breaks to do while your kids are doing schoolwork at home.
Join us to practice the breaks and receive your FREE downloads of all the breaks and coloring sheets to go with them!
Please email me at or text me (801-656-7885) with any questions!

Namaste, Yael

Yael Calhoun, E-RYT, MA, MS
Executive Director, GreenTREE Yoga: a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit 801/656-7885
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Teddy Roosevelt
Visit our website  for free yoga downloads.

We’re here for you – Headspace
Weathering the storm includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.

Praying through Worry and Fear: Guided Meditations for Peace and Strength 

NAACP Coronavirus Inquires:

U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage for students who have to move.

Comcast is offering free internet essentials package for qualified customers.

Frontier Airlines:
Students Fly Free promo

Are you bored? Looking for things to do for the rest of Spring Break?
Check out this list of 100 things you can do!

Free Educational Resources for Kids

Home School Resources for Children and Free University Courses
Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings

Scholastic Learn at Home

Khan Academy (great technology)

The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents (Home Schooling Resources)

Curriculum and Materials (Ontario)

Home School Support Groups:

Canadian Home Based Learning

Free University Classes:

Remote Field Opportunities

Ideas for work that can be done remotely for field hours from NASW

Licensure Exam Information
Important test delivery information pertaining to COVID-19 (coronavirus)
Starting Tuesday, March 17, we are suspending test delivery at all U.S.- and Canada-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers for 30 days until April 16. Learn more. Updated: March 16, 2020

How to report COVID-19 cases

    • What to do about possible coronavirus cases:

Individuals: Contact your primary care physician if you are personally experiencing signs or symptoms of respiratory illness consistent with coronavirus, have been exposed to an individual with coronavirus or have been diagnosed with the virus. If you are unable to reach your primary care physician, call the Wexner Medical Center’s COVID-19 call center at (614) 293-4000.

Managers: If you receive a report, confirmed or unconfirmed, that a member of your team has been exposed to or has contracted coronavirus, connect with your HR Business Professional and call the Wexner Medical Center’s COVID-19 call center at (614) 293-4000 for guidance on what you should do.

Please remember: If you learn of a possible case, do NOT share this person’s health information with colleagues. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information is protected by HIPAA and other laws. Please trust health officials to investigate cases and trace potential contacts.