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Coronavirus Information

This webpage will serve as a resource for the College of Social Work as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this page for important updates and links to resources.

We encourage everyone to follow the CDC guidelines and to reference the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes, Wexner Medical Center, the City of Columbus and the Ohio Department of Health websites for the most up-to-date guidelines for the Ohio State community.


Question and Answer Sessions

Times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

BSSW Students

Wednesdays from 11–11:30 a.m.
Zoom link

MSW Students

Virtual advising hours Mondays 6–7 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m.–Noon
Zoom link

Ph.D. Students

Please contact Mo Yee Lee for updates.


Autumn 2020 Updates

The last day of classes will be Friday, December 4. All instruction in the last week of the semester, November 30 to December 4, as well as final exams from December 7 to 11, will be accomplished through online methods. The autumn commencement date and format will be announced at a later date.

Additional updates about Autumn Semester planning can be found on the University’s website at:


Pass/No Pass Grading Option for Autumn 2020

Due to the unique challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Social Work is implementing an Autumn Semester 2020 Pass-No Pass policy for undergraduate social work students.

What is the deadline to request Pass-No Pass (PA/NP) grading?

Students have until 5 p.m. on November 20 to select an option of a PA/NP grade for any of their semester-long or second session classes. We encourage you to delay your decision to select the PA/NP grading option until a time close to the November 20 deadline when you will have more comprehensive knowledge about your standing in each class.

Requests for first session classes are due October 2.

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.

A (PA) grade in a social work major class, a social work minor class, and/or a social work elective class, is given for students who earn a minimum grade of C or higher in the class.

How do I select this option?

If a social work student wants to select a PA/NP grading option, the student needs to consult with their academic advisor via email. During this consultation, the student and advisor will discuss the implications of the PA/NP grading option versus the letter grade (A–E) option.

The University’s online form for semester-long and session two classes will go live in the coming days. As stated above, we encourage you to delay your decision to select the PA/NP grading option until a time close to the November 20 deadline.
Please contact your advisor by October 1 if you would like to request the PA/NP grading option for first session classes.

What are the general considerations of the Pass/No Pass (PA/NP) grading option?

Once a PA/NP grade has been selected, the selection cannot be changed.

A PA/NP grade has no bearing on your GPA.

Courses taken PA/NP during autumn 2020 semester would count toward the limit of 20 PA/NP credit hours (exclusive of credit hours earned under the PA/NP option in spring 2020) that each student may take during their undergraduate career.

Application to Graduate Schools: During the autumn 2020 semester, some undergraduate institutions implemented Pass-No Pass policies. These actions were taken in order to accommodate students who have experienced significant disruptions in their personal and academic lives as a result of COVID-19; and the ongoing crises and life stressors associated with pervasive racial unrest. One of the requirements to be eligible for Ohio State’s Advanced Standing MSW Program (ASAP) is that applicants must have a “B” or better in all social work required courses. However, for the current admission cycle, should an applicant meeting the 3.0 GPA requirement have received a “PA” designation for a required social work course during the Autumn 2020 semester, they are still eligible to apply and their applications will receive full consideration. The admission committee will consider all material presented in the application package to make a final determination on admission to the program.

Please note that the Pass/No Pass policy has not been universally adopted by other institutions this autumn semester and thus the interpretation and impact of Pass grades in the evaluation of graduate school applications will vary from institution to institution.


Field Education

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Katie Klakos at klakos.2@osu.edu. Requests made by 7–10 days prior to the supervision session will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.


Help Desk Information

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

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.


Career Services

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.

Active SWT Extension:

The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board in response to the global pandemic and expected delays in tests and licenses, is extending the expiration date for active SWTs. The extension is to give SWTs time to complete the licensure process during the period of anticipated postponements. This update would extend the expiration date to 12/1/2020 for active SWTs. Within the next couple of weeks the board will automatically update the expiration date and it is recommended that SWTs check their registration toward the end of April to make sure that their date has been updated on the elicense system at https://elicense.ohio.gov/oh_verifylicense. In regards to employment, it is the decision of the employer if they want to hire the candidate who holds the SWT. Employers can find more information on the scope of practice and the supervision requirements for active SWTs at https://cswmft.ohio.gov/Social-Workers/Social-Work-Trainee. Lastly, this extension only applies to current SWTs and any new registrations must follow the normal application process which includes proof of enrollment that shows a field practicum for summer 2020.

For more information, please visit https://cswmft.ohio.gov/Home/COVID-19.


Licensure Exam Update

PearsonVue will be open for exam scheduling starting on May 1st. 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. More information about the testing center re-opening can be found at https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update.


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