COVID-19 Information for ODI Scholars

COVID-19 Information for ODI Scholars

Below is some helpful information for our ODI Scholars and other Ohio State students about changes taking place due to university protocols on COVID-19.

As we work to keep learning during this evolving COVID-19 situation, here are key tips and resources to help you make the shift to learning online.

Greetings! As vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer, I write to inform you of very important updates to ODI's COVID-19 safety plan, which are aligned with guidance offered by the university. As part of efforts to maintain the health and well-being of the community, Hale Hall/the Hale Cultural Center will be temporarily closed, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until Friday, March 27, 2020.

All ODI staff will be telecommuting from home or alternative location during the aforementioned time period but will be available to assist you. In other words, ODI services and guidance will remain in place but delivered from a different format (e.g., telephone, e-mail, and/or video conferencing). I know that this is a very tough time for students, staff, and faculty. ODI will never waiver in its commitment to you and your overall success at The Ohio State University. We stand ready to assist you during these unsettling times.

Please feel free to contact us via e-mail (odi@osu.edu) and/or telephone at 614/247-8007 with your concerns and/or questions, and I encourage you to check routinely the ODI website for updates.

Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation!

Respectfully,

James L. Moore III, PhD

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Executive Director, Bell National Resource Center
Distinguished Professor of Urban Education
College of Education and Human Ecology

Warm greetings! As you should already know, the university announced on Monday an extension of the academic year by one week to balance out the additional week of spring break. The final day of classes is now Friday, April 24th, and finals week will be Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1. I write to make you aware of recent changes to ODI's supplemental instruction and tutoring programs.

By the end of the week, ODI's supplemental instruction leaders will be e-mailing resources on a weekly basis to those students who are currently enrolled in the program, beginning the week of March 23rd. Further, it is important to note that all tutoring sessions will now be done online using the Zoom video conferencing system. Any students who need tutoring should request tutoring sessions via OnCourse in the normal manner and then connect over Zoom at the appointed time with their tutor. Be sure to log onto ODI's Tutoring page on Carmen to keep up with the latest updates.

If you do not have access to appropriate technology, the Office of Distance Education and eLearning has a number of I-Pads available to loan out to students who do not have on-line access this semester. Please contact ODI staff members Mr. Brandon Britt (Britt.81@osu.edu) or Dr. Chila Thomas (Thomas.1667@osu.edu) to determine your eligibility for this first-come, first-served loaner program. It is important to understand that any student who has already received an I-Pad as part of the university's Digital Flagship program is not eligible to participate in the I-Pad loaner program, and those students who are eligible will need to travel to the Columbus campus to check out the I-Pad loaner.

In closing, I urge you to do the following:

  1. Prioritize your physical and emotional health while staying engaged and focused on your coursework.

  2. Be sure to log onto ODI's Tutoring page on Carmen to keep up with the latest updates.

  3. Make sure you are familiar with key online learning tools like Carmen and Zoom.

  4. Reach out to ODI supplemental instruction and tutoring leadership if you have any questions or concerns.

Stay safe and take care of yourself!

Respectfully,

James L. Moore III, PhD
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Executive Director, Bell National Resource Center
Distinguished Professor of Urban Education
College of Education and Human Ecology

We Are Here For You

The Ohio State University is committed to doing everything we can to support students during the COVID-19 outbreak. As this situation evolves, the Office of Student Life is dedicated to continuing to create the extraordinary student experience for all Buckeyes - even from afar.

As the university transitions to distance learning, our student support services will be offered virtually as well. This list will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Ohio State University is doing everything possible to keep our Buckeye community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a requirement that students move out of residence halls for the remainder of the semester and continue their studies through virtual instruction. The Office of Student Life will be facilitating a scheduled and orderly process for students to move out of the residence halls. To aid this process, we are extending spring break by one week through Sunday, March 22.

Each year, IMPACT serves more than 20,000 families and individuals in Columbus and Franklin County who are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Buckeye Food Alliance, the on-campus food pantry, will now be open 5 days a week and by appointment to provide free food (non-perishables, fresh fruit, dairy products, meat, frozen items, etc.) and toiletry items to university students.