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This week, The Ohio State University’s Interim Senior Vice President for Talent, Culture and Human Resources and Senior Adviser to the President Paul Patton delivered the following message to the campus community.
Ohio State’s faculty and staff — including our graduate student employees — are at the core of our ability to deliver on Ohio State’s mission, and you will play a central role in the success of our reactivated campuses.
On behalf of all of our leaders, I appreciate your many contributions over the past year, whether you were working on campus, in the medical center, from home or in a hybrid situation. With wide availability of vaccines and continued safety protocols, it will be exciting to see many more of you in person as preparations continue for autumn semester, which begins August 24.
Today, I am pleased to share our philosophy and expectations and to address key questions that we have heard about this reactivation process — recognizing that some faculty, staff and graduate students have been working in person during the entire pandemic.
Given the size and complexity of Ohio State, there will not be a one-size-fits-all answer to address what work will look like during the reactivation process. A common principle will guide our approach that “We will combine the power of our residential, in-person experiences with what we have learned about ourselves and our operations in the course of the pandemic to emerge as a transformed university. In short, reactivated Ohio State campuses will be even more impactful than they were before the pandemic.”
To address common questions:
To continue refining our overall public health response, the university is asking employees to voluntarily share their vaccine information by completing this simple form. This information will be used for contact tracing, isolating/quarantining or other individual case decisions in the event of a COVID-19 exposure, as aggregate data to determine the percentage of vaccinated Ohio State students, faculty and staff, and to drive decisions on public health measures needed for the Ohio State community.
I acknowledge there are many perspectives on the reactivation of campuses. Individuals have specific questions about what their workplace will be like when they return. Please continue to use the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website for the latest information about the university’s approach.
Our guidance will continue to evolve based on science, data and expertise of public health leaders, and we want to be clear that our focus will not change. The safety of our campus community is always the university’s top priority and preparing to reactivate our campuses is based on evidence that supports our return.
Thank you for your commitment to our community. You will be hearing from leaders of your college or area as plans evolve.
Paul N. Patton
Senior Advisor to the President
Interim Senior Vice President, Talent, Culture and Human Resources