While all OSU events remain canceled through July 6 and non-essential employees continue to telework, the university has created a task force charged with making a monumental decision – will campus re-open for Fall classes.
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“While the information about the virus continues to evolve, and we will need to be flexible, the current tentative goal is to have an announcement of plans for the fall semester by mid-June, said OSU in release.
It should be noted there has not been any information released regarding linkage between on-campus classes and holding a college football season. Though the Pac-12 is apparently mulling a shortenened, all-in-conference season according to ESPN.
Running a large university such as OSU is a complex endeavor so the task force is comprised of members who understand the wide spectrum of functions and operations necessary to the university’s return to on-campus operations. Each member will lead teams in their own areas with involvement from faculty, staff and students where appropriate.
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As Columbus begins its slow re-opening under the direction of the Governor’s office, many remain skeptical that danger posed by the coronavirus has sufficiently passed.
For campus-area businesses including apartment communities, bars, restaurants and retail – a Fall semester without students could mean the end of the road for many.
“I think we’re all part of this super awkward game of limbo, where the bar keeps moving. However if Ohio State pushes fall classes to strictly online for fall, that will be the nail in the coffin for a lot of businesses. We know where our bread is buttered and these students are the knife. I, just as I would assume every other business owner , wants our lives to get back to some sort of normalcy. But we also want what’s best for the kids. No dollar amount or bottom line is worth somebody’s life. Will it suck, absolutely. But small business owners are a resilient group of people who don’t just lie down when things get tough,” said Scott Ellsworth owner of Three’s and Fours on High.