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OSU To Require Masks and "Coronavirus Pledge" For Students In Fall

Ohio State University will require staff and students to wear masks when they return to campus in the fall, and students will have to sign a "coronavirus pledge" agreeing help slow the spread of the virus.  

"....A pledge will be required for members of the campus community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors, to affirm their understanding of what is needed to help fight the spread of the virus and their intention to do their part. Accountability measures will be in place for those who refuse to abide by required health and safety guidelines...."

The pledge was mentioned in an email that went out to students on Wednesday, spelling out that masks are to be worn in any confined spaces, like buildings or buses, and any outdoor space where people cannot maintain the 6-foot safe distancing buffer.    

The pledge has yet to be written, and school officials say "accountability measures" have not been determined, but they are intended to educate, and not punish students.  Student athletes returning for training in June were required to sign a similar "Buckeye Promise".  


A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.