COVID-19 Updates for the AEDE Community

Our return to offices/campuses plans balance reopening in-person activities while weighing risk and safety. Read more on CFAES Return to Offices and CampusesInformation will be updated as new guidance surfaces. 

Columbus Campus Summer 2021 Students Weekly Testing:

Ohio State is making plans for a safe and healthy summer term, and we want you to be prepared to do your part. Because you are enrolled in courses during the summer term, you will need to complete weekly COVID-19 testing. The Jesse Owens North testing facility’s summer hours are: 

  • Monday: 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.  
  • Tuesday: 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.  
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Students can plan ahead and schedule their testing appointment each week using MyChart. Instructions for scheduling in MyChart can be found at

If you will be taking all virtual courses and can verify that you will not be physically on campus or interacting with other campus community members for any reason during the summer term, you can submit an exemption for testing at Exemptions take 3-7 business days to process. Information about your exemption can be found by checking your Ohio State email inbox.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 testing program, please email More information can be found on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to AEDE faculty and staff.


Student and Learning Support

student organizations can meet in person as of may 10, 2021

  • In accordance with the university’s updated event guidelines, below is a list of guidance for student organization activities on and after May 10.
  • Student organizations may hold on-campus in-person events with more than 10 people in accordance with all federal, state, local, university and venue guidelines.
    • The number of in-person attendees will be determined by the capacity of the venue. Check with venue staff as most capacities are reduced from previous standards.
    • Your event planner will work with you to confirm risk mitigation plans including securing necessary approval from the Events Review Committee. Advisor approval will no longer be required.
    • You may request space using regular scheduling tools and methods.
  • Student organizations may hold and/or attend off-campus in-person events with more than 10 people in accordance with all federal, state, local, university and venue guidelines.
    • Off-campus events do not need approval from the Events Review Committee.
  • For all in-person activities, whether indoors or outdoors, continue to follow all health and safety guidelines for mask wearing, physical distancing and hand hygiene. At this time there are no special considerations for attendees who are fully vaccinated.
  • University restrictions on travel are in place through at least June 30, 2021. No university funds may be used for travel during this time and student organizations are encouraged to avoid shared travel. When travel is necessary for approved off-campus activities, students should travel separately or with their “quaran-team” members only.
  • We encourage you to work closely and consult with event planning staff, student organizations staff, sport-club staff, sorority and fraternity staff, and your organization advisor as you make plans for in-person activities.

What about advising and student engagement?

AEDE faculty and staff will be offering virtual drop-in office hours, online discussion groups, and in-person one-on-one meetings by appointment with faculty or staff during the semester.

Will we have access to the Ag Admin Building or the AEDE’s 250A Administrative Suite?

There is limited access to the Agricultural Administration Building at this time. The library, cafe, and some offices are open. In-person meetings are available by appointment, to ensure safety of all involved. 
CFAES has several college transition teams actively synthesizing university guidance to localize for CFAES departments and Units.
To help organize the information, we have created a website for CFAES Return to Offices and Campuses

When is MAY 2021 commencement?

The university will celebrate the Class of 2021 during an in-person commencement on May 9, 2021. A commencement for 2020 Honors graduates will take place on August 8, 2021. 

How can I access University COVID- Related information and resources?

Resources for students and
Students can use the Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) and the Buckeye Peer Access Line (PAL), which operates Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight, and Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. CFAES COVID-19 Resources and Best Practices

For up-to-date information on University policies, procedures and notices, please visit

Guidance for student organizations - Columbus Campus.

Guidance for student organizations - Wooster Campus.

Review the Office of Student Life - Return to Campus Plan.

CFAES Common Areas for Students

new zoom password requirements

In an effort to increase security and privacy for the Ohio State community, all CarmenZoom meetings will require a passcode beginning July 30, and the change will prevent users from turning off the passcode going forward.
Passcodes will be applied to previously scheduled meetings and Personal Meeting ID links.
If you have any upcoming meetings without a passcode, you will need to edit those meetings, as well as your Personal Meeting ID.
Updating your Zoom meetings before July 30 will create a much smoother experience for your attendees. 
Read more or contact:

Teaching and Instructional Support

what are some resources for online teaching?

Instructors can sign up now for Introduction to Teaching Online, a two-week course delivered in CarmenCanvas.
The course will introduce the key considerations for the online learning environment, including how to make decisions about course format and delivery, how to communicate with students, and how to foster student interaction and create engaging activities. 
For the most up-to-date list of workshops from the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, visit the Keep Teaching website

AAEA Teaching Resources
The Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics (CWAE) Communication Covid-19 On-Line Resources.
How You Can Work to Increase the Presence and Improve the Experience of Black, Latinx and Native American People in the Economics Profession" (Amanda Bayer, Gary Hoover, Ebonya Washington)
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) and the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) have partnered together on a new paper, Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets. This publication contains insights from 29 experts and is now available for download

Business Essential Travel – Exception Approval

If business travel is being considered because it is essential, please consult the CFAES resource guide to follow the process for requesting the trip. The resource guide has been added to the CFAES Return to Offices and Campuses. The guide includes guiding principles for Business Essential Travel, requirements during the University’s travel restriction period, and a chart showing the approval process. Questions should be directed to the department fiscal officer.

Events and Meetings

2021 Agricultural policy, Winter outlooks, and Spring "Economics of US Forests as a Natural Climate Solution" webinar

View recordings and access presentations of 2020-21 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference and Winter Outlooks. 

Register for the autumn, in-person Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference