Office of Student Life

Disability Services

COVID-Related Accommodation Requests

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The university is committed to supporting students and program participants with COVID-19 based risk factors. We at Student Life Disability Services (SLDS), in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Equity, will work with students who are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19 to ensure that they have the necessary resources to participate in university life as safely as possible.

You may submit a request for COVID-related accommodations for any of the following reasons:

  • I have tested positive for COVID-19 and am isolating in my residence.
  • I am in quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure, symptom expression or out-of-state travel requirements.
  • I have a medical condition that puts me at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, as defined by the CDC (see FAQ for details).
  • I have another high-risk factor, as defined by the CDC (e.g. age, obesity, pregnancy).
  • I live with or care for someone with a high-risk factor or medical condition, as defined by the CDC.
  • I am providing care for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19.
  • I have a medical condition or disability not included in the CDC health factors that I believe is affected by COVID-19.

Types of Requests

We may approve a wide range of COVID-19 related accommodations, including:

  • Academic flexibility during your isolation or quarantine period
  • Remote attendance/participation for on-campus academic requirements
  • Additional/enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • On-campus housing accommodations
  • Alternative arrangements for face covering requirement

Request Procedure

Schedule Adjustments:

If you have concerns about the modality of your autumn 2020 courses, you should first contact your academic advisor to discuss possible adjustments to your schedule to meet your needs. If scheduling adjustments do not adequately address your COVID-related concerns, then please submit an accommodation request.

SLDS-Registered Students: 

No form required. Please contact your Access Specialist with your request. If you attend a regional campus, please contact your respective Disability Services office.

Students Not Registered with SLDS:

  1. Submit a COVID-Related Accommodation Request Form.

  2. If you are making a request due to having a medical condition or disability that is impacted by COVID-19, please upload documentation with your request form. (See FAQ for details)

  3. Monitor your Buckeyemail for status updates and next steps.

Disclosures: Disability Services will not use or disclose any medical information you provide for any other purposes unless you authorize such disclosure or if such disclosure is otherwise required by law.

Questions/Assistance: Please contact us at slds@osu.edu or 614-292-3307.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: If I have a medical condition or disability that is impacted by COVID-19, what kind of documentation do I need to upload with my request form? 

We will review and consider all pieces of documentation submitted. The following are recommendations for documentation to support COVID-related accommodation requests. For more information, please review our Documentation Guidelines.

  • For high-risk conditions: Your documentation should confirm your diagnosis. If you have a condition that is only high-risk depending on the severity (e.g. moderate to severe asthma), the documentation should speak to the severity of your condition.
  • For non-high-risk conditions: Your documentation should confirm your diagnosis and address how your condition is affected by COVID-19. We encourage your health care provider to first review the university’s Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website in order to determine what accommodations, if any, will be necessary.

Q: I have tested positive for COVID-19 or I have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?

First, please take care of yourself. Follow the university’s guidance on health reporting and quarantine/isolation procedures. For more information, visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

After you have submitted a request, we will send you an email stating our support for academic flexibility during your quarantine/isolation. You can forward this email to your instructors and then communicate with them about alternative arrangements. You or your instructors can contact us with any questions or concerns.

Q: Do I have to wear a face mask?

Yes. Face masks must be worn in indoor settings, including, but not limited to: classrooms, common areas, residence halls, conference rooms, shared office spaces, hallways, buses and shared vehicles on all Ohio State campuses. Masks must also be worn in outdoor spaces on campus, even when individuals can maintain appropriate physical distancing. For more information, visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

If you are seeking an exemption from this requirement, please submit a COVID-related accommodation request.

Q: What conditions are considered high-risk by the CDC?

The CDC provides guidance on health-related factors which may increase the risk of complications from COVID-19. The list of factors may evolve as information about COVID is discovered, so please visit the CDC coronavirus webpage for the most up to date and complete listing. Some of the common health factors include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (Body Mass Index of 30 or higher)
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

People with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:

  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Smoking
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus