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Update: Regular Columbus campus operations to resume on Tuesday

Water advisory issued

UPDATE: Monday, April 25, 6:35 p.m.

Columbus campus will resume regular operations beginning on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 a.m. Staff members should work in accordance with their normal schedule, in consultation with their supervisor. Students and faculty should also resume regularly scheduled activities.

Water pressure has begun to return closer to normal levels as crews continue to repair the water line break on John Herrick Drive. The road remains closed between Olentangy River Road and Cannon Drive. CABS service delays are anticipated. Service updates will be posted on the Transportation and Traffic Management website.

The city of Columbus has issued a water advisory for Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Do not drink water or brush your teeth with water from the faucets, drinking fountains etc. until you are told it is safe to do so. Drink bottled water instead and do not try to boil or treat water in your residence hall room or elsewhere. Students in the residence halls will receive updates through their university email and hall message boards.

Instructors with classes canceled on Monday should be flexible with their students. For those who had scheduled projects/presentations/graded activities for in-person classes, they can use their prescheduled final exam period, if needed. If a final exam is already scheduled during that period, they should work with their students to find a mutually agreed upon time for an in-person or virtual session.

Students should work with their instructors if scheduled class time from Monday needs to be made up for projects/presentations/graded activities. Instructors will use the original final exam window, if possible, but should be flexible with students.

Monday, April 25 (2:30 p.m.) - Classes Canceled

Due to a major water line break, most buildings on The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus are experiencing low or no water pressure. In the interest of health and safety, all in-person classes are canceled for the remainder of Monday, April 25. 

Classes scheduled to meet online will occur as planned. Please check with leaders of other scheduled activities to be sure there are no other changes or cancellations.

Crews are actively responding and working to resolve the issue. No restoration estimate is currently available. Potable water quality is still being assessed. Out of an abundance of caution, do not consume water provided through water lines and instead drink bottled water. This includes not using ice machines, coffee makers and drinking fountains.

Any faculty and staff members with the ability to work remotely are encouraged to do so in consultation with their supervisor. Essential staff whose responsibilities must be done in person should report to work in alignment with their normal schedule. For specific staffing questions, please contact your supervisor or HR Business Partner. The university is prioritizing services for students in residence halls, medical center patients and essential staff remaining on campus.

  • The Wexner Medical Center remains OPEN. Medical center staff can continue to check HealthBeat HUB.
  • Veterinary Medical Center continues to provide care to hospitalized patients, and will be on diversion for emergencies until further notice.
  • Optometry remains OPEN.
  • Dental clinics are CLOSED.

For additional clinical information, check directly with the service provider.

Student Health Services and all recreational facilities are closed. The Traditions dining facilities will offer grab and go service at Scott House, Kennedy and Morrill Tower, all other dining facilities are closed.

The waterline break is located near the John Herrick Drive bridge. Herrick is closed between Olentangy River Road and Cannon Drive. The Ackerman Shuttle, Patient Courtesy Shuttle and paratransit will be rerouted during this time. CABS service delays are anticipated. Service updates will be posted on the Transportation and Traffic Management website.

Please continue to check emergency.osu.edu for updates.

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