Information for Earth Sciences Students/Staff/Faculty/Affiliates


Updated on 2/10/2020

This page is used for providing guidance on the current coronavirus situation for Earth Sciences students, staff, faculty, and other affiliates.

School of Earth Sciences staff are available to assist you

M-F 8:00am -5:00pm

For general office inquiry please email


Key Earth Sciences Contacts

Facilities related questions, contact Soyoung Carpenter, ( 614-688-2884)

Lab related questions, contact John Olesik (, 614-292-6954) and Susan Welch (, 614-352-3773)

Undergraduate advising and questions, contact Karen Royce (

Grad student questions, contact Angie Rogers (

IT related questions, contact Brent Curtiss (, 614-688-3758)


University Travel

Following the public health guidance of local, state, and federal officials, Ohio State has extended the domestic and international travel restrictions to June 30, 2021. Visit Coronavirus travel guidelines extended to June 30, 2021, published by Business and Finance for more information

Due to the evolving impacts of COVID-19 and the assessments need to confirm eligibility to travel, spend authorizations should be submitted:

  • 8-10 weeks prior to the departure date for International travel
  • 4-6 weeks prior to the departure date for domestic travel

Visit the Travel FAQ website for information regarding CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL GUIDELINES

Workday system

Workday is an administrative technology that serves as a single system for the university’s business operations in:

  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Payroll
  • Supply chain ( Request Travel or Purchase)

Faculty, staff, and student employees will use WORKDAY to update personal information, request leave, select benefits, and more. Please visit WORKDAY Enterprise project website for more information. 

The Administrative Resource Center provides guides, job aids, training, and more for Ohio State's IT services. Below are some helpful links:

Workday help desk webpage has information on how to use WORKDAY, find answers to questions you may have.

HR Service Delivery 

HR Connection an online destination for Ohio State HR support services and is the first point of contact for questions and support for HR and payroll services. You can access this support by:


The university has stated that everyone who can is required to work remotely. This includes all undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, administrative and research staff, and faculty. Various resources for telework can be found at OSU Human Resources COVID-19 HR Resources website.


Building Access 

Mendenhall Laboratory and Orton Hall are open for classes/research only. A daily health check to report body temperature and health status is required for all students, faculty and staff. More information on Daily health check can be found on the OSU Safe and Healthy Buckeye website.

If you need are accessing building during COVID-19 for non-teaching/research related purposes, please email John Olesik (, 614-292-6954) 


Dennis Learning Center

Academic Coaching - The Dennis Learning Center offers free one-on-one appointments for Ohio State students. Trained in learning and motivation strategies, Academic Coaches help undergraduate, graduate, and professional students examine academic strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies that lead to success. 

Online Learning Strategies and Skills-The Dennis Learning Center also offer credit-bearing courses (a mixture of full-semester and Session courses; also a mixture of in-person or online) and workshops. Classes are limited in their size (typically 25-30 per section) so as to provide the support students are seeking. Student groups can request a workshop too and these are virtual or pre-recorded. 

Contact Tracing, Isolation, and Quarantine

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed