Information for Earth Sciences Students/Staff/Faculty/Affiliates


Updated on 6/10/2021

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


University updates mask requirements:

Ohio State continues to respond to changes in public health guidance. For fully vaccinated people, masks are no longer required on Ohio State’s campuses except for in Wexner Medical Center facilities and on public transportation. Fully vaccinated individuals are also no longer required to physically distance. Individuals who are not vaccinated are required to continue wearing masks indoors and physically distancing at all times. At the Wexner Medical Center, there are additional safety measures and masking guidance in place. Anyone who feels most comfortable continuing to wear a face mask regardless of their vaccination status is welcome to do so. Read more »

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 

New Fiscal Year 2022 Travel Guidelines.

Effective July 1, 2021, the university will allow business-related travel in line with updated health and safety requirements and our continued focus on fiscal responsibility. Faculty and staff are expected to exercise prudent fiscal management when considering FY22 travel arrangements to determine whether in-person or virtual attendance at any event, program or other circumstance will be most effective. Details are available on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website

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:


Autumn Campus Reactivation

Ohio State’s plans to reinvigorate campus life this fall are taking shape. As vaccination rates continue to increase and other health measures remain effective, the university expects to return to more of a traditional Ohio State experience with engaged classroom learning, thriving student activities and community events that bring the university community together.

Purchasing Business/University meals with university funds:

All purchase for business/university meals needs preapproval from the College. Please send your request to the Administrative Manager via email with the below information.

  • Business purpose
  • Time and date
  • Estimated amount
  • Funding source
  • Name and affiliation of attendees

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