We need your help! The Ohio State University Archives is currently collecting information from current Ohio State students regarding their experiences related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These unprecedented times have had an enormous impact on student life at the University, and we want to know how they have affected you.

We would like to hear about your experience of transitioning to a virtual learning environment, where you have called ‘home’ during the shelter-in-place orders, and how you have interacted with your fellow students, friends and family during a time of social distancing.

Please note: this survey will close on June 1, 2020.

How you can help:

If you are currently a student at The Ohio State University, you can fill out our Google survey, found here:


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Here are a few sample questions from our survey:

-How did you learn of the news of the University’s shutdown?

-How has the way you spend your time each day changed since the pandemic?

-What do you miss most about not being on campus this semester?

-Have you been practicing social distancing?

-If you are a senior, how has this affected your plans after graduation?


Frequently Asked Questions: 

Why should I fill out this survey?

By filling out this survey, you will be providing valuable information on your experiences that will provide historically significant information for future researchers.  Your reflections will be important for those in the future who want to know the effect this crisis had on our community.

How will my information be used?

The University Archives may retain your responses for future research, outreach and education, including but not limited to, courses, presentations and exhibits.  The Archives will NOT use your identifying information for these purposes.

Just think, your information could become part of the Ohio State University’s historical record!

Can I remain anonymous?

Yes, you are welcome to answer this survey anonymously, and with as little or as much information as you want to share.

If I provide my contact information, will it remain secure?

Yes, your contact information will not be shared. At the end of the online survey, you will be asked if the University Archives can retain your email address to contact you in the future to participate in an oral history interview, serve on a panel or be contacted by a future researcher.  You can select yes or no.

Who can I contact if I have other questions?

Please reach out to us at: archives@osu.edu with any questions you may have.

Thank you for helping us preserve our history!