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Buck-i-brief - Autumn 2019 Finals and Move-Out Information

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Good morning parents and families! The message below contains information related to Winter Break, Move-Out, Safety and Transportation. If you have any questions, please let us know! Any reminders you can provide to your students regarding this information is welcomed. Thanks and good luck to students on finals.  We wish everyone a safe Winter Break!


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Fall 2019 Finals Information

Finals for the 2019 Fall semester begin today, Friday, December 6 on the Ohio State campus. This can be a busy time for students, so the university has various resources and support available in order to make finals week as stress-free as possible. Below you will find information on Finals Week and Winter Break. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Parent and Family Relations at

Exam Information

If students are unsure about the time of a final, a complete finals' schedule can be found on-line. As professors have some flexibility to change a final’s time, students should always confirm the time of their final with their professor to ensure they arrive at the right location and at the right time.


Studying is essential for students to do well on their finals. Ohio State has many libraries on campus where students can find quiet study time. Many of our libraries have extended study hours available during finals' week and are even open 24 hours, such as the 18th Avenue Library.

Click here for a complete list of Ohio State libraries and library hours. Click here for information on the Younkin Success Center.

Stress Management

As Finals Week can be a very stressful time for students, many resources are available to help students manage stress. Students can find valuable advice from the Student Life Student Wellness Center as well as Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS). CCS also offers many services to assist students with stress or crisis situations.


Winter Break & Move Out Information

Before you know it, finals week, December 6 - 12, will be over and students will be moving out of their residence halls for Winter Break! Students must check out of their residence hall rooms no later than 24 hours after their last exam or by 12/13 at 2 pm. Some important dates to keep in mind for the move-out process are:
December 12 – Autumn Semester dining service ends with dinner
December 13 – Residence Halls close for Autumn Semester at 2 p.m.
December 15 – Residence Halls close at 6 p.m. for graduating students
December 15 – Move-out deadline for students not returning for Spring Semester

January 5, 2020 - Residence Halls reopen at 8 a.m.

Those students not staying in an academic-year building must vacate by this time unless they have signed up online and paid to stay later or signed up for a temporary space in one of the academic-year buildings.

Those students planning to stay for any portion of the winter break who are assigned to an academic year hall listed below, must register online so we can be sure to have your access continue for the break period.  Access will be revoked for all students unless they register.  Emails were sent to student's OSU e-mail accounts on November 25 with instructions and they have until December 11 to register.

  • North - Bowen, Drackett, Houck, Houston, Jones, Lawrence, Mendoza, Norton, Raney, Scott, and Taylor
  • South - Bradley, German House,  Morrison, Neil, Park-Stradley, Paterson, Pennsylvania Place, Residence on 10th, Siebert and Worthington
  • West - Morrill
  • Regional Campuses - ATI (Wooster), Mansfield and Newark
A checklist for December move out is available on the University Housing website. The link also includes information regarding picking up your student for the break which includes information on parking and traffic patterns.


Off-Campus Student Safety Over Break

Over break, off-campus students should be aware of how to keep their residence safe from unwanted visitors, as well as how to enhance energy efficiency while away. Empty properties offer an opportunity for thieves to break in and steal valuables, so students can follow these tips to keep their residences and belongings safe: 

  • Lock all of your doors and windows and keep the blinds closed
  • Utilize window and door alarms as well as light timers
    • Student Life's Off Campus and Commuter Student Services provides students free window/door alarms and free safety timers when living in off campus apartments/houses. You can stop by 3106 Ohio Union with your BUCK ID and request as many safety devices as needed for your rental property (while supplies last)
  • Take valuable items home with you
  • Package theft is a concern, especially around the holidays; be sure to retrieve any packages prior to leaving; you can also submit a “Hold Mail” request through so mail doesn’t accumulate in your mailbox
  • Turn off and unplug any appliances and devices that are not in use (don’t forget holiday lights!), to reduce energy consumption and reduce risk of electrical/fire hazards
  • Keep your thermostat at a minimum of 60 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing
  • Take out all household trash and clean up your yard to deter animals and unwanted people
  • Discuss with your roommate(s) when everyone plans to go home for break so there is no confusion as to who is supposed to lock up the house and complete any tasks
  • If you are leaving your car over break, be sure the doors are locked, windows are closed and valuables are removed
  • If you own a bike, keep it locked in a safe and secure location
  • If you have unwanted clothing, furniture, kitchen, or household items, consider donating them to a local charitable organization


Academic Progress

After your student turns in their last final and leaves campus for Winter Break, they may wonder when their final course grades will be posted. According to the University Registrar, the grade posting deadline for graduating students is Thursday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m., and non-graduating students can expect to see their final grades by Monday, December 16 at 11:59 p.m.. However, professors are able to publish final course grades at any time before these deadlines. There also could be circumstances where these timeframes need to be adjusted for a specific grade or class.  If your student has questions about their final grades or when to expect them, they should contact their professor(s) for more information.

While there is not an online portal for families to access their student's grades for individual classes, we encourage you and your student to have conversations about their academic performance, where you can provide encouragement and resources to address any concerns. As your student prepares for the start of the Spring 2020 semester, there are many resources that can help your student succeed when they return to campus in January, such as the Younkin Success Center (as one example). If your student needs additional support, please feel free let us know.


Transportation to Airport

If your student will need transportation to the John Glenn International Airport, Central Ohio Transit Authority, or COTA, offers a special shuttle to and from John Glenn International Airport for students traveling over break. AirConnect operates along High Street, and offers a ride directly to the airport from the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Service arrives at each stop in 30-minute intervals. More details on the AirConnect schedule and route can be found on COTA's designated AirConnect page. If you have questions, contact COTA at 614-228-1776. The COTA website also has a convenient Trip Planner that can assist you in determining bus routes around the city of Columbus should travel be desired to other locations. COTA is a free service to Ohio State students with BuckID.

Your student may also choose to utilize taxi services to and from the John Glenn International Airport. The approximate fare one way from the Ohio State Columbus Campus is $25-35, with some variations due to wait time, traffic, etc. Numbers of a few area taxi services are below (please note that Ohio State does not vet or endorse any particular cab company):

• American Blue Cab: (614) 333-3333

• Yellow Cab: (614) 444-4444

Columbus is also a city that is serviced by ride sharing like Uber or Lyft if your student wishes to take advantage of those ride sharing applications.

CABS Over Break

Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) also has reductions in hours over winter break. Click here to get updated information on the CABS schedule.


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