Beaver Nation’s path
for safety and success
As we prepare to welcome students, faculty and staff back to Oregon State campuses and locations across the state, we have developed a comprehensive plan (PDF) to gradually resume on-site teaching, research and service activities in a flexible manner that strives to limit the spread of COVID-19 and contribute to a healthy campus. We have made changes so that all members of Beaver Nation can be successful this fall. Our operations will look and feel a bit different, including in-person, remote and online class formats. But together we can build a safer and healthy on-campus experience, allowing students to keep making progress toward their academic and personal goals.
The university works with local communities and public health systems to respond to the risk and spread of COVID-19 at all of its locations throughout Oregon. See the response levels below and a guide to operation details and risk levels (PDF). Watch an overview of the condition levels tool.
Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses
are currently at level 2
OSU’s onsite operations at a given location vary depending on condition level
View a full list of extension locations for localized operating levels.
Oregon State plans to use a combination of in-person, remote and Ecampus online instruction for fall term. As currently planned, many students will have some in-person classes, unless they choose a fully remote/online schedule. Classes with 50 students or more will be taught remotely with minor exceptions and and all in-person classes will be taught in large rooms or broken into smaller sections to ensure students and instructors have space for physical distancing. How labs are offered will depend on several factors, and many will be remote. Some labs may be offered online, while others may be in person. Labs that cannot be taught with physical distancing will be remote.
The remote class format will be similar to spring term, applying lessons learned to help improve the student experience. Classrooms are being made Zoom-ready. All in-person instruction will end at Thanksgiving break for Corvallis students, and finals will be conducted remotely.
We all play a role in contributing to a safer Beaver Nation. Face coverings are now required in common indoor spaces and areas outside where social distancing isn’t possible. Physical spaces are being reconfigured to give students, faculty and staff more room to branch out and maintain social distancing. Cleaning stations will be available in classroom buildings so students can wipe down their spaces upon entry. Classrooms will be deep cleaned each evening.
Smaller class sizes, reduced room capacities, new signage and directional arrows will help minimize close contact in classrooms, lecture halls, labs, residence halls, dining centers, coffee shops, the Memorial Union, the Valley Library, Dixon Recreation Center and other common areas. Please, take care of yourself and help all of us by doing your part to maintain the health of our community.
Oregon State University is taking a comprehensive approach informed by science, public health guidance and community needs to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. This plan includes testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine protocols as well as personal and community care.
Prevalence testing, increased cleaning and public health measures such as frequent hand-washing, physical distancing and face coverings. More Prevention Information.
Diagnostic testing for every student and staff member suspected to have COVID-19. More Testing Information.
Virus transmission identification within a community through contact tracing. More Tracing Information.
Self-isolation for employees and students with symptoms. More Isolation Information.
Self-quarantine for employees and students in close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases for 14 days. More Containment Information.
Medical services, access to food, support in academic progress and other care for affected students. More Care Information.