We have gotten through this challenging time by looking out for each other and for our community. We continue to follow the latest public health guidance, including getting vaccinated.
We remain optimistic that public health conditions will allow Oregon State University to provide primarily in-person teaching on our campuses and on-site research, engagement, extracurricular programs and activities.
As of June 30, 2021, OSU’s Face Covering Policy and Physical Distancing Policy are terminated and were replaced with a general COVID-19 Safety and Success Policy. This general policy provides guidance on COVID-19 risk reduction requirements and recommendations, including the use of face coverings. The policy also includes provisions regarding positive COVID-19 case notification, isolation and quarantine procedures, and expectations for ongoing participation in contact tracing. This new COVID-19 Safety and Success policy will apply to all OSU settings and activities, including education, research, OSU Extension and outreach. Further, the lifting of building capacity and physical distancing requirements means that building and space utilization can return to full occupancy.
The return process will be gradual and flexible. We know the transition requires patience and compassion, as much as clarity and structure. Pathway to Fall complies with state and local health guidelines and is informed by public health experts from a joint task force from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.
OSU has a community expectation that each of us will take every precaution to increase the level of protection from COVID-19 among our faculty, staff, students and the communities in which we live. This expectation includes being vaccinated. Currently, our primary focus is to promote knowledge, trust and adoption of vaccines, through education and supporting distribution efforts across the state of Oregon.