Support for a successful fall term

While the student experience will look and feel a bit different, together we can build a safer and healthier learning environment, and you can keep making progress toward your academic and personal goals. Oregon State will offer four types of courses this fall: remote learning, blended learning, in-person and online through Ecampus. Whether you feel safest taking courses online at home or you decide to live and pursue your studies on campus, we are here to support you at OSU.

Your part in a successful fall term
  • It will take all of us working together to contribute to a healthy and safe Beaver Nation. Become familiar with OSU’s safety policies, including definitions, rationale and procedures. Questions about reporting can be directed to the Student Conduct & Community Standards office.
  • Remember that face coverings are required in common indoor spaces and areas outside where social distancing isn’t possible. Oregon State is providing one cloth face covering for each student — view the pick-up locations.
  • Be sure to follow the requirements in the university’s physical distancing policy. If you choose to socialize in person, make sure to only attend get-togethers with 10 people or less.
  • Continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance by maintaining physical distance, washing your hands often and cleaning high-touch surfaces frequently.
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and monitor your own health with daily self-screenings using the COVID-19 Health Check in the OSU Mobile app. Isolate and contact Student Health Services or your medical provider if you observe symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Help create a safer community and learn more about your own wellness by enrolling in TRACE OSU COVID-19 testing. Each week during fall term, up to 1,000 names of students, faculty and staff, who have enrolled to participate in TRACE OSU, will be drawn randomly from a pool of enrollees and invited by e-mail to be tested.
  • Identify study locations that will work for you. This fall, the Valley Library, the Learning Innovation Center (LInC), the Memorial Union and other locations will provide distanced seating and Wi-Fi. Some spaces, including the Valley Library and LInC, are available by reservation only.
  • Contact Student Care if you need help resolving health, safety, technology, financial or accommodation challenges.
How to engage with advisors and faculty
  • Most advising services will be delivered online during the fall term. To learn about different ways to connect with your advisor, visit the Academic Advising website and navigate to the information for your college. 
  • Instructors, teaching assistants and other faculty remain committed to providing access during office hours.
  • Because office locations and environments impact the ability to maintain health and safety practices, you may notice differences in how you meet with faculty for office hours. Take note of whether your instructors can meet in person or remotely and their hours of availability.
  • To prepare for advising and office hours, make sure you are set up to use Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
Communication updates and information
  • Oregon State uses multiple communication methods to update you about policies, available resources and other important information.
  • Be sure to read any emails from the president, provost, vice provosts, dean of students and registrar. You may also access a log of student emails sent by the Office of the Registrar. Try these strategies to manage and organize your email.
  • Class-based communication from instructors may be shared via email and Canvas. Set up your Canvas notifications to make sure you get the information you want as often as you want it.
  • The MyOregonState dashboard also provides personalized information and updates.
  • View the COVID-19 Dashboard if you would like an overview of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases affiliated with the Corvallis campus.
Connecting with community

While events will look different this fall, there are still many ways for you to connect with the Oregon State community. If you aren't sure where to start, visit the OSU Events Calendar or contact Student Experiences & Engagement. Almost all events — and all large-scale events — will be held remotely. Any in-person events will be modified to meet physical distancing and other public health requirements.

Changes to the classroom
  • OSU will offer remote learning, blended learning, in-person and Ecampus classes this fall (view definitions of learning modalities). Students taking remote learning, blended learning or in-person classes should be prepared for required course activities on the days and time their class is scheduled.
  • Students can search for classes by learning modality. Students making changes to their schedule or who have concerns about their schedule for fall should contact their academic advisor as soon as possible.
  • We anticipate that nearly all fall term courses in Corvallis will occur remotely. Courses offered on-site will primarily be those that have a heavy experiential learning component, such as labs and field courses.
  • OSU-Cascades will offer about half of classes remotely and about half of classes in person or blended. All OSU-Cascades courses will have the option of being taken remotely.
  • 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. If a seat has tape over it, do not sit there and do not remove the tape. Please follow any guidance provided by your instructor to increase safety in the classroom and ensure that you keep appropriate physical distance from your classmates and instructor.
  • Students can view teaching guidelines for fall 2020, including an expectation that all instructors must use Canvas for their courses in the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • All in-person instruction on the Corvallis campus will end at Thanksgiving break, and finals will be conducted remotely.
Navigating campus
  • Stay informed about modified services for the Corvallis Transit System and other local transportation options.
  • Face coverings are required in common indoor spaces and areas outside where social distancing isn’t possible. Be sure to maintain 6 feet of distance from others, especially when waiting in line.
  • You may notice signs identifying entrances and exits to buildings and other modifications to common spaces that have been made to help minimize contact. Classrooms with two doors will have a designated entrance and exit to keep people moving in one direction and minimize close contact.
  • Stay to the right when walking in hallways and other open spaces to prevent close contact with other community members.
  • The Memorial Union plans to be open for students throughout the fall term. Students can access printing and scanning equipment, computers, study spaces, music practice rooms and private space to participate in Single Session Clinic appointments (which are currently being offered remotely through Counseling & Psychological Services).
  • Stop by the information desk on the first floor of the MU if you’d like in-person support navigating campus resources.
  • Visit department websites for updates on other service adjustments and Food @ OSU for restaurant hours and locations. If you’re living on campus, visit the University Housing & Dining Services website for information on residence hall environments.
  • View the Buildings Status Dashboard for a regularly updated list of open buildings. 


Still have questions?

View the frequently asked questions below, check out the full list of FAQs, call the COVID-19 hotline at 541-737-7211 or contact the Office of the Dean of Students if you need assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

OSU policy requires the use of face coverings for community members and visitors when in enclosed common areas, enclosed areas when interacting with others or outdoor areas where physical distancing isn’t easily maintained.

Exceptions to this university policy include:

a. Use goes against documented industry best practices for a specific position, or by law or regulation, including the use of standard personal protective equipment (“PPE”) per Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards;

b. When working alone in an enclosed workspace; 

c. When exercising and working outdoors as long as a distance of at least six (6) feet is maintained at all times;

d. When engaging in an activity that makes wearing a face covering not feasible, such as swimming, eating or drinking;

e. When an individual is under the age of five;

f. In situations where face coverings for minors are advised against and not required for participation in youth activities, as per OHA Guidance for School Aged Summertime Day Camps (PDF) or Specific Guidance for Child Care Sector (PDF); or,

g. Where space can be designed to provide for adequate barriers.

Exception requests based on accommodation for a disability may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access for employees, and Disability Access Services for students. 

Violation of university policy can lead to disciplinary action. 

Last updated: September 3, 2020

This fall, the Memorial Union, the Valley Library and other locations plan to provide regularly cleaned spaces for studying with distanced seating, printers and Wi-Fi. The Valley Library is available by reservation only. Visit the student resources dashboard for more detailed information on computer, printing and study resources.

OSU-Cascades students can learn about on-campus study areas at its website.

Last updated: September 3, 2020

Sept. 23-Nov. 25: Fall Term

The university is currently planning for the main floor of the Valley Library building to be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; hours of operation may be extended after the first three to four weeks of the term.

Nov. 26-Jan. 3, 2021: Thanksgiving Break through Winter Break

The Valley Library will be closed.


We are planning to adopt a phased approach to opening spaces and floors to Valley Library users; our spaces are planned to be available for access by reservation only. More details about making reservations are forthcoming. The plan is that when the building reopens in September only the main or second floor will be accessible. Library personnel will assess the usage of space to determine when additional floors (levels 3-6) can prudently be reopened, depending on health guidance. 


  • Digital services including Ask a Librarian, research consultations, instruction support, and more will continue throughout fall term.
  • Interlibrary loan services are anticipated to remain available, and we will continue to offer Scan and Deliver services, and to mail physical items to users. Summit services may resume at a later date.
  • We plan to process purchase requests for course materials and other resources. 
  • Staff of the Library’s Special Collections and Archives Research Center are available to consult via virtual reference by appointment only (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm).  We anticipate that staff will be available for in-person reference by appointment only for fall term.  For more details, please visit the SCARC website.


Access to the Guin Library building at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and to the OSU-Cascades Library in Bend are dependent on the operation levels at their respective sites. For more information about the Guin Library, contact  [email protected]. For information about the OSU-Cascades Library, contact [email protected].

Last updated: September 3, 2020

No. Sections offered remotely will have remote exams. Please contact the department or instructor for details.

Last updated: August 25, 2020

Due to the unprecedented circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, OSU has made available greater exceptions to the First-Year Experience Live-On Requirement for first-year students for fall term 2020, including for students choosing to live with family at their address of origin.

Please see the Office of Student Life website for updates to the First Year Experience live-on requirement.

To learn about policies for OSU-Cascades, visit its website

Last updated: August 21, 2020

Courses will not move from Corvallis campus to Ecampus, but the method of delivery may change (to remote).  Corvallis campus students may enroll in Ecampus courses, however, without changing their campus.  This would impact their overall cost because of the difference in per-credit costs.  However, if a student changes their campus to Ecampus (all courses taught via Ecampus), they will lose any scholarships awarded to them as new incoming Corvallis or Cascades campus students.  This would result in paying more in the long term for many students. Keep in mind remote learning and Ecampus are not the same.

  • Remote instruction features synchronous classes held at the same time as would occur in person. Faculty provide instruction and labs with remote conferencing.
  • Online learning via Ecampus is asynchronous. Students can engage Ecampus learning at any time, day or night. Ecampus does not feature   faculty providing instruction with remote conferencing tools.
Last updated: August 17, 2020

OSU’s cost of attendance is the same for students who live on campus and off campus.  This choice will not impact incoming admissions scholarships.

OSU-Cascades in Bend awards a scholarship specifically for residence hall costs. This would be the only scholarship impacted by choosing to live off campus.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

Yes, students may enroll via Ecampus then switch their “campus” to Corvallis or OSU-Cascades in the future.  However, students who change their campus to Ecampus are not allowed to receive institutional scholarships awarded to them as new incoming Corvallis- or Cascades-based students.  So, while you might choose to enroll via Ecampus to save some money this term, it would not benefit you long term if you wish to enroll on campus when it opens fully because you will have forfeited your campus-based scholarship.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

The program is open to all undergraduate students pursuing their bachelor's degree. International students may also be in the DPP program with Linn-Benton Community College and/or Portland Community College but are required to work with their international advisors. Post-baccalaureate students may also participate in the program but must first be admitted to OSU.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

As long as the student does not change their primary OSU program to Ecampus, they can enroll in Ecampus courses and remain eligible for OSU centrally awarded scholarships such as the Evergreen Scholarship.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

It is always a good idea to communicate your intentions to the institution you will be attending.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

Students may enroll in Ecampus courses regardless of the campus where they are officially enrolled.  However, students that change their campus to Ecampus are not allowed to receive institutional scholarships awarded to them as Corvallis- or Cascades-based students.  So, while you might choose to enroll via Ecampus to save some money this term, it would not benefit you long term if you wish to enroll on campus when it opens fully because you will have forfeited your campus-based scholarship.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

The details of your specific situation are going to impact the answer to this question.  Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 541-737-2241.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

OSU is not adjusting its tuition rates, but is currently working with student leaders to evaluate possible adjustment to incidental student fees. Keep in mind that remote courses and Ecampus courses are not the same, including the per-credit cost.

  • Remote instruction features synchronous classes held at the same time as would occur in person. Faculty provide instruction and labs with remote conferencing.
  • Online learning via Ecampus is asynchronous. Students can engage Ecampus learning at any time, day or night. Ecampus does not feature faculty providing instruction with remote conferencing tools.

Corvallis campus students may take courses specifically offered through Ecampus at Ecampus rates without switching their campus. Additionally, in-state tuition is subsidized via taxes paid by Oregon residents via the legislature. Thus, out-of-state students are not eligible for this subsidy.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

Yes, both new and current students may change their campus, but the instructions are different:

Instructions for current students

Form for new, incoming students

Last updated: August 17, 2020

All scholarships and financial aid are applied to the student’s OSU billing account at the beginning of each term and will first cover all the charges on their billing account. If the amount of their aid exceeds the amount of their bill, they will receive the excess via a refund check, which they can then use for other education-related expenses (books, rent, transportation, etc.). We encourage students to set up direct deposit if they believe they will receive a refund as it is much easier and faster than a mailed check. See Information on setting up direct deposit.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

We expect less than 10% of our new incoming students will defer based on current rates of deferral requests.  Most students are indicating that they intend to get started and not lose time progressing toward their degree.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

When you look at the Schedule of Classes, you can search for the courses you need. After you click on a section, the “Meeting Info” will either list the room location for the section or the fact that it is being offered via Remote Learning or Blended Learning. This will display only for those remote learning courses associated with a physical campus.

Last updated: August 11, 2020

The July 24, 2020, federal guidance states that students studying from inside the U.S. for the fall 2020 school term will be able to continue studying from within the U.S. if a university changes its mode of instruction to fully online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are required to continue meeting their full-time enrollment requirements or have an approved alternate enrollment, reduced course load or vacation term approval, and have no other violations of status.

Last updated: July 31, 2020

Students who travel home from campus on a weekend and come back should be mindful of all health guidelines put out by the Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including staying away from others as much as possible and closely monitoring their health for 14 days. If COVID-19 symptoms emerge, contact Student Health Services.

While traveling:

  • Wash hands often.
    • Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before touching their face or eating.
    • If soap and water are not available, bring and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of hands and rub hands together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
    • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service or stores.


Last updated: July 30, 2020

Currently OSU plans to offer a combination of in-person, remote and online courses. Students and faculty should be prepared to participate in remote delivery of teaching for fall 2020.

For students, there are online and telephone resources readily available to help navigate all aspects of online learning, including Zoom, on the Keep Learning website.

Faculty should be ready to use Canvas, our learning management system, as well as Zoom, OSU’s web-conference tool. If you need assistance, please contact the Community Network Service Desk at 541-737-8787 or visit this support website. You can also check out the Keep Teaching website for more tools and resources.

Last updated: July 22, 2020

Teaching faculty and students can visit the Teaching and Learning with Zoom page or OSU’s Zoom help videos. Employees utilizing Zoom for general work purposes can see OSU's Zoom website for more help and information.

Last updated: July 22, 2020

Remote teaching delivery is when a faculty member facilitates the delivery of their in-person course instruction from a different location by using tools such as Canvas and Zoom. There are online and telephone resources readily available to help students navigate all aspect of online delivery, including Zoom, on the Keep Learning website. Remote teaching delivery is not the same as offering a course online through Ecampus. The remote facilitation may occur at regularly scheduled Pacific Time (PT) just as if the class was being taught in a regular classroom.

Last updated: May 14, 2020

Ecampus online courses are typically pre-recorded and accessible at time any of the day. While Ecampus classes may be allowed for immigration purposes the Ecampus schedule of courses is limited both in variety and in class-size capacity. Therefore, unless you are already enrolled in Ecampus classes, it may be challenging to find a full-time course load of all Ecampus courses.

Last updated: May 14, 2020

You may be able to register for and take remotely delivered courses or Ecampus online courses from outside of the U.S. However, some courses may be delivered in person in later summer sessions and fall 2020. In addition, as we resume to on-site learning, some courses may not have a remote delivery option. It is highly recommended that you please continue to monitor OSU’s resumption planning website for updates and check with course instructors and academic advisors directly with questions. Please also consider that the OSU Ecampus schedule of courses is limited both in variety and in class-size capacity. In addition, access to Ecampus online courses or remote delivery of courses may vary depending on global time differences, U.S. export control laws, local laws and restrictions in the student’s home country, access to reliable internet and a reliable computer. Instructors will deliver courses remotely at their scheduled Pacific Time (PT). Be sure that you will have access to Canvas, Zoom, VPN and other software supported by OSU.

Last updated: May 14, 2020

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies, such as COVID-19. This includes allowing students to continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance or subsistence payments for on-campus courses that have been converted to remote teaching. 

Last updated: May 10, 2020

The Office of the Registrar does not accept digital/electronic signatures. We are temporarily loosening our requirement for wet ink signatures. In lieu of wet ink signatures, current students can submit forms from their OSU email account to [email protected]. Forms requiring an advisor’s signature should be sent from the student’s OSU email account to the advisor’s OSU email account. Approved forms can be sent from the advisor’s OSU email account to the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar will work to obtain additional required signatures as needed.

For Change of Grading Basis forms, please see instructions here.

Last updated: April 28, 2020

If you, a dependent or a close family member are ill, the university recommendation is to self-isolate and call your health care provider, Student Health Services or an emergency medical care provider. Please email your instructor as soon as you anticipate that illness will prevent you from attending to a requirement or meeting a deadline. The Office of the Dean of Students can also assist you if you are navigating a range of extenuating life circumstances, including but not limited to prolonged illness, hospitalization, financial concerns, etc. They can be reached via Zoom chat or audio Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at or by email at [email protected].

Last updated: April 9, 2020

Look through your Canvas site for any resources or alternatives the instructor has made available. If you are unable to find any, communicate with your instructor and explain the situation. The instructor may be able to provide alternative options for completing the activity if they know the challenge you’re experiencing. If you are unable to resolve the situation with your instructor and would like additional support navigating next steps, contact the Office of Student Advocacy. If you do not have access to a computer or other equipment that you need to complete the activity, connect with the HSRC to fill out the single support form. If you do not have access to software or need technical support, contact the Service Desk

Last updated: April 8, 2020

If you’ve been asked to complete and submit work or paperwork that would generally be printed and completed by hand, consider taking a picture of the document and submitting that. If this is not possible in your situation, consult with the instructor or the person requesting the document and ask for ideas or alternatives. If you need help creating or editing a digital document or have run out of ideas, the Service Desk can help you.

Last updated: April 8, 2020

If you are having problems with your internet connection, there are a few things to keep in mind. Ensure that VPN is not active during your session; this can have a serious impact on performance. You may wish to limit other devices, applications and users accessing your internet connection simultaneously; streaming lectures and online meetings require about 2.0Mb/sec to operate well. You may wish to test your internet speed and ensure that the issues are not related to your personal internet connection. If you are unable to resolve your home connection issues, you may wish to explore other connection options. As a final idea, many computer labs and our campus wifi are still open and available on campus and can be thoughtfully used in a way that honors social distancing.

Last updated: March 23, 2020