Resources for a successful spring term

While the student experience looks and feels a bit different, together we can build a safer and healthier learning environment. The resources below will help you strengthen your well-being and make progress toward your academic and personal goals. 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 Oregon State.

Academics and Courses

  • Spring term classes began March 29. Use the Start of Term checklist and other remote learning tools to get organized for the term.
  • Remote learning may call for different or adapted learning strategies, including how to do group work and conduct study groups remotely.
  • The OSU Valley Library is working to make course materials available through course reserves (view list). If you have questions, ask a librarian.
  • Review academic support resources. Talk to an Academic Success Center strategist through live chat if you have questions about what resources are available and how to access them. With remote and blended classes, some faculty are planning exam proctoring options. If your course uses Proctorio, learn more about it from these FAQs
  • The space you study in matters. Check out a list of study spaces available in Corvallis or rework your own study space to be more productive.
  • Student Concerns Form: This form allows you to note specific academic concerns you are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This form will inform you of relevant academic resources. Upon completion, you may receive direct outreach from campus resource professionals.

Technology

Health and Well-Being

We all have a role to play to build a safer and healthier community. Make sure to wear a face covering, maintain 6 feet of distance from others and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms daily (check out the Health Check in the OSU Mobile app). Do not attend any get-togethers with more than six people, whether outside or inside.

Follow these instructions if you have symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever and cough:
  • Isolate: Stay home and keep distance from others in your household.
  • Contact medical provider: Contact your health care provider about your symptoms. As needed, you may be able to schedule a telehealth appointment. Check with your insurance company, or schedule an appointment with Student Health Services at 541-737-9355. Call 911 if you are experiencing a health emergency.

 

  • Report: If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, you are requested to provide confidential notification to Oregon State University.
  • Find resources: Reach out to the COVID-19 Care Ambassador program (beav.es/covid-care) if you test positive for COVID-19 or are informed that you need to quarantine after a recent COVID-19 exposure. Ambassadors will help you plan for housing, meals, coursework, health care services, financial support and more.
  • Participate in contact tracing: Expect to receive a phone call from the Benton County Health Department (or your local health department). Please answer your phone when a contact tracer calls; you must comply with all contact tracing and public health directions.
  • Monitor your symptoms: Monitor your symptoms and follow care instructions from your health care provider — 80% of people infected with COVID-19 recover well in their homes.

Navigating Campus

Support Services and Community

Though finding support and connecting with community looks different than in previous years, Oregon State University is still here for you. We have adjusted our services to support students wherever they are. Check out the links below to find ways to engage with other students and explore a broad range of Oregon State resources, including career, health and financial services.

Communication

  

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

March 29, 2021-June 11, 2021 - Spring Term

The main floor of the Valley Library building is currently open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday for Spring Term by reservations.

ANTICIPATED ACCESS TO LIBRARY SPACES/FLOORS/SERVICES

We are planning for study space on the main floor of the Valley Library to be available by reservation only in spring 2021 from 10am-5pm Monday-Friday. Use Reserve a Seat to request a study space or computer workstation in advance, or library staff will help you make a reservation when you arrive. A Carry Out window is available for walk up without a reservation to pick up materials. We are also planning for the Java II space and the outside tents to be available without reservations during these times.

SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Digital services include Ask a Librarian, research consultations, instruction support and more.
  • Interlibrary loan services remain available, and we will continue to Scan and Deliver services and to mail physical items to users. · Continuous processing of 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 on Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. In-person reference appointment only – Mondays (12-3pm), Tuesdays (1-4pm) Thursdays (11-2pm), and Fridays (12-3pm) – starting April 12 through Friday, June 11. For more details, please visit the SCARC website

GUIN LIBRARY (HMSC) AND OSU-CASCADES LIBRARY

The Guin Library building is currently closed to the public. Holds may be picked up during the library’s doorbell pickup hours: Monday, Wednesday and

Friday from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Guin Library’s virtual hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information about the Guin Library, contact [email protected].

The OSU-Cascades Library hours are dependent on the operation level at the Cascades campus in Bend. For information about the OSU-Cascades Library, check their website, www.osucascades.edu/library or contact [email protected]

Last updated: April 12, 2021

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.

If the form asks for legal documents or government-issued ID, you will need to present those in-person or remotely via a Zoom video appointment. Notarized copies of your documents and current government-issued photo ID can also be mailed to the Office of the Registrar.

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

Last updated: March 16, 2021

Ecampus online courses are typically pre-recorded and accessible at time any of the day. While Ecampus classes may satisfy U.S. student visa requirements during the pandemic, 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: March 15, 2021

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 is fully in-person because you will have forfeited your campus-based scholarship.

Last updated: February 26, 2021

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: February 26, 2021

OSU is not adjusting its tuition rates, and student leaders are not considering an adjusted student fee rate during the 2021 winter or spring terms

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: February 26, 2021

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 COVID-19 Safety & Success 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: February 26, 2021

Start by troubleshooting your home internet using these tips from the OSU IT Service Desk. If you primarily experience issues while on Zoom, try these tips for using Zoom on low bandwidth networks.

Depending on your location, additional internet options may be available including: indoor and outdoor OSU campus Wi-Fi locations, OSU Extension offices around Oregon or the U.S. eduroam network.

Last updated: February 26, 2021

If you, a dependent or a close family member are ill, you should 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 COVID-19 Care Ambassador program (beav.es/covid-care) can help you plan for coursework if you need to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19. 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 beav.es/4qQ or by email at [email protected].

Last updated: February 26, 2021

At this time, non-essential travel out of one’s residential community is discouraged. Students are advised to limit their trips outside of the area where they currently reside to minimize the risk and spread of COVID-19. The State of Oregon has further restrictions.

 

Last updated: February 26, 2021

The Memorial Union, the Valley Library and other locations 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: February 26, 2021

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 currently planned 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. (Of course, all course modalities are subject to change.)

Last updated: February 26, 2021

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 addition, as we resume to on-site learning, some courses may not have a remote delivery option. It is highly recommended that you 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 country of residence, 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: January 27, 2021

The July 24, 2020, federal guidance states that students studying from inside the U.S. 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.

Because there may be changes in how some courses are offered between now and the start of the term, please continue to monitor OSU’s COVID-19 Safety & Success website for updates and check with academic advisors in your program or course instructors directly with questions. While Ecampus classes may be allowed for international student visa requirements, they may not be allowed by certain sponsors, and OSU’s Ecampus schedule of courses is limited both in variety and in class-size capacity. Therefore, unless you are already registered in Ecampus classes, it may be challenging to find a full-time course load with all Ecampus courses.

Last updated: January 27, 2021

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

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

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