Dear OSU faculty and staff,
I am writing to update you on the university’s plan to resume in-person teaching during the last few weeks of summer and the fall term.
Our plan prioritizes the health and wellness of everyone at OSU and in the communities in which we operate. We anticipate a gradual and phased resumption of on-site university activities, including undergraduate and graduate education, research, and Extension and outreach activities throughout Oregon. Our planning builds our capacity to adjust our local activities to changes in the status of COVID-19.
The precise timing of various phases in our plan will depend on the status of COVID-19 in our state and in the many communities in which OSU operates. Everything we do will be in alignment with Oregon Health Authority and local health authorities’ guidance.
Resuming on-site teaching, research and outreach activities gradually will require much work, collaboration and patience. However, if all of us follow the university’s framework and operational guidance, we will avoid confusion and duplication of effort.
Here is an overview of our planning:
The following are public health measures we will have in place:
For more details on OSU’s resumption plan, please visit the OSU COVID-19 website to view a PowerPoint presentation and video. We continue to refine the plan and I invite feedback from the university community on how we can best achieve our objective of keeping everyone healthy as we return to our campuses, labs, Extension offices and experiments stations around the state. There is link on the COVID-19 resumption website to submit comments, advice and questions.
This site also includes a link to information about the Beavers Care Initiative that is providing faculty and staff assistance for those impacted negatively by the pandemic and to Beavers Care and federal CARES Act assistance for students in need of financial assistance during this difficult time.
Working together, we will find our way through this crisis while continuing to change the world for the better through our teaching, scholarship and service.
Provost and Executive Vice President