Dear OSU parents and families,
I am writing to share that we plan in late summer and fall term to gradually resume onsite instruction and in-person activity within OSU’s campuses and facilities for faculty, staff and students.
We believe that taking slow steps towards resuming onsite activity while following state and health authority guidance is critical to supporting student success while serving the university’s land grant mission.
This will require a commitment from each member of our community to embrace OSU’s Comprehensive Public Health Strategy as we continue to address risks presented by the pandemic. Taking steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) is a shared responsibility. This means adhering to OSU measures that are in keeping with national, state, and local health guidelines and requirements.
We will continue to emphasize a Culture of Care approach to respond to – and acknowledge – the many impacts that the pandemic is having on the lives of students, faculty and staff. Many in our community are physically disconnected from their family, friends and support networks and resources. Moreover, COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted those who are most at risk, including those with underlying medical conditions or other risk factors. Due to historic and systemic health disparities, communities of color are facing even greater impacts from the pandemic locally and across the nation.
At times such as these, it is critical that we continue our institutional efforts to create safer, healthier and supportive living, learning and working environments, while individually committing to the respect, care and protection of those around us.
OSU's Resumption Plan (PDF) provides guidance on how OSU onsite and in-person functions and activities will be phased beginning June 14, 2020, once Gov. Kate Brown’s Executive Order regarding the operation of higher education institutions expires. We will continue to update the Resumption Plan throughout the summer, and adjust how and when we resume onsite activities as necessary, incorporating updated guidance from health authorities. In many cases, OSU’s standards may exceed statewide guidelines for colleges and universities.
Information and Reminders as we resume onsite activities:
OSU is planning to resume onsite activity over three phases, with phase one called “Restricted Return.” The subsequent phases are called “Modified Operations” (July 14 to August 31) and “Fall Operations” (beginning Sept. 1). During Restricted Return, the following guidelines apply:
In keeping with OSU’s Culture of Care commitment, we will encourage that all members of the university community see their behaviors and commitment to public health in the context of the greater good. We are in this together. A person’s commitment to follow good public health measures will protect them and others.
We recognize that resuming on-campus learning and engagement will bring some risk, just as will the reopening of the communities in which all of us live and work. We have the tools, knowledge and ability to mitigate risk if we do so together. Collaboration -- as has always been the OSU way.
Coronavirus Response Coordinator
Vice Provost for Student Affairs