Dear OSU students,

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.

OSU is prioritizing your health and safety. On-site university activities will resume in phases. We are building the capacity to adjust our phasing to changes in the status of COVID-19 without disrupting your learning significantly.

Everything we do will be in alignment with guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and local health authorities.

Summer Term

  • All courses starting in June (sessions 1, 2, 3, and 6) will be delivered through remote instruction.
  • Starting in July and August (sessions 4 and 5), we are planning for most courses to be delivered on-site and some remote. Full information about summer term course delivery will be available by June 1 in the summer schedule of classes. For more information about summer term at OSU visit this website.

Fall Term

  • We are planning to provide on-site, in-person instruction this fall.
  • Many courses may involve a combination of in-person and remotely delivered components, so we can maintain appropriate physical distancing and provide as much in-person instruction as possible.
  • We have created an option for international students new to OSU to being their course of study online and ease the transition to the university once travel conditions permit.

Campus Life

Some aspects of your campus experience this fall will be different from previous terms as a result of COVID-19. But we are planning for much to be the same:

  • Students will live on campus and be able to meet friends in the dining and student centers on our Corvallis and Bend campuses.
  • Recreation facilities and the craft center on our Corvallis campus will be open, and students in Corvallis and Bend will be able to engage in clubs, organizations and student leadership.
  • You will be engaged in learning and discovery in classrooms, labs, OSU research forests and farms, and on the ocean and nearby waterways.
  • Along the way, you will receive in-person support from faculty, academic advisors and other student affairs advisors and staff.

Public Health Measures

The following are public health measures we will have in place:

  • We will use OSU’s innovative TRACE-COVID-19 project to monitor the prevalence in the university community of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • We will enhance cleaning and sanitation of university facilities.
  • As a caring community, we will prioritize and promote effective personal hygiene, including regular hand-washing.
  • We will provide recommendations regarding the use of face coverings as part of our comprehensive public health strategy.
  • We will practice appropriate physical distancing.
  • We will provide testing in our Student Health Center for students in Corvallis, and work with local health providers for testing in Bend.
  • We will support local health authorities by engaging in contact tracing related to anyone infected by COVID-19 so that they may be isolated and monitored for illness.
  • We will provide support for students who become symptomatic and require self-isolation or quarantine space, if they have been exposed. 

To view our detailed resumption plan, please visit the OSU COVID-19 website to view a PowerPoint presentation and video detailing the plan and check out responses to frequently asked questions. This site also includes a link to information about the federal CARES Act funding that OSU received to help students in need of financial assistance during this difficult time.

As members of Beaver Nation, we will take care of each other and continue to change the world for the better through our study, research and service.

Stay well and see you soon,

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President

May 11, 2020