Updated March 14, 2022
Masks are welcome but no longer required at OSU. Those at higher risk should continue to wear masks. On March 12, 2022, the Oregon Health Authority lifted the statewide indoor mask mandate. Masks are still required in health care settings and public transportation. See below for more information.
OSU provides free KN95 or N95 masks for members of our university community in Corvallis, Bend and across the state.
Employees: Departments and units can request bulk amounts of these masks at OSU Surplus Property.
Corvallis Students & Employees: May pick up a mask at the following locations during regular hours:
Bend Students & Employees: May pick up a mask at the following locations during regular hours:
As of March 12, 2022, the following OSU locations require masks:
As OSU has done throughout the pandemic, we plan to remain aligned with OHA and guidance provided by local public health authorities. This stance is consistent with our practice throughout the pandemic. Ongoing mask use is welcomed and encouraged for some individuals. As always, we will continue to evaluate future masking needs in consultation with local health authorities.
Principles & Rationale:
OSU continues to abide by state and local laws and be responsive to current public health conditions and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and local county requirements.
Face coverings are defined as an item affixed to the face to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including cloth garments that cover the nose and mouth and medical-grade disposable masks. This definition and policy exclude face coverings that incorporate a valve to facilitate easy exhalation, mesh masks, lace masks, face shields or other coverings with openings, holes, or visible gaps in the design, material or vents.
Per OHA Rule 333-019-1025, individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask or face covering when in an indoor space unless the individual:
(a) Is under five years of age; unless an individual is using public transportation or in transportation hubs in which case an individual under two years of age is not required to wear a mask or face covering.
(b) Is sleeping.
(c) Is actively eating or drinking.
(d) Is engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask or face covering not feasible, such as when actively swimming.
(e) Is in a private individual workspace.
(f) Must remove the mask or face covering briefly because the individual’s identity needs to be confirmed by visual comparison, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement.
(g) Is practicing or playing a competitive sport at any level.
(h) Is performing, including but not limited to playing music, delivering a speech to an audience, and theater.
Per the State of Oregon’s indoor face covering and mask mandate, a face covering is not required when teaching a class, when all of the following conditions are met:
Under OSU’s COVID19 Safety and Success Policy and in alignment with OHA definitions, indoor spaces means anywhere indoors, including but not limited to public and private workplaces, businesses, indoor areas open to the public, building lobbies, common or shared spaces, classrooms, elevators, bathrooms, transportation services and other indoor space where people may gather for any purpose. Examples:
Indoor spaces do not include private individual workspaces used for work by one individual at a time, defined as, an indoor space within a public or private workplace used for work by one individual at a time that is enclosed on all sides with walls from floor to ceiling and with a closed door.
Common or shared spaces that have been designated as such in the COVID-19 Safety & Success policy (i.e., classrooms, dining centers, recreation centers, conference and event centers, front desks serving the public) require face coverings and questions about exceptions or changes to that policy should be directed to the COVID response coordinator.