Provost Edward Feser offers updates in a message to OSU faculty and staff and a message to students regarding the university’s plans to resume in-person teaching and provide for a gradual and phased resumption of on-site university activities, in keeping with Oregon Health Authority and local health authorities’ guidelines.
The university continues to refine this plan and invites feedback from the university community on how to best achieve the objective of keeping everyone healthy within OSU’s campuses, labs, Extension offices and experiments stations around the state. Please email your comments, advice and questions.
OSU has developed a comprehensive plan to gradually begin resumption of onsite activity. The plan is designed to be nimble and responsive to current community health conditions and guidance from state and local health authorities.
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Local Health authorities and hospitals must certify the requirements below for counties to begin reopening. While resuming onsite university activities is not tied to counties, OSU will align with counties across the state, where appropriate.
OSU’s resumption planning for fall utilizes an approach that allows for reduced numbers of people onsite and a mixture of onsite and remote delivery of services. This is done to maximize OSU community members’ ability to practice physical distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19. All employees, students, and visitors to campus are required to wear a face covering. Onsite employee activity and onsite instruction will occur with physical distancing modifications. The Fall Term planning OSU has in place is aligned with Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) Guidance for the Conduct of In-Person Instructional, Residential, and Research Activities at Oregon Colleges and Universities.
Residence halls will employ a lower density approach in assigning rooms with special considerations for students who are at higher risk, will provide enhanced cleaning, and will engage in ongoing health promotion and education, including prevention practices and symptom monitoring. Dining centers will utilize Oregon Health Authority Guidance for restaurants and for retail stores where relevant in a university setting.
Oregon State University will deploy primary public health controls to prevent and slow the transmission of COVID-19. OSU’s public health measures are multi-pronged and include prevention, testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine protocols, containment measures, and personal and community care.