Resumption Plan

guided walkthrough of plan

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.

Resumption Plan

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.

Resumption Planning Open Forums

View recordings from the recent virtual open forum sessions for faculty and staff.

Student and Community Open Forums

View recordings from the recent virtual open forum sessions for students and the Corvallis community.


  • Comply with Governor’s Executive Orders and Oregon Health Authority guidelines.
  • Support health and safety of students and employees and communities OSU serves.
  • Launch unified plan for OSU that adapts to varying local conditions.
  • Utilize a phased and monitored strategy to enable on-site work activities to resume over the summer.
  • Plan for multiple scenarios dependent on the status of the virus to resume on-site instruction for fall term.
  • Student-centered. OSU continues to support student progression and success.
  • Comprehensive. Attend to all elements of OSU’s mission as a land grant research university, including Extension and engagement programming.  
  • Shared criteria, flexibility in approach. OSU locations will determine how to reopen within OSU framework plan and local public health guidelines.
  • Local coordination and collaboration. Capacity to resume on-site operations will be based on local circumstances and regional readiness.
  • Follow state authorization to safely return OSU to on-site activity over a series of phased lifting of restrictions.
  • Follow Governor’s Phased Reopening of Oregon rules within all OSU locations.
  • Implement phased strategy for Fall Opening by Sept. 1, 2020 (or earlier, as appropriate).
  • Design for flexibility to adjust to multiple virus scenarios.

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.

  • Sufficient local capacity of personal protective equipment 
  • Declining prevalence of COVID-19
  • Minimum testing thresholds met
  • Expanded contact tracing system
  • Adequate isolation facilities
  • Finalized statewide sector guidelines 
  • Sufficient healthcare capacity

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.   

Comprehensive Public Health Strategy

Outbreak Mitigation

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.



Community-level prevalence testing, increased sanitation protocols, social distancing and public health measures such as face coverings. More Prevention Information.



Diagnostic testing available for every student and staff member suspected to have COVID-19. More Testing Information.



Identify virus transmission within a community by contract tracing. More Tracing Information.



Employees and students with symptoms to self-isolate. More Isolation Information.



Employees and students with close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases to self-quarantine for 14 days. More Containment Information.



Care and support provided to affected students, including medical care, access to food and support in their academic progress. More Care Information.