Resumption Plan

guided walkthrough of plan

Provost’s Update to Faculty, Staff and Students

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 send your comments, advice and questions to

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Resumption Plan Open Forums

View recordings from the recent virtual open forum sessions.

  • 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 these requirements for OSU to begin resuming localized onsite activities.

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


  • Phase 1:  Initiate partial reopening. 
  • Phase 2:  After successful initial partial reopening, gradually increase onsite activity.
  • Phase 3:  Greater lifting of restrictions due to reliable treatment or prevention.


  • Prerequisites to enter Phase 1.
  • Checkpoint after initiation of each phase.
  • If virus spread is managed, continue to next phase.
  • Passing checkpoint to be determined by county and state health authorities.

Cooling off period - if required

  • Return to more remote strategies and virus control measures.
  • Cooling-off periods decided in conjunction with county health officials.
  • Cooling-off periods may be employed throughout pandemic.

Desired state

  • Best-case scenario: fall on-site operations and program delivery.


  • Program adjustments based on current pandemic conditions.

What would occur on-site

  • Employees working (with physical distancing modifications).
  • Hybrid instruction.
  • Classes with physical distancing.
  • Research, fieldwork and internships.
  • Full residence hall and dining center operations (with modifications).
  • Extension programming (with modifications).
  • Campus student services and center operations.
  • Activities and events (with modifications).
  • Athletic team practices and competition (Pending authorization). 

What would be remote

  • Remote student services available (for remote learning students).
  • Remote technology used to reduce classroom density.


  • Medically vulnerable employees remain working remotely.
  • Potential reduced capacity in residence halls.
  • Limited in-person activity for community programs.
  • Other modifications TBD.

Outbreak Mitigation Strategies

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.