The Oregon State University Pledge: Stay on track to graduate

We are here for you — and doing all we can to make sure you graduate.

If you were on track to graduate and your graduation is impeded by Oregon State’s COVID-19 response, you will receive academic support to complete your degree requirements or a scholarship to cover tuition for remaining credits in the subsequent term.

Pledge requests for those graduate students delayed for spring term 2020 graduation were due May 22. The graduate student application for summer term pledge requests will open in summer term. Undergraduate students do not need to submit a request.

Most students who are preparing to graduate this spring will be able to fulfill all remaining degree requirements by completing spring term classes and other requirements remotely. For students who cannot meet those requirements, we have a solution.

To learn about how we are supporting your needs, please click on the appropriate listing below:

If you were on track to graduate spring term, but your expected completion was impacted by Oregon State’s COVID-9 response, you may be a candidate for the OSU pledge. You may be eligible to receive OSU Pledge support for the following reasons: canceled courses, lab closed, data collection impeded by travel restrictions or similar measures enacted by OSU.

The Graduate School has implemented a number of policy exceptions designed to increase flexibility for students and their major professors, as detailed on the Graduate School’s coronavirus page.

To request additional support through the OSU pledge, ask your advisor to send an email to graduate.school@oregonstate.edu, with (a) your name and OSU ID; (b) explanation as to how you were impacted by OSU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic; (c) evidence that you were on track to complete in spring term; and (d) description of any ways in which the advisor or the college attempted to resolve the situation (e.g., if it’s a canceled course, why there were no substitutes; if the lab was closed, why the dean declined to allow for modified lab use with appropriate distancing.)

There are many other COVID-19-related difficulties that may influence degree progress. We are doing our best to help students address these situations. For example:

  • If your degree progress is delayed for any COVID-19-related reason beyond OSU’s control (e.g., children at home), and graduation is expected in some future term, we have created a special COVID-19 leave of absence that does not count toward a student’s time to degree (consult with OIS if you are an international student).
  • University resources to address a variety of needs (see main OSU coronavirus page).
  • Other Graduate School resources such as Ecampus hardship funds (for Ecampus students) and competitive thesis or dissertation completion awards for a student’s final term (see Graduate School Award page; funds limited).

If you are a GRA or GTA and incurred expenses necessary to be able to work from home, consult your employing unit or supervisor. CARES Act funds may apply.

The Office of the Registrar, your college and academic advisors are in the process of determining if your expected graduation may be impacted by OSU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You do not have to do anything at this point.

Here are the steps that we have already taken:

  • For students eligible to graduate in June, we reviewed your spring course schedule as of Friday March 27.
  • We have compared each student’s schedule with spring term courses that have been canceled or cannot meet academic requirements due to the university’s COVID-19 response.
  • We have sent lists of impacted students (and the problematic courses) to their academic advisors for review. This review is currently in process.

After the review is complete, we will contact you via your Oregon State email to discuss next steps if you are affected by problematic courses. You can expect to hear from your advisor or the Office of the Registrar by April 13, 2020.  Please note: You will only receive this particular notice if your expected spring 2020 graduation is impacted.

If you believe your spring 2020 graduation may be impacted

If you have questions about the process described above, or if you believe that you may be impacted by OSU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that may not be as straightforward as that described above, please complete this form, and we will direct your question or concern to the appropriate person.

Remember that you can always check your academic progress in MyDegrees, and you are always welcome to contact your advisor with questions.