Face Covering

OSU requires faculty, staff, students, contractors, volunteers and visitors across all OSU locations to use face coverings, which include masks, or cloth face coverings, when in enclosed public and common areas on campus and outdoor areas where physical distancing is not easily maintained, unless an exception has been met as described within the policy, or under the interim exception issued June 15, 2021.

Please be familiar with the face covering policy, as well as supplementary guidance. Teaching faculty should also review guidance specifically for instructional environments. When using face coverings provided by OSU, please familiarize yourself with the Care and Limited Use instructions.

Physical Distancing

OSU has a physical distancing policy, which requires OSU employees, students and other members of the OSU community to maintain a distance of six (6) feet between individuals to the greatest extent possible.

As of June 17, 2021, an interim exception to the policy was published to align with the face covering interim exception and Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. 

Please be familiar with this policy, the interim exception, as well as supplementary guidance.

Keeping our community healthy

Oregon State University is taking a comprehensive approach informed by science, public health guidance and community needs to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. This plan includes testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine protocols as well as personal and community care.



Prevalence testing, increased cleaning and public health measures such as frequent hand-washing, physical distancing and face coverings. More Prevention Information.



OSU TRACE testing each week for 1,000 students, faculty and staff in Corvallis, at OSU-Cascades and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Diagnostic testing also available for students in Corvallis and Bend. More Testing Information.



Virus transmission identification within a community through contact tracing. More Tracing Information.



Self-isolation for employees and students with symptoms. More Isolation Information.



Self-quarantine for employees and students in close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases for 14 days. More Containment Information.



Medical services, access to food, support in academic progress and other care for affected students. More Care Information.