On-Site and Field-Based Research Activities

This guide advises principal investigators, deans and Research Office employees on their roles in on-site and field-based research activities at OSU in compliance with state and local health authority requirements.

OSU Research Operations During COVID-19

Research, scholarship and innovation activities are vital to the mission of Oregon State University. Although much of this work at OSU is decentralized, the public health crisis required increased levels of collaboration and coordination. This has ensured the continuity and resilience of the OSU research enterprise in the face of these challenges.

The values outlined by the OSU Task Force for Research Continuity and Resilience have provided the foundation to re-engage the university’s research enterprise. For more information about the university’s resumption plans, see OSU’s Safety and Success planning site.

Note that it is the responsibility of principal investigators to ensure that all research activities adhere to standards outlined by:

If research involves human participants, regulated animals, work conducted while boating or diving, or travel, these additional considerations apply:

As of May 26, 2021, OSU has moved its operational risk level to 1 and will discontinue using operational risk level designations in pandemic response planning. Additional approvals on OSU-sponsored travel have now also been lifted.

Given these recent developments, effective the beginning of summer term (June 21), research resumption plans no longer need to be approved by Deans or the Vice President for Research.

Researchers are, nonetheless, expected to continue to adhere to all relevant guidelines, including public health guidance related to COVID-19, even if they no longer need to seek formal approval on their resumption plans. Of note are OSU’s face covering policy, physical distancing policy, along with the requirement to continue to comply with all current OHA guidelines and OSHA guidelines

OSU’s Pathway to Fall will also continue to be updated, and should now serve as the single planning guide for onsite and in-person activity.