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The OSU Experience

This isn't business as usual. As we keep learning in response to COVID-19, we are making our student support programs available remotely wherever possible.

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We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has created financial uncertainty for many of our students. Oregon State University is here to help you learn about federal and local resources that provide financial support.

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms, stay home; avoid close contact with others; and contact your health care provider, Student Health Services, or an emergency medical care provider.

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As of March 16, based on CDC guidelines and Gov. Kate Brown’s directive, OSU is prohibiting all university-sponsored or university-sanctioned events of 25 people or more. This rule will remain in place until further notice.

Meanwhile, OSU encourages organizers to postpone all events of 25 people or fewer, or at least hold them in a location that allows for maximum social distancing, such as a space that has a capacity of twice the number of people expected to attend.

Last updated: March 31, 2020

Until further notice, every laboratory should transition to minimal operations. This level of operation should require only infrequent and short-term visits by critical personnel. Critical activities would be those that maintain the continued viability of large and complex projects, as well as unique specimens and collections; plants and animals or cultures; highly specialized analytical, manufacturing; computing facilities; and field-based facilities and laboratories. Researchers should consult with their department heads, deans or the vice president for research, as appropriate, to discuss research facilities that support essential research and to determine how best to transition labs and facilities.

Last updated: March 31, 2020

Oregon State University will remain vigilant in monitoring COVID-19 developments. Students are still expected to meet remote attendance standards outlined by their instructors. Any decisions about modifying teaching arrangements, class schedules or attendance expectations will be made in alignment with national and local health authority guidance.

Last updated: March 19, 2020

Given the extenuating circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, for residents who elect to move out and not live with UHDS for spring term 2020, UHDS is choosing not to enforce many of its cancellation policies listed in the housing contract and UHDS Policy Guide. For residents who have a housing contract that includes spring term 2020 but wish to move out because of COVID-19, UHDS will not charge any improper checkout fees or extended occupancy fees, where appropriate. UHDS will also not charge any spring term 2020 cancellation fees for residents who cancel their contract early and complete UHDS’s cancellation request via the MyUHDS portal.

For residents who cancel their contract for spring term 2020 because of COVID-19, unused dining dollars will still be rolled over for the next academic year. Any unused spring term dining plan amount will be credited back; only dining dollars that are used during spring term will be charged.

Steps for a student who is cancelling for spring term, but can’t come back to get their items until after the term has begun:

  • Student should fill out their cancellation request via MyUHDS if they have not already done so.
  • Student should come to campus to retrieve their items when they are able to do so. Student removes all belongings and returns their room key to the Service Center. If the Service Center is closed, then key is returned to the Residence Hall on Duty Staff.
  • After a student comes to move their items out, as long as they have not accessed the building at other times during spring term, UHDS will credit back their spring term room and dining charges.
  • Student must come back to get their items before spring term ends on June 12.

Steps for a student who comes back to OSU, starts occupancy for the term and cancels later during spring term:

  • Student should fill out their cancellation request via MyUHDS if they have not already done so.
  • Student moves items out and returns their room key to the Service Center. If the Service Center is closed, then key is returned to the Residence Hall on Duty Staff.
  • Student will be charged for the days they lived on campus and were accessing their building. The daily rate is determined by dividing the student's room rate for the term by the number of billable days in spring term. For spring 2020, the number of billable days in spring term is 76.
  • The spring term dining plan will be credited back after cancellation. Only the amount that was spent during spring term will be charged.
Last updated: March 26, 2020

OSU faculty and graduate teaching assistants are being asked to review how to deliver all courses remotely using Canvas, our learning management system, as well as Zoom, OSU’s web-conference tool. These tools are already available to all students and can be accessed from the Keep Learning web page.

If you need help to access these tools, please contact the Service Desk at 541-737-8787 or visit the support website.

Last updated: March 18, 2020

Prepare to use Canvas, our learning management system, as well as Zoom, OSU’s web-conference tool. These tools are already available to all students and you likely have experience with them from previous classes. If you need assistance, please contact the Community Network Service Desk at 541-737-8787 or visit this support website. You can also check out the student tips for Zoom.

Last updated: March 20, 2020

Due to the unprecedented circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, enforcement of the First-Year Experience Live-On Requirement for first-year students not otherwise eligible for an exemption will be suspended for spring term 2020.

Enforcement of this requirement will resume for incoming fall 2020 students unless otherwise communicated.

Last updated: March 18, 2020

Students wanting to move rooms due to concerns related to the virus can use our Virus Response Room Change Request. The request will be available on MyUHDS from Friday, March 13, 2020 at 3 p.m. until April 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. All student requests will be reviewed within 48 business hours and students will be assigned to a new space, as space is available.

Last updated: March 18, 2020

While we encourage our students to return for spring term, we want each student to make the best decision for them. A student interested in learning more about the cancellation process can sign in to their MyUHDS account.

Last updated: March 18, 2020

Oregon State University is proud of our graduates and we look forward to honoring and celebrating their achievements. We are in the process of evaluating how best to do this in light of the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation. An announcement with specific plans will be distributed at the very earliest opportunity.

Last updated: March 20, 2020

A full list of all UHDS precautionary measures can be found on the UHDS website.

UHDS restaurants are now serving all meals in single-use take-out containers so that guests may take their food to go and eat in the location of their choosing.

Last updated: March 18, 2020

Social distancing should be considered a shared responsibility. We continue to encourage our students and staff to maintain a six foot distance from others, including friends, coworkers and classmates.

For residents, this includes keeping a safe distance when studying or spending time in a residence hall lounge.

UHDS staff is doing its part by reducing furniture in hall lounges. Social programs and activities are being restructured to be accessible remotely or for smaller groups.

When requested by students, UHDS is working to move students into fully open rooms to create more social distance between students, while keeping their current room rate.

Last updated: March 26, 2020

If you do not have a computer available to you, faculty and graduate teaching assistants should contact their local IT support team or contact the Service Desk (541-737-8787). Students should contact the Service Desk (541-737-8787).

Last updated: March 18, 2020

You may be able to register for and take remotely delivered courses or Ecampus online courses from outside of the US. However, please consider that the OSU Spring 2020 Ecampus schedule of courses is limited both in variety and in class-size capacity. In addition, access to Ecampus online courses or remote delivery of courses may vary depending on global time differences, US export control laws, local laws and restrictions in the student’s home country, access to reliable internet and a reliable computer. Instructors will deliver courses remotely at their scheduled Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Be sure that you will have access to Canvas, Zoom, VPN and other software supported by OSU.

Last updated: March 25, 2020

If someone living in one of our halls is diagnosed with this virus, OSU and UHDS will work closely with Benton County Health on our response protocol. UHDS has identified spaces that can be set aside for students to move into should the need for self-isolation arise.  Any health information that impacts the larger community will be communicated broadly and appropriately.

Last updated: March 18, 2020

Yes, University Housing & Dining Services residence halls and dining locations will remain open during finals week, spring break and spring term, even while the campus is utilizing modified remote teaching and social distancing in response to COVID-19.

All campus residents must sign up for  break housing via MyUHDS. The application to stay over spring break closes at 5:00 p.m. Fri., March 20, 2020.

Dining locations will be open during spring break. Students are advised to check Food@OSU for updated hours and locations. In addition, student meal plans will reload for spring term on Mon., March 23.

Last updated: March 26, 2020

Following the governor’s executive order on March 23, 2020, and President Ray’s subsequent message urging the OSU community to stay home, we ask on-campus residents – who already have left campus – to strongly consider staying in their home communities while taking remote OSU spring term classes. For those residents who determine that staying in their residence hall is the best option for them, we will continue to remain open and provide safe housing and dining services.

Last updated: March 26, 2020

Due to the unprecedented circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, enforcement of the First-Year Experience Live-On Requirement for first-year students not otherwise eligible for an exemption will be suspended for spring term 2020.

Enforcement of this requirement will resume for incoming fall 2020 students unless otherwise communicated.

Last updated: March 26, 2020

OSU Cares for the Health and Well-being of all OSU students

The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is impacting people all over the world. We know it is hard to be away from home during this time.

If you are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns for family members in China, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 541-737-2131 to speak with someone.

You can contact Pei-Chun Hou at peichu.hou@oregonstate.edu  to connect with a counselor who speaks Mandarin Chinese.

If you have any questions about how to keep yourself healthy, and how best to support the health of students around you, please contact Student Health Services Nurse Advice line at: 541-737-2724

We are here to help.

Last updated: March 15, 2020

If you are having problems with your internet connection, there are a few things to keep in mind. Ensure that VPN is not active during your session; this can have a serious impact on performance. You may wish to limit other devices, applications and users accessing your internet connection simultaneously; streaming lectures and online meetings require about 2.0Mb/sec to operate well. You may wish to test your internet speed and ensure that the issues are not related to your personal internet connection. If you are unable to resolve your home connection issues, you may wish to explore other connection options. As a final idea, many computer labs and our campus wifi are still open and available on campus and can be thoughtfully used in a way that honors social distancing.

Last updated: March 23, 2020

Please talk to your Resident Director and access the Virus Response Room Change process to move rooms. You can also contact the hall staff member on duty on your hall’s duty phone.

Last updated: March 18, 2020

Please visit the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life website for communication that has been shared with fraternity/sorority leadership and review answers to frequently asked questions. To connect to a staff member, email cfsl@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-5432 and leave a voicemail. Phone calls will be returned within one business day.

Last updated: March 24, 2020

Please contact our office by emailing housing@oregonstate.edu so we can discuss your options to get your personal items and cancel your contract.

UHDS is working to identify a third party contractor that complies with OSU contract requirements that we can connect students with to manage the packing, removal, shipping, and potential storage for items left behind in rooms. Students would contract with this to-be-determined entity, pay for the services, and assume any and all liability around this process.

Steps for a student who is unable to return to Corvallis to retrieve their belongings:

  • Student should fill out their cancellation request via MyUHDS if they have not already done so.
  • Student should fill out the online shipping request form.
  • If student has not accessed the building during spring term, UHDS will credit back their spring term room and dining charges after the survey has been completed and the cancellation request is submitted.
  • Student should mail their key back to UHDS at this address:

    Kathryn Magura
    University Housing & Dining Services
    Oregon State University
    957 SW Jefferson Ave.
    Corvallis, OR  97333

Student must work with UHDS and the selected OSU third-party moving contractor to have items shipped or stored off-campus at the student’s expense.

Last updated: March 26, 2020

Every individual’s situation is different. We understand your concern about the current situation, which is very fluid and dynamic. It is important to understand the impact taking time off may have on your immigration status or immigration benefits.

  • If you enroll full-time in spring term, OSU can keep your SEVIS record active.
  • If you decide to take spring term off or register less than full-time, it is highly recommended that you contact an international student adviser in OIS to discuss your personal situation. 
  • Travel is not recommended if you are close to graduating and planning to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Academic Training (AT) as this may make you ineligible for these benefits.
Last updated: March 25, 2020

Please remain mindful of social distancing and if you develop symptoms contact the SHS Nurse Advice Line.

Last updated: March 18, 2020

If you are not well, remain in your residence hall and contact your primary care physician, Student Health Services, or a local emergency medical care provider.

Last updated: March 18, 2020

Please see the OSU Libraries' updates on their services for faculty and services during spring term.  

You may also want to consider how necessary limitations in library services may affect the design of assignments in your course (e.g., research papers or projects, students using Course Reserve items, etc.).

Last updated: March 25, 2020

OSU takes matters of bias very seriously. We strive to be an inclusive and caring community, and the university does not tolerate xenophobia, racism or prohibited discrimination. If you have experienced a negative interaction as a result of fear about COVID-19, you are encouraged to complete a Bias Incident Report. The bias incident report intake process includes consulting with the Equal Opportunity and Access Office to determine whether they are best positioned to respond based on the content of the report. You can also report a bias incident to your advisor or, if you are an INTO student, to an INTO OSU care team member. It is very important that the university is made aware of bias incidents. The COVID-19 situation requires caring and support for each other, and is not the time to be fearful of our fellow OSU community members. This is the time to support each other.

Last updated: March 15, 2020

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and other symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and body aches, you should stay home; avoid close contact with others; and contact your primary health care provider via phone or secure patient portal for medical advice. The clinician may order a COVID-19 test.

For more information: Call the Benton County Public Health Department COVID-19 phone bank at 541-766-6120. If you live in a different county, contact the local health authority. Call 211 to reach the Oregon Health Authority’s general information line for COVID-19. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. 

Last updated: March 27, 2020

Students planning to study abroad in spring should contact the OSU Office of Global Opportunities (OSUGO). At this time, OSU-sponsored spring 2020 and selected summer 2020 study abroad programs have been either postponed or cancelled.

For the most current information, please contact OSU GO directly. OSU GO staff advise students of their options for a particular situation to ensure that academic progress is not negatively impacted as a result of program postponement or cancellation.  

Last updated: March 23, 2020

If your concerns are beyond the scope of our office, we recommend you to speak with an immigration attorney.  Anyone with legal questions is strongly encouraged to seek qualified legal advice for their specific personal and family circumstances. Resources to find an immigration lawyer include:

  • OSU ASOSU Legal Services (a student-fee funded resource) – provides free attorney consultations directly to any OSU student, regardless of where the student is located. ASOSU Legal Services can be reached through their website or at (541) 737-4165
  • Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service – initial 30 min. consultation for $35 with a member of the Oregon State Bar. Call (800) 452-7636 or visit their website
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Immigration Lawyer Referral Service – provides referrals to immigration attorneys across the US
  • For information about what to expect when working with a lawyer, please read the information from the Oregon State Bar
  • Office of International Services – contact us for additional guidance on seeking legal advice
Last updated: March 25, 2020

As instructed by Oregon Gov. Brown’s March 23, 2020, executive order, review of all OSU building operations is underway. An updated closure and reduced-operations list will be available shortly.

As of March 16, most campus buildings remained open.

In Corvallis, this includes: Student housing and dining centers, health services, the Memorial Union, Valley Library, Transportation Services, and the Student Accounts and Payroll office, although some services and hours of operation may be modified, so check their individual pages to see current schedules.

At OSU-Cascades, this includes: Obsidian Hall and Tykeson Hall, but both will have limited services and hours of operation.

At each facility that remains open, additional measures are being taken, including precautions to limit viral and bacterial exposure. Visitors to any OSU facility are also encouraged to follow CDC guidelines at all times.

While facilities are open, most programs and services will use remote methods for teaching, testing and meetings until further notice. Check individual departmental pages for how to access remote services.

Last updated: March 31, 2020

Enhanced touchpoint cleaning is taking place using a disinfectant that is effective on human coronavirus. Touchpoints include door knobs and handles, faucet handles, soap dispenser levers, paper towel dispenser controls, elevator button panels and light switches. This enhanced cleaning will continue throughout the period of time that is indicated by local health authorities.

Last updated: March 20, 2020

The university is sharing frequent COVID-19 updates and public health and prevention information by emails to faculty, staff and students, as well as on the university’s COVID-19 website that is easily located through a link from the university’s home page. 

Last updated: March 19, 2020

We ask that you use the tools licensed for University use as much as possible. Zoom requires users to sign-in through authentication, which meets FERPA standards. If there are no reasonable ways for your advisee to use Zoom and you must do a phone appointment, please confirm the student's identity by asking 3 non-directory information questions you can ask based on the information available to you in MyDegrees. Examples:  What is a class you are registered for this term? What grade did you receive in XXX last term? What is your GPA? What is a course you transferred from XXXX College?

Due to social distancing recommendations, you may meet with an advisee who is in the presence of others. The student must use discretion regarding their privacy and meeting remotely. 

Last updated: March 19, 2020

You should confirm that the student has a Consent to Release Information form on file. If the student does not, please ask them to submit this form for future appointments. As a temporary solution, please ask the student to send, from their OSU email address only, an email stating, "I consent to allow [name of person] to join me for my advising appointment on [date] because [purpose for the person joining]." These are required elements under FERPA. This is a one-time, temporary solution and does not authorize future release; the student should submit the Consent to Release Information form.

Last updated: March 19, 2020

OSU maintains various campus resources to assist students financially impacted by COVID-19, including:

Last updated: April 22, 2020

While the Office of the Registrar will have limited in-person services, we will be available (via phone/email/ etc. The Office of the Registrar does not accept digital/electronic signatures. We are temporarily loosening our requirement for written signatures. In lieu of written signatures, current students can submit forms from their OSU email account to registrars@oregonstate.edu. Forms requiring an advisor’s signature should be sent from the student’s OSU email account to the advisor’s OSU email account. Approved forms can be sent from the advisor’s OSU email account to the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar will work to obtain additional required signatures as needed.

Last updated: April 28, 2020

Given the extraordinary nature of the COVID-19 emergency, the US government will allow campuses to suspend the Ecampus online registration restrictions for international students during spring term 2020.  This temporary provision is only in effect for the duration of the emergency.

Under the current (March 13, 2020) guidance, continuing degree-seeking and exchange students with active SEVIS records who are eligible to enroll for spring term 2020 can benefit from this provision and maintain normal progress in their academic programs. Academic English, Undergraduate Pathway, Undergraduate Transfer Program, Graduate Pathway, and Study Abroad with English Programs may not be eligible for Ecampus online course registration under this guidance. The US government has not yet provided guidance for English Language Programs. We are seeking further clarification

New students admitted for spring 2020 who remain outside of the US are not eligible and will be required to defer their admission to a future term as their SEVIS records will not be in active status.

Returning/readmitted students and progressors (i.e., people who have already been in programs at OSU) can work with their academic advisers to enroll in classes if they are outside the US.  If these students have initial I-20s, they will need to work with an OIS advisor on a case-by-case basis to determine their immigration options. 

Last updated: March 25, 2020

As with other employee groups, student workers may be allowed to work remotely where the work is conducive to such arrangements.  Remote work assignments will be made at the discretion of supervisors, based upon business need and work availability, and are limited to the time that the university curtails operations due to COVID-19. Students working remotely will not be required to complete a telecommuting agreement.

Last updated: March 24, 2020

We are working closely with federal officials related to students who receive VA education benefits and the method of course delivery. Details will be sent directly to students receiving VA education benefits as they become available.

Last updated: March 19, 2020

We are working closely with federal officials related to students who receive veterans’ benefits and the method of course delivery. Details will be sent directly to students receiving veterans’ benefits as they become available.

Last updated: March 17, 2020

The Student Account service windows in the lobby of the Kerr Administration Building will be closed. However staff will be working remotely with limited hours on-site to provide services.  For additional information visit, Student Accounts.

Last updated: March 20, 2020

While we will no longer hold the in-person VA and Military Benefits session, you can review our website for information on getting started with these benefits at OSU. We are available for questions at veterans@oregonstate.edu. You should receive information directly from your college to arrange for advising and registration.

Last updated: March 19, 2020

Instructional staff will be asked to allow maximum leniency in any necessary in-person attendance for immuno-compromised students and students with serious non-infectious illness. Students are encouraged to contact their instructor and/or teaching assistant if they believe in-person attendance is problematic. The university will continue to use the COVID-19 Updates website to provide information and send emails to ensure that all faculty and graduate teaching assistants are aware of concerns for immune-compromised students and students with serious non-infectious illness.

Last updated: March 20, 2020

Questions will need to be emailed. That will be the most effective way for our office to answer and we will follow-up with a phone call if needed. For inquiries on general office processes, petitions, and forms, please contact registrars@oregonstate.edu.

Last updated: March 25, 2020

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on April 3, 2020, approved recommendations from student leaders at OSU’s Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses to reduce student incidental fees for spring term 2020. Incidental fees will drop spring term in Corvallis from $398.44 to $353.30 for a full-time student and from $267 to $111 at OSU-Cascades.

The board did not make any adjustments to spring term 2020 tuition. However, in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Oregon State students and their families, trustees voted April 3 to freeze tuition rates for currently enrolled undergraduate students at OSU’s Corvallis and Bend campuses for summer session and the 2020-21 academic year.

Last updated: April 8, 2020

Student employees will receive a bank of COVID-19 leave based on their average hours worked. To learn how to enter COVID-19 leave on your timesheet please visit MyTime. The number of hours available will be visible in the “Leave Balances” tab at the bottom of the student employee’s timesheet soon.

Last updated: April 1, 2020

Regardless of the number of positions held, all student employees will receive a COVID-19 leave bank, which will be calculated based on the student’s average hours worked for all OSU jobs. This bank can be used on multiple student appointments. Student employees holding multiple positions will not receive  separate COVID-19 leave banks per different employment position worked or appointment held.

Last updated: April 1, 2020

The student employee would record the number of hours of COVID-19 leave in the timesheet for each job held. The amount of leave recorded would be based on the student employee’s schedule in each job. For example, if in Job #1 the student usually worked Tuesday and Thursday, 2 hours each day, the student could record no more than 2 hours each Tuesday and Thursday for that particular job. If the student employee worked Monday and Friday, 3 hours each, in Job #2, the student employee could record no more than 3 hours each Monday and Friday for that particular job.

Last updated: April 1, 2020

Student employees, not able to work due to the COVID-19 response or their own personal or wellness circumstances, may utilize the following university employee benefits in the following order:

  •  COVID-19 leave
  • All accrued Oregon Sick Leave.
Last updated: April 1, 2020

The COVID-19 leave is to be used in response to the effects caused by COVID-19. As such, student employees can use this leave to care for themselves or another individual, either due to illness or due to school closure or other circumstances related to COVID-19. This leave can also be used to supplement reduced work resulted due to COVID-19.

 

Last updated: April 1, 2020

If a student employee has resigned, supervisors should ask for a letter of resignation. This notification can be given in an email to the supervisor. The supervisor should then reach out to the Student Employment Center to inform them of the resignation.

 

Last updated: April 1, 2020

In most cases, the state of Oregon has not paid unemployment benefits to full-time students who work at OSU.  However, some student employees may qualify for Oregon unemployment insurance benefits.  Historically, students who have been registered for six or fewer credit hours per term may qualify for state unemployment insurance.  Students may always file a claim to see if they qualify for benefits as determined by the Oregon Employment Department.

If a student employee believes that they may have extenuating circumstances or qualify for an exception, we recommend that they contact the Oregon Employment Department.  Please note, the state of Oregon has relaxed some rules regarding such benefits due to COVID-19. The new rules allow for payment of benefits in new situations, such as if an employee is forced to quit work or is unable to currently search for work due to certain new qualifying COVID-19-related reasons.  The new rules are available here:  https://govstatus.egov.com/ORUnemployment_COVID19.

To file for unemployment benefits due to COVID-19, students should follow the instructions available at this link:  https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Pages/COVID-19.aspx.  If you file an unemployment insurance claim, the state will contact OSU to verify employment information. Your employment information may be an education record under the Family Educational Rights and Policy Act (“FERPA”).  Accordingly, OSU may require a FERPA-compliant signed consent to release your information to the Oregon Employment Department.  This applies to most student employment, including employment of graduate assistants.

Last updated: April 1, 2020

OSU has determined that student employees do qualify for this expanded FMLA as long as that student employee was “an employee who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days by the employer with respect to whom leave is requested.”  The expanded FMLA takes effect on April 1.   

Last updated: April 10, 2020

The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The use of simple cloth face coverings can help slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Cloth face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Include multiple layers of fabric.
  • Allow for breathing without restriction.
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth when taking their face covering off and wash their hands immediately after removing. Always avoid touching the front of the mask. Face covering should be routinely washed – a washing machine should suffice to properly wash face coverings.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Guidance for making face coverings is readily available through multiple sites, such as hospitals and county health agencies. John Hopkins Medicine advises that fabric used should be patterned and never solid white or solid blue to avoid confusion with medical-grade masks.  Blue and white patterns should be avoided as well.

Remember: Stay home; stay 6 feet apart from others; wash your hands thoroughly and frequently and wear a cloth face covering when leaving home.

For guidance on making cloth face coverings, visit:

Last updated: April 6, 2020

Enhanced touchpoint cleaning is taking place using a disinfectant that is effective on human coronavirus. Touchpoints include door knobs and handles, faucet handles, soap dispenser levers, paper towel dispenser controls, elevator button panels and light switches. This enhanced cleaning will continue throughout the period of time that is indicated by local health authorities.

Additional measures on the Corvallis campus include:

  • Sterilizing classrooms, including a thorough cleaning of all tables and chairs.
  • Cleaning interior windows and floors.
  • Activating faucets and eye wash stations in campus buildings to keep fresh water running through pipes.
  • Assisting the Department of Public Safety by looking for open windows or signs of a break in and locking office and other secure entryways that may have been left open.

For more information, contact the Work Coordination Center at 541-737-2969 or Joe Majeski, facilities director, at 541-737-7646; work orders can be placed by visiting my.facilities.oregonstate.edu.

Last updated: March 31, 2020

At this time, any OSU parking permit may be used in any zone (All A, B, C and R lots). All other posted signs, such as those for ADA spaces and service spaces, still apply.  The Beaver Bus has suspended operations until further notice.

The Transportation Services office in Adams Hall is closed to the public, but is offering direct customer service through their online portal, telephone and email during normal business hours, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Pay stations, the parking garage elevators and parking meters are being wiped down twice a day. For more information, email transportation@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-2583. Transportation Services Director Meredith Williams can be reached at 541-737-0673.

Last updated: March 31, 2020

OSU Printing and Mailing Services is taking appropriate precautions by discontinuing Corvallis campus delivery of mail and having employees who perform critical on-site work practice social distancing measures and follow public health guidelines.

Meanwhile, OSU is taking guidance from the U.S. Postal Service statement on precautions with mail reads:

“Importantly, the CDC, the World Health Organization, as well as the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.

According to the CDC, “In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.”

According to the World Health Organization, “The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and been exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.”

Last updated: April 6, 2020

Remote teaching delivery is when a faculty member facilitates the delivery of their in-person course instruction from a different location by using tools such as Canvas and Zoom. A faculty guide to remote teaching delivery is available on the Keep Teaching website. Additionally, there will be online and telephone resources readily available to help students navigate all aspect of online delivery, including Zoom. Remote teaching delivery is not the same as offering a course online though Ecampus.

Last updated: March 11, 2020

Prepare to use Canvas, our learning management system, as well as Zoom, OSU’s web-conference tool. These tools are already available to all students and you likely have experience with them from previous classes. If you need assistance,  please contact the Community Network Service Desk at 541-737-8787, visit this support website.  

Last updated: March 13, 2020

Please visit the Keep Teaching website, which has in-depth resources for employees with teaching responsibilities.

Last updated: March 13, 2020

Any possible impacts on labs should depend on the details of the specific labs and the nature of the research or instruction within those labs. We understand that there are certain laboratories that need to maintain essential services (for example, to protect animal health). We encourage researchers to consider how they can access their data remotely to best maintain continuity of research operations.

Any possible impacts on field work should depend on the details of the field work, such as timing, location, the make-up of the field teams, whether or not the field teams are already at a location and the nature of any travel restrictions at the time of the work. Judgments may need to be made on a case-by-case basis by the respective unit head.

 

Last updated: March 13, 2020

OSU’s provisions for remote delivery of teaching and education services for students during the COVID-19 outbreak are not the same as the online educational services offered through Ecampus. While remote delivery uses a similar platform and use of video, “remote delivery” is a short-term mode of delivery of OSU’s 200 undergraduate degree programs and 100 graduate degree programs. There are significant added expenses associated with shifting to remote delivery of courses on very short notice, as well as additional costs in information technology. OSU’s traditional on-campus tuition and fees will not fully cover these expenses. However, OSU will not increase spring term tuition and fees, and the university will work with Oregon’s elected leaders and agencies to seek assistance for this more expensive delivery model so that our current and future students are not unduly impacted.

Additionally, at the present time, no major sustained changes in delivery of those programs and services funded through student fees are anticipated during this virus outbreak. While there will be a temporary reduction in some programs and services, the costs associated with these programs are largely personnel, and OSU remains committed to assuring our students are well-served and our employees remain employed. Employees who are not serving in their normal capacities may be assigned to perform other duties within their units.

Last updated: March 16, 2020

The visa status for international students staying in the U.S. will not be affected. International students considering returning to their home country should consult the Office of International Services.

Last updated: March 16, 2020

In the eventuality that the virus more directly impacts OSU, the university will use the COVID-19 website to provide information and send emails to ensure that all faculty, graduate teaching assistants and students are aware of changes that could affect face-to-face activities.

Last updated: March 13, 2020

Students may elect to change a course that is graded under a normal grading basis (A–F) to a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading basis (S/U). A grade of S or U has no grade point equivalent and is not used in the GPA calculation.

Electing to change from A-F grading to S/U grading will eliminate the grade points you would normally receive in an A-F graded course from being calculated in your overall GPA. An excess of S/U graded courses puts more weight on your GPA for those courses where you received A-F grading. If you received lower A-F grades on previous courses and believe you may receive a higher grade in a course you are considering changing to S/U grading, you should consider how this will affect your GPA.

You may also be a part of a program or receive a scholarship that requires you to achieve a particular GPA each term or even enroll in courses with A-F grading. Please contact your program or relevant scholarship contact to ensure you will not jeopardize your benefits.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

No. For spring 2020 term only, we are loosening the academic regulation and allowing students to take courses with S/U grading without spring term S/U credits counting toward the 36 credit limit.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

To accommodate students during the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon State University permits undergraduate students who have met the maximum allowable credits (36 credits) stated in Academic Regulation 18 to elect to receive S/U grades for spring 2020 courses only.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

For spring 2020 only, we are allowing a student to elect S/U grading for courses in which they previously received an A-F grade.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

The Office of the Registrar does not accept digital/electronic signatures. We are temporarily loosening our requirement for written signatures. In lieu of written signatures, for spring 2020, current students can submit completed forms, with or without a signature, from their OSU email account to the adviser’s OSU email account. Approved forms can be sent from the adviser’s OSU email account to the Office of the Registrar.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

No, your instructor does not know this. Only you and your academic adviser who approved your request will know this. The instructor enters the letter grade you would normally receive, and the student information system translates that to an S or U based on the grade entered by your instructor.

Graduate students may not elect S/U grading for undergraduate courses required to remove a deficiency (e.g. a foreign language course taken for a deficient admissions requirement).

Graduate students do not need to obtain an advisor’s signature. However, it is highly recommended that graduate students consult with their adviser prior to electing S/U grading.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

For spring 2020 only, students may elect to change their grading basis to S/U for major-required courses and receive degree-applicable credit for courses where they received an S grade.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

For spring 2020 only, we have extended the deadline to submit a change of grading basis. The new deadline is the end of week 10 or Friday, June 5, 2020.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

Yes, you may change your grading basis back to A-F grading following the same process when you changed it to S/U grading for a spring 2020 course. Submit the same form but note “A-F grading” instead of “S/U" by June 5, 2020.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

No. The minimum grade you must earn to receive an “S” grade is a C- or higher.

Last updated: April 2, 2020

Graduate students are allowed to elect S/U grading for both graduate courses and undergraduate courses.

For spring 2020 only, students may elect to change their grading basis to S/U for courses required for their program of study and receive degree-applicable credit for courses where they received an S grade. However, graduate students may not elect S/U grading for undergraduate courses required to remove a deficiency (e.g. a foreign language course taken for a deficient admissions requirement).

Last updated: April 2, 2020

Notify your instructor or graduate teaching assistant and let them know what you witnessed; they may not be aware of the problem. If you have a graduate teaching assistant or technical assistant in your section, you may be able to notify someone during the class. If not, send an email or Canvas message to your instructor or graduate teaching assistant after class. Disruptive and inappropriate behavior can interfere with students’ well-being and their ability to learn. If you let your instructor know about the situation, they can respond and support you and other students in the class.

If you have been subjected to behavior (aimed at you or others) and would like personal support, contact the Office of the Dean of Students or the ASOSU Office of Advocacy to learn more about resources available to support you.

Last updated: April 8, 2020

Look through your Canvas site for any resources or alternatives the instructor has made available. If you are unable to find any, communicate with your instructor and explain the situation. The instructor may be able to provide alternative options for completing the activity if they know the challenge you’re experiencing. If you are unable to resolve the situation with your instructor and would like additional support navigating next steps, contact the Office of Student Advocacy. If you do not have access to a computer or other equipment that you need to complete the activity, connect with the HSRC to fill out the single support form. If you do not have access to software or need technical support, contact the Service Desk

Last updated: April 8, 2020

If you’ve been asked to complete and submit work or paperwork that would generally be printed and completed by hand, consider taking a picture of the document and submitting that. If this is not possible in your situation, consult with the instructor or the person requesting the document and ask for ideas or alternatives. If you need help creating or editing a digital document or have run out of ideas, the Service Desk can help you.

Last updated: April 8, 2020

If you, a dependent or a close family member are ill, the university recommendation is to self-isolate and call your health care provider, Student Health Services or an emergency medical care provider. Please email your instructor as soon as you anticipate that illness will prevent you from attending to a requirement or meeting a deadline. The Office of the Dean of Students can also assist you if you are navigating a range of extenuating life circumstances, including but not limited to prolonged illness, hospitalization, financial concerns, etc. They can be reached via Zoom chat or audio Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at beav.es/4qQ or by email at support.odos@oregonstate.edu.

Last updated: April 9, 2020

In response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on OSU students and their families, trustees voted April 3 to freeze tuition rates for currently enrolled undergraduate students at OSU’s Corvallis and Bend campuses for summer session and the 2020-21 academic year. Trustees also will consider in late May whether the university’s economic condition will allow OSU to offer tuition relief for new students.

Last updated: April 8, 2020

Summer sessions 1, 2, 3 and 6 (all with start dates in June) will be offered entirely remotely. Registration for summer term will open on April 24, 2020.

The university is hopeful that the remaining two summer sessions — sessions 4 and 5 — may be offered face-to-face later in the summer, with a July and August start, respectively. Decisions about sessions 4 and 5 will ultimately be based on health guidance from the state of Oregon and county health officials as well as updates to Gov. Brown’s executive orders. OSU will make a final decision on the delivery of these two sessions by June 1, 2020.

If classroom delivery returns for sessions 4 and 5, the university is hopeful that some courses that involve lab work, site visits, internships, etc. can be held during the latter part of the summer.

Last updated: April 10, 2020
  • Check your ONID email regularly for updates from OSU GO or your program leader/contact.  If OSU GO makes any changes to your program, we (or your program leader) will reach out to you directly via email. 
  • Do not purchase airfare or make travel plans at this time, but wait for further instructions.
  • Consider alternative plans should OSU determine that summer programs are suspended.
Last updated: April 30, 2020
  • Check your ONID email regularly for updates from OSU GO or your program leader/contact.  If OSU GO makes any changes to your program, we (or your program leader) will reach out to you directly via email. 
  • Do not purchase airfare or make travel plans at this time, but wait for further instructions.
  • Register for fall term courses at OSU as a backup option if fall programs are suspended. If your fall term program is viable, you will receive a new CRN and registration instructions from OSU GO. 
Last updated: April 30, 2020
  •  We invite you to explore program opportunities on our website for winter term 2021 and beyond.  OSU GO will continue to monitor the viability of future education abroad programs and will notify students of any program suspensions as early as possible.
Last updated: April 30, 2020

For faculty-led programs: if OSU suspends your program due to COVID-19, the participant fee, OSU GO administrative fee, and OSU GO application fee will be refunded.

For OSU exchange programs: if OSU suspends your exchange program due to COVID-19, the OSU GO administrative fee and OSU GO application fee will be refunded.

For IE3 global programs: if OSU suspends your IE3 global program (study abroad or internship) due to COVID-19, the IE3 global application fee and deposit (if applicable) will be refunded.

For OSU partner programs: if your study abroad provider (e.g. API, CIEE, IFSA-Butler, etc.) suspends your program due to COVID-19, consult with your program contact to determine their refund policy.  The OSU GO administrative fee and application fee will be refunded.

Last updated: April 30, 2020