A high rate of vaccination among our students, faculty and staff supports the safety and well-being of our community and the communities in which we operate, especially as we engage in in-person learning, research, and outreach.
NEW — Updated for OSU Employees:
Per a recent White House announcement, Jan. 4, 2022, is the new deadline for employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Recent federal Executive Order 14042 requires all federal contractors and subcontractors have a fully vaccinated workforce to fight COVID-19. The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force subsequently issued guidance to federal contractors on how to implement this new, expansive order.
Because Oregon State University has many and various federal contracts and subcontracts, all OSU employees — including student workers — regardless of whether they perform their duties on-site or remotely, are required to be fully vaccinated. The updated OSU COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement applies to all university employees, full-time or part-time, including but not limited to academic faculty, professional faculty, academic wage appointments, classified staff, law enforcement officers, graduate assistants and student employees, though exceptions are allowed based on medical or sincerely held religious beliefs.
In compliance with this executive order, employees must now provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees who previously claimed an exemption must either become fully vaccinated or go through a new exception process. We strongly encourage all employees to comply by the previous deadline of Dec. 8, 2021. However, formal compliance measures will be in effect on Jan. 4, 2022.
Students who are not employed by OSU will remain under OSU’s policy effective Sept. 15, 2021, which is only for those who are on-site or engaging in an on-site activity (see the section below titled Student Requirement for details).
Employees (including Student Employees)
If applicable, you can apply for an exception for medical reasons or due to a sincerely held religious belief beginning Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. You will need to complete new exception forms provided on the Student Health Services COVID-19 Immunization Requirements website.
Medical exceptions for employees are done through Oregon Health Authority forms that must be signed by a medical practitioner and will be verified by OSU’s Occupational Medicine program within Student Health Services. Exception requests based on religious beliefs will be verified by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. Requests for exceptions for medical or disability reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs are encouraged to be submitted as early as possible, and be submitted no later than Dec. 6 to allow time to become fully vaccinated if the exception request is denied. If an employee fails to comply with the OSU vaccination program, Employee and Labor Relations (ELR) will work directly with the supervisor to engage in an individualized plan of progressive discipline.
Students who are not OSU employees may continue to claim a philosophical exception in alignment with OHA rules for students.
Students who are not university employees and whose courses are entirely online and involve no in-person engagement with individuals outside of their households, as long as they do not otherwise engage in any in-person university-sponsored activity. Note: If students engage in-person with individuals outside of their households as part of their coursework or university-sponsored activity, the student requirement applies regardless of whether OSU owns or manages the property where the in-person engagement takes place.
Effective Sept. 15, 2021, Oregon State University required students who work, learn or engage with others in-person as part of their academic experience to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19. An individual is fully vaccinated when they have received both doses of (1) a World Health Organization approved two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or (2) an FDA-approved or authorized double dose vaccine (or one dose of an FDA-authorized single-dose vaccine), and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of COVID-19 vaccine. OSU students who are required to comply with OSU’s Vaccination Program; work or study on the Corvallis or Bend campus; and who meet an exception not to be vaccinated will be required to test for COVID-19 weekly. Students who are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated are required to test weekly until they are fully vaccinated – two weeks after their last dose.
The OSU COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement applies to all university students unless exempted or excluded from this requirement.