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OSU aims for flexibility in plan for fall term

Almost all classes will be held remotely at the Corvallis campus, university officials said.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 4:20 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University announced its plans for fall on Tuesday.

Almost all classes -- about 90% -- will be held remotely at the Corvallis campus, university officials said.

Below are other adjustments for fall term, according to OSU officials:

  • A requirement for face coverings in common indoor spaces and outside where social distancing isn’t possible.
  • Adjusting physical spaces on campus to comply with public health guidance. New signage and directional arrows to help minimize close contact in campus dining centers, coffee shops and other common spaces.
  • Changes to residence halls and dining facilities. Students living on campus in Corvallis will have only one roommate or live in single rooms. At OSU-Cascades, the residence hall will feature only single rooms. Campus move-in will occur over several days. A variety of dining options will be available, but all items will be served to-go.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting common areas in university buildings and deep cleaning classrooms each evening. Cleaning stations will be available in classroom buildings so spaces can be wiped down upon entry.
  • All members of the Oregon State community will conduct daily health self-screenings. Those who show symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 must stay home.
  • Making COVID-19 testing available to symptomatic students and their primary contacts in Corvallis. At OSU-Cascades, testing for symptomatic students and their primary contacts will be available through referral by Student Health Services telemedicine. Rooms and support services will be provided in residence halls at both campuses for isolation if needed by a student.
  • Continuously testing for the prevalence of the virus that causes COVID-19 on the Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Prevalence testing will be provided with the guidance of OSU researchers leading the TRACE-COVID-19 project. In addition to prevalence testing, wastewater on the campuses and at Hatfield will be monitored for the presence of the virus.
  • Freezing tuition for returning students attending OSU in Corvallis, Bend, Portland and at Eastern Oregon University and investing in additional financial aid. Scholarship offers for students who elect to study elsewhere in the fall and return to OSU in a subsequent term will be preserved.
  • Several student fees are being reviewed for possible adjustment.

And at OSU-Cascades in Bend, about half of classes will be held in-person, but all classes will include remote learning options.

“This approach will make it possible for students to live and study from home if that is the best option for them,” said President F. King Alexander. “It also will limit the density of activity on our campuses and help minimize the possible spread of COVID-19 among students and employees.”

If students want to live on campus, they are welcome to stay on campus, Alexander said.


The four types of classes that will be held in the fall include in-person, remote learning, blending and online through the university’s Ecampus program. Remote learning will involve scheduled class times and video conferencing through Zoom. Blended learning will involve in-person and remote instruction. Ecampus online classes are more flexible and do not have set class times.

“Most of the courses that will be offered on-site in Corvallis have a heavy experiential learning component, such as labs and field courses, and require in-person learning,” said Edward Feser, provost and executive vice president. “Some students—especially advanced undergraduates and graduate students—may need to be in Corvallis in order to take those courses and continue progressing in their degree programs.”

In Bend, in-person classes will also include labs and field courses.

In-person class instruction will end at Thanksgiving break for Corvallis students, and final exams and projects will take place remotely.

For more information about plans for on-site teaching, research and service activities click here. Officials said they are following public health guidelines and remaining flexible as conditions change.

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