OSU flexible on housing for students during pandemic

Prior to Move-In Day, students will be tested on the spot, and those results will come back in about an hour.

Posted: Aug 25, 2020 6:44 PM
Updated: Aug 25, 2020 8:40 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The first day of classes for OSU students is right around the corner, and decisions about housing are among those that remain up in the air for some.


“Your choice is a personal one,” Vice President of University Relations Steve Clark said. “We will respect your choice. If you feel it's safest to be at home, wherever that is, we will provide an OSU quality higher education to where you live.”

First year students at OSU are required to live on campus, but that’s not the case during the pandemic.

“We will allow them to leave their contract with University Housing and Dining Services, and they will only pay for the time spent in the residence halls,” Clark said.

Students can choose to live on-campus, in an off-campus apartment or at home.

Only 5% of classes are being offered in person, causing students to decide if it’s really worth it to live on campus. This spans across all of OSU’s campuses. Typically about 5,000 students live on campus, but they expect that number to drop to about 3,000 this year.

The university said that testing on campus will continue to be extensive.

“Over the next several weeks and all of fall term, we will test up to 1,000 -- faculty, staff and students,” Clark said.

Prior to Move-In Day, students will be tested on the spot, and those results will come back in about an hour. If a student tests negative, they will find out on their university portal. If a student tests positive, they will receive a personal phone call.

“We'll have isolation and quarantine units in our residence halls,” Clark said. “If a student and their family feel that if they tested positive it's best to go home, we'll support them in that regard and welcome them back when they're healthy.”

Living on campus can cost between $7,000 to $10,000 depending on a student’s housing and meal plan. So far 4,000 students have registered to live on campus for fall term.

“Every decision we've made about what fall will look like is based upon safety,” Clark said. “We're trying to contribute to the wellness and health of everyone associated with Oregon State, whether they're in the community, Corvallis, Bend or on campus."

The deadline to register to become an OSU student is Sept. 1, which was extended from May.

Western Oregon University announced Tuesday that 95% of their fall courses will be delivered online.

The UO will be releasing more information about fall on Wednesday.

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