Oregon State University is preparing plans to resume in-person instruction in late summer and fall term on its campuses in Corvallis and Bend, pending state authorization.
“The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and those we serve is our top priority,” said Edward Feser, Oregon State’s provost and executive vice president. “We are aiming to resume university activities gradually and with flexibility to adjust to guidance from public health authorities, COVID-19 conditions and the availability of medical services in the communities in which we operate.”
Under a best-case scenario, OSU campuses and facilities would be open and most employees would be back at their work sites by Sept. 1; fall classes are scheduled to begin Sept. 23. Most in-person instruction and other activities would resume, though with modifications for physical distancing. Over much of the summer, the university will continue to provide remote instruction.
“While there is uncertainty ahead for all of us, we want everyone to know that OSU is here for them,” Feser said. “We will accommodate the uncertainty together and support students on their path to graduation and success in life, career and community. And we will continue our efforts to solve the world’s most pressing problems through our research and innovation and to advance the prosperity of all Oregonians and their communities through the work of the OSU Extension Service.”
University officials on Monday released their Pandemic Resumption Plan, developed by Oregon State’s Continuity Management Team in close coordination with state and local public health officials and the governor’s office. The university will refine the plan over the coming months with advice from faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders, and as conditions and state guidance evolve.
Dan Larson, vice provost for student affairs and OSU’s COVID-19 response coordinator, said OSU’s plan follows Gov. Kate Brown’s procedures for a phased reopening of the state and complies with the governor’s executive orders and Oregon Health Authority guidelines.