University and state guidelines

University website, March 13, 2020

Until further notice, all non-essential OSU-sponsored travel is suspended.

Research Office, March 21, 2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Oregon State University has not ceased conducting research. However, limiting the spread of the coronavirus is our top priority. Researchers—including faculty, graduate students, and staff—should follow the guidance below and consult with the appropriate dean, vice provost, or vice president regarding questions/issues specific to particular laboratories or research contexts.

  • Please work from home.
  • Transition labs to minimal operations.
  • Anticipate new directives that may affect research operations.
  • Begin limiting research activities involving human subjects and animals.
  • Prioritize graduate student progress.
  • Help support staff, technicians and postdoctoral researchers in continuing work.

Message from President Ray, March 23, 2020

Today, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order requiring Oregonians to stay home in response to the increasing spread and risk of COVID-19.

If you are already at home, stay there. If you are not at home, go home, and follow the governor’s order.

Processes and implementation

The processes and the implementation of decisions detailed here are subject to change based on the continuing evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A. Process to approve essential travel:

  1. Faculty member submits request as single traveler or on behalf of one or more co-travelers to Unit Head
  2. Unit Head makes initial determination
  3. Unit Head submits recommendation to the Dean

B. Process to approve essential laboratory and field research:

  1. Faculty/PI submits request
  2. College panel makes initial determination
  3. College panel submits recommendation to the Dean

Review process

The Review Process will consider:

  1. Have alternative approaches to normal planning and execution been considered?
  2. Is the work justified as essential based on OSU guidelines?
  3. Is the work necessary to preserve continuity of large or longitudinal collaborative studies?
  4. Would restrictions impair student graduation in the spring term, affect progress to degree, or create undue hardship for postdoctoral associates?
  5. Does the personnel plan enforce CDC and OSU guidelines for health and safety?
  6. Has the size of the effort and the potential time in the lab or field been minimized, e.g., number of personnel involved, number of sampling trips?
  7. Is the research program funded extramurally?  Other than federal grants, are you aware of contractual obligations?
  8. What are the potential impacts of delaying the work?


Requests involving a combination of Travel and Research will be reviewed according to steps B.

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Request upload

Name of requestor or primary requestor for groups.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.