University and State guidelines

Spring 2022: Masks are welcome but no longer required at OSU. Those at higher risk should continue to wear masks. Please see Oregon State University's COVID-19 Safety & Success site for further updates. This site will no longer be updated. 

Thursday, August 5, 2021: Face coverings now required in OSU indoor public settings

 Effective immediately, face coverings are now required in all public indoor settings at OSU. This policy will be reviewed weekly, adjusted as appropriate, and communicated on the COVID-19 Safety & Success website.

Please review these FAQ’s for additional guidance. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021: Covid-19 Update: CDC and OHA Face Covering Recommendations

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its COVID-19 guidance, recommending that both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people wear a face covering in public indoor settings in places where there is substantial or high COVID-19 transmission. The Oregon Health Authority announced a similar recommendation for face covering use in public indoor settings throughout the state.

This new guidance does not change or alter OSU’s Pathway to Fall strategy and plans for fall term. However, OSU joins the CDC and OHA in recommending the use of face coverings in public indoor university settings in areas of the state where there is a high degree of COVID-19 transmission.

OSU’s Framework on Face Coverings, based on OHA and CDC guidance, is now available and additional information can be found in the university’s COVID-19 Safety and Success Policy. Please note that additional guidance from the CDC on exposure has been added to OSU’s policy. Please review these FAQ’s

These current recommendations offered by OSU, the CDC, and OHA are not face covering mandates. 


Wednesday, June 30, 2021: OSU’s Face Covering Policy and Physical Distancing Policy are terminated and will be replaced with a general COVID-19 Safety and Success Policy 

This policy

  • provides guidance on COVID-19 risk reduction requirements and recommendations, including the use of face coverings for those who are unvaccinated.
  •  includes provisions regarding positive COVID-19 case notification, isolation and quarantine procedures, and expectations for ongoing participation in contact tracing.
  • applies to all OSU settings and activities, including education, research, OSU Extension and outreach. 
  • OSU sponsored travel is no longer restricted and research resumption plans are no longer required.
  • The lifting of building capacity and physical distancing requirements means that building and space utilization can return to full occupancy. 

 Wednesday, June 30, 2021: Effective immediately, Oregon OSHA formally lifts face covering, distancing parts of COVID-19 rules, See Changes to Rules Addressing the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in All Oregon Workplaces

  • Oregon OSHA no longer requires employers to implement physical distancing. Employers who wish to evaluate their workplaces to determine how they can keep their employees safe and healthy are encouraged to contact Oregon OSHA Consultation Services.
  • Oregon OSHA no longer requires employers to ensure that individuals at the workplace wear a mask, face covering, or face shield as source control.

Oregon Health Authority (OHA): County Risk Level framework ends on June 30

  • On June 25, Governor Kate Brown signed Executive Order 21-15 to eliminate Oregon’s County Risk Level framework and most remaining COVID-19 health and safety restrictions starting June 30.

  • While the new Executive Order cancels most pandemic-related restrictions, it also reminds Oregon residents that masks are still required in health care settings, airports, airplanes and public transportation. The new Executive order also creates terms for ongoing recovery efforts that will be in effect through Dec. 31, 2021. 

Pathway to Fall

OSU’s Pathway to Fall plan has been updated to provide guidance on in-person meetings. Individuals are expected to be familiar with and adhere to all relevant guidelines as they plan and conduct their in-person activities.

University Travel: OSU-sponsored travel may resume beginning June 1. Employees are to utilize standard process and approval procedures. Deans, vice presidents and vice provosts may choose to implement unit-level travel approval procedures as they manage public health and financial considerations. Employees and supervisors should review travel advisories from health authorities as they make and approve travel plans.

To register for international travel please visit the OSU International Travel Registry. For domestic travel please follow existing department guidelines.

Research Office

Monday, June 21, 2021

Research resumption plans no longer need to be approved by Deans or the Vice President for Research.

Research, scholarship and innovation activities are vital to the mission of Oregon State University. Although much of this work at OSU is decentralized, the public health crisis required increased levels of collaboration and coordination. This has ensured the continuity and resilience of the OSU research enterprise in the face of these challenges.

It is the responsibility of principal investigators to ensure that all research activities adhere to standards outlined by:

If research involves human participants, regulated animals, work conducted while boating or diving, or travel, these additional considerations apply:

COS Research Resumption Working Group

For unit specific questions, please contact the appropriate person in the COS Research Resumption Working Group

  1. Janet Tate, Physics
  2. Sharmodeep Bhattacharya, Statistics
  3. Kim Halsey, Microbiology
  4. Michael Freitag, Biochemistry & Biophysics
  5. Vince Remcho, Chemistry
  6. Yevgeniy Kovchegov, Mathematics
  7. Pete Eschbach, EM Facility
  8. Patrick Reardon, NMR Facility
  9. Dee Denver, Head, Integrative Biology

For general questions, please contact the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, Vrushali Bokil.

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