University and State guidelines

Effective: Tuesday, June 15, 2021, Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2021

OSU Interim exception to face covering requirementException applies to fully vaccinated OSU employees Effective 6-15-21

OHA Site: Interim Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

OSHA Site: Statement Regarding Vaccination Status in Relation to Oregon’s Facial Covering and Social Distancing Requirements

Friday, June 4, 2021

Please stay tuned for changes which will be reflected on this page. We are anticipating lifting of statewide restrictions soon (see OR Governor’s recent announcement). In the meantime, please continue to adhere to all relevant guidelines, including public health guidance related to COVID-19 as outlined below and on other OSU websites (see links below).

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

OSU has moved its operational risk level to 1 and will discontinue using operational risk level designations in pandemic response planning. Moving forward, university operations will follow county and state risk levels and guidelines, as necessary.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has issued new face covering guidelines (PDF) and interim guidance (PDF) for fully vaccinated individuals for businesses, including higher education. Based on those guidelines, face coverings are no longer required outdoors at OSU, unless the outdoor setting is crowded, or physical distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings continue to be required indoors at all OSU locations, regardless of vaccination status. OSU’s physical distancing policy continues to require compliance with all current OHA guidelines and OSHA guidelines (PDF). Gatherings – including indoors – are permissible with compliance with relevant restrictions and prevention measures. This includes the allowance for in-person meetings and activities.

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, Integrative Biology

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

Covid-19 Vaccine Update

OSU’s Vaccination Program: On May 4, 2021, OSU announced its plans to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students and employees for fall. While details are still being worked out in dialogue with bargaining units and other stakeholders, we anticipate asking employees and students to demonstrate compliance by confirming their vaccination status or claiming an exemption by Sept. 15, 2021.

Beginning June 1, students will be able to confirm they have been vaccinated on the Student Health Services website. The process for students to request an exemption will be in place on the Student Health Services website by July 9. Both students and employees will be able to claim certain exemptions. We will update employees about the compliance process when discussions are complete with stakeholders.

OSU will manage compliance with this policy centrally. Employees, students and volunteers are discouraged from discussing who has or has not been vaccinated. Because a person’s vaccination status is private medical information, supervisors are directed not to ask employees whether they have been or plan to be vaccinated. OSU employees may not ask students whether they have been or plan to be vaccinated, or implement added proof of vaccination processes or policies within their units or programs. Updated information can be found on the OSU Safety and Success website within Frequently Asked Questions.

OSU COVID-19 Testing: The OSU community has been fortunate to have surveillance, prevalence, and screening testing help from the TRACE team over this academic year. The TRACE-OSU testing program informed decision making as well as the rapid containment of COVID-19. Moving forward, vaccination will serve as OSU’s primary mitigation measure for reducing the risk and spread of COVID-19. Regular prevalence testing will conclude on June 11, 2021. We will continue to conduct wastewater surveillance in Corvallis, Bend and Newport. When needed, university-provided testing will be managed by Student Health Services. Unvaccinated students living in on-campus housing may be required to continue participating in high-frequency testing. Other individuals who are interested in receiving COVID-19 tests should seek out local resources, most of which offer testing with no out-of-pocket cost. Units and programs that would like to discuss the use of university-resourced testing in their specific settings, including employment settings, should contact Jenny Haubenreiser, associate vice provost and executive director of Student Health Services.

As always, we will keep you updated on how these changes will guide decisions on university operations and public health measures.

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