PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon State University hopes to have faculty and students return to campus for the fall term, according to a Monday statement posted online.
Reopening the Corvallis and Bend campuses would first depend on state approval, but the university has drafted a “Pandemic Resumption Plan” to give its student community an outline of what to expect. The plan is modeled after guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Similar to the state’s framework for reopening, the university has a 3-phased plan, with the “best-case scenario” being a reopening for the fall term.
Elements of the plan to return to in-person instruction include classes with physical distancing, modified extension programming, and hybrid instruction. Remote technology would still be used to reduce classroom density.
“While there is uncertainty ahead for all of us, we want everyone to know that OSU is here for them,” said Edward Feser, Oregon State’s provost and executive vice president, in a statement. “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.”
The plan is still flexible and open to revision. The university invited students and staff to offer their feedback on how to best go about resuming on-campus curriculum while ensuring everyone’s health and safety. Comments or questions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org