Below you will find current information on BEE policies related to COVID-19.  Please be aware that this information can and likely will be changing as the situation evolves.  It is extremely important that we all actively reduce exposure and transmission opportunities to minimize the serious impacts of COVID-19 on human health and well-being.  If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact and

General COVID-19 Information

OSU remains open at this time, but all employees and students should work remotely if possible. Any OSU-related travel (e.g. travel to field sites, meetings) is not allowed without approval from BEE Department Head – see the guidance and approval documents.  In general, you should not be on campus without specific approval from your supervisor.  Gilmore Hall is currently open, but that will likely change in the near future.  OSU encourages all to limit personal travel as well.

In all cases, it is critical to practice risk reduction practices – Social distancing (minimum of six feet, avoid gatherings, high-risk locations/behaviors), frequent use of hand sanitizer, self-quarantine if ill, work/study remotely, eat/sleep well, etc.

Information for Students

Oregon State University Pledge: OSU students will stay on track to graduate. If a student was on an approved pathway to graduate this spring, but cannot because of changes to instructional delivery, a scholarship will cover the additional tuition needed to complete remaining credits in a subsequent term.

OSU residence halls, student housing, and dining halls will remain open.

Students who leave OSU residence halls to return to their home community to complete spring term will not be charged cancellation fees

All OSU Spring term courses will be held remotely.  This includes lab classes.  Classes meetings will be held via Zoom, OSU’s video conferencing provider.  All class meetings will be held at their scheduled times, but accessed via Zoom. To use  Zoom, you need an internet-connected computer/phone.  You will get “invites” to Zoom meetings before your class sessions.

  • If you have challenges with working remotely, e.g. no/poor internet, please contact john.bolte@oregonstate or your course instructor as soon as possible to identify options.  We are committed to minimizing potential disruptions for all our students, but will rely on you to identify problem areas for us.  If needed, BEE will be creating safe-distancing spaces within Gilmore Hall that will provide internet access. 
  • Ecampus instruction remains unchanged.
  • No penalty for Residence Hall Cancellations. 

Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses – and at Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) – will remain open during spring term. Student residents who choose to engage in their remote academic learning from their home community will be able to cancel their OSU residence hall contract without penalty. If a student chooses to return to their home community during spring term, their housing fees will be refunded on a prorated basis.

We anticipate that on our Corvallis campus many students will remain in residence halls during spring term. Students who choose to return to their home community are asked to fully vacate their residence hall room in coordination with University Housing and Dining Services and staff at OSU-Cascades and HMSC. Until further notice, all OSU dining centers that remain open will be operated in compliance with the state of Oregon’s rules of take-out operation for restaurants that serve the public.

Student services at all OSU campuses and centers will continue to be offered during spring term, although some will be offered at a reduced level. Fees may be revised accordingly.

Until further notice, Dixon Recreation Center on the Corvallis campus will not operate during spring term.

Research Labs/Groups

Move all research meetings to Zoom, Teams (preferred), or Slack. Lab staff should work remotely as much as possible. If on-site work is necessary, users are asked to self-monitor their temperatures on a daily basis prior to coming to campus. DO NOT come in if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, specifically a fever, dry cough, or difficulty breathing. In these cases, please self-quarantine and notify the appropriate medical authorities and the lab PI.

No in-person meetings unless absolutely required. PI’s will organize a communications strategy that works for their groups.  John Bolte or your PI will send a Zoom link for all meetings.

Work from home whenever possible. Minimize travel. Note that all OSU-related travel is suspended, and the personal travel is discouraged.

For ongoing (and time-critical) experiments that must be completed, please minimize your time in the lab and follow the social distancing requirements (6’ spacing minimum). While doing so, please make sure to follow proper lab safety protocols. Use your safety training.

Do not start a new experiment before checking with your supervisor.

If you need to access your campus-housed computer remotely, use remote desktop.  It allows you to connect to your campus-based machine from a remote computer. See for more information or contact

Limit people accessing the lab to only essential researchers while following strict social distancing guidelines.


No outside (non-OSU) visitors until at least April 30, 2020.


All lab users need to use the provided hand sanitizer at entry stations each time they enter (and/or wash their hands with soap and water); those using lab equipment and computers must wear proper gloves (i.e., nitrile or other suitable material). Frequently used experimental equipment must be wiped down regularly. Everyone in the lab must maintain proper social distancing — no one within a minimum of 6 feet of each other and preferably further. PIs must arrange to have all door handles and other common touch points to be sanitized three times a day, during the regular work hours.

Instrument Use:

We are only accepting instrument users capable of working without close supervision, and we ask that time spent in the lab is kept to an absolute minimum.


No lab equipment can be removed from the lab without written authorization signed by the PI.

All safety procedures and protocols (e.g., Environmental Health and Safety) that are normally in place must continue to be followed.

More Information

The latest information and guidelines for OSU faculty, staff, students and parents are available online at: