To: OSU Community Members
From: Becky Johnson, Interim President
Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President
May 4, 2021
Dear OSU Community Members,
We are looking forward to the continued decline of COVID-19 in Oregon and beyond, such that we can all be together again soon, as the benefits of learning, working and engaging together in person are profound.
Advancing vaccinations is a priority and our shared obligation as we continue to implement the university’s “Pathway to Fall” plan. A high rate of vaccination among our students, faculty and staff is needed to support the safety and well-being of our community and the communities in which we operate, as well as allow for the greatest access to in-person learning.
To contribute to the health and safety of our students, employees and broader community, we are announcing today that Oregon State University intends to implement a COVID-19 vaccination requirement beginning fall term 2021 for those students and employees who learn, work or engage onsite at OSU locations throughout Oregon. While students enrolled exclusively in online courses through Ecampus — and those who do not come onsite for university activities — are not required to be vaccinated, we strongly encourage everyone to obtain the vaccine as soon as possible.
This decision is in keeping with our April 23, 2021, announcement that a COVID-19 vaccination requirement at OSU was a possibility, pending findings from consultations with health authorities and our review of state and federal policies, advice from public health experts, and guidance from other organizations, such as the American College Health Association.
The vaccination requirement is intended for both students and university employees so that we achieve the highest level of population protection from COVID-19. Discussions with students, employees, Faculty Senate leadership and unions will continue through summer as we finalize OSU’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
The first step in that program is underway, with ongoing education and the promotion of vaccine availability. We will share further details as we finalize our vaccine requirement policy, including how students and employees will confirm they have been fully vaccinated or request an exemption. Pursuant to state and federal law, allowable exemptions may be based on a variety of medical, religious or non-medical reasons. Please visit the COVID-19 Safety and Success website for more information, including Frequently Asked Questions. The FAQs will be updated frequently.
Becky Johnson Edward Feser
Interim President Provost and Executive Vice President