COVID-19 Information

Oregon State University is committed to state, national and global efforts to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19, while appropriately continuing the essential activities of teaching and learning.

OSU’s latest updates, resources and response to COVID-19 »

We know that Ecampus students like you are located in all 50 states and all around the world. We hope that you are safe wherever you are and taking the necessary precautions to remain healthy.

Here is some important information regarding COVID-19 and how it might impact your studies in the coming weeks and months:

  • Some student services may experience a higher volume of requests than usual based on an increase in the number of students needing to access online resources and Ecampus staff members temporarily transitioning to remote work.
  • Please frequently check the university’s COVID-19 website for updated information.
  • You can visit the OSU Experience site for more information on student support and academic success. Please be aware that some content found there may be more relevant to campus-based students.

Frequently asked questions

Our goal is to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information about OSU’s response to COVID-19 and how it may impact your studies. As we receive additional questions, this list will be updated.

Since Ecampus students are not eligible for federal CARES Act funds, is there another way I can receive additional financial support?

Yes, from sources like the OSU Foundation's Beavers Care initiative and OSU's own institutional funds. You can apply for assistance by completing an emergency funding request through the Office of Financial Aid. Your academic advisors can give you additional information. We're dedicated to making sure you know how important you are to our community.

How will spring term be different for me?

Spring term Ecampus online classes are scheduled to begin on March 30 and proceed as planned. Ecampus classes will run as usual, with no changes to Ecampus tuition rates. We notified all Ecampus students on March 19 about OSU’s decision to deliver campus-based classes remotely during spring term. Learn more about how this decision could impact your studies.

What are the differences between remote and online classes? How do these compare to on-campus classes?

Ecampus online courses are delivered fully online in an asynchronous format. In other words, there is no set meeting time when all students need to attend. Ecampus online courses meet the same learning outcomes as traditional face-to-face courses. Many Ecampus courses feature robust multimedia content, such as video, animations, simulations, and interactive tutorials. Ecampus online courses are designed to encourage three forms of interaction throughout the term:

  • Student/content interaction, with an emphasis on active learning. Reading and watching video content may be part of the experience, but students should also expect to participate in more active ways and to reflect on their learning.
  • Student/student interaction, such as through discussion forums, group projects, and peer review, for example. Students in Ecampus courses are not studying in isolation and should expect to be a participating member of a learning community.
  • Student/instructor interaction, with faculty conveying disciplinary content, leading discussions, answering questions, providing guidance for students doing learning activities, and giving feedback on student work. Students in Ecampus courses will not attend live lectures, but will have many opportunities to engage with their instructors.

Normally, on-campus courses are taught in a synchronous format with those forms of interaction happening face-to-face. Faculty and academic units are working diligently right now to determine how courses that would have been taught on-campus will be offered remotely using educational technologies such as Canvas and Zoom in spring term. To ensure the quality of student learning experiences, faculty are attending extra trainings, creating course materials, collaborating with support staff and each other, and are finding creative ways to make sure students are able to keep learning during this unprecedented time. Fortunately for OSU students, many faculty members have online teaching experience with Ecampus courses and will be using many of the strategies and techniques courses to deliver their face-to-face courses remotely.

Regardless of whether courses are those that had planned to be delivered online through Ecampus or are face-to-face courses now being taught remotely, students should know two things:

  1. Each course, no matter how it’s delivered, will be customized to ensure that student learning outcomes can be met.
  2. That OSU staff and faculty are dedicated to helping students persist in their learning and succeed.

Will this change how I take exams?

On-campus proctoring in Milne will be closed through the end of spring term along with many other approved proctors around the world. While ProctorU is not required, we strongly encourage using them if you are in an area impacted by closures. If you are not in an area currently experiencing closures, please contact your proctor directly to confirm they will be able to proctor your exams before submitting them as your proctor.

For more up-to-date information, keep an eye on the Ecampus proctoring website.

Is the OSU Beaver Store impacted by the university’s COVID-19 response?

The OSU Beaver Store is operating as an online-only vendor for the length of spring term. They will be processing all orders, including textbooks, online. Course materials are available for electronic delivery (when in digital format), shipment, or pick-up at the campus store's outdoor service counter. Stay up to date on your continued access to course materials during the COVID-19 response.

Can I still access resources at the Valley Library?

Access to the Library’s physical space is limited to employees only. You can request digital copies of book chapters or articles and physical books that can be delivered to your home. Get access via the library's website. Requests from Summit Libraries are suspended for the immediate future, so the Libraries suggest using interlibrary loan.

For an up-to-date list of which library services are available, check out the OSU Libraries COVID-19 Updates website.

If I choose to take a term off from OSU Ecampus, is my financial aid impacted?

Please check with OSU’s Office of Financial Aid, your college and your direct funding source to see how a change in your academic plan could impact your financial award. The Ecampus tuition and financial aid page is a great resources for additional information about financial aid and important deadlines.

I'm an international student. Will this affect my visa status?

On March 13, 2020, the U.S. federal government provided an update revising the March 9 accommodations allowing U.S. institutions to temporarily allow international students -- based upon the COVID-19 situation – to participate in remote delivery of course material, Ecampus online or a combination of both course delivery options. Under the March 13 guidance, international students at Oregon State University will be able to maintain their immigration status during spring term 2020 while enrolled in traditional on-campus classes delivered remotely, or through Ecampus online classes, or a combination of both to meet their full-time enrollment requirements.

For more information, contact the Office of International Services.

Do Ecampus undergraduate students qualify for the 2020-2021 tuition freeze?

Put simply, no. While the university would prefer not to have any tuition raises, increasing operations costs and decreasing state funding make it impossible for us to do that.

The tuition freeze for the 2020-2021 academic year takes into account the pandemic and disruption on OSU students currently enrolled on campus in Corvallis and Bend – who expected onsite instruction – yet now are experiencing an abrupt change in their student experience as a result of the rapid shift to remote learning.

What should I be aware of before registering for campus-based courses?

Ecampus students who have enrolled in a Corvallis campus course may pay more in tuition and fees. For more details on where extra costs can come from, you can read our full March 26 Timely Update.

Also, any student who takes a Corvallis campus course is required to submit current immunization documentation before Week 7 of the term. If you have questions about the policy, check the OSU immunization website or contact the immunization coordinator in OSU's Student Health Services at 541-737-7573 or via email.

We don’t want to discourage your plan, but we do want you to be informed. If you have any questions, we can help you sort it out. Contact Ecampus Student Services at 1-800-667-1465, option 1, or send us an email.

Contact us

We recognize that during this time, you’re likely to need additional support. Schedule an appointment with an Ecampus success coach our reach out to our student services team. We’ll work with you to address your concerns and identify a path forward.

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