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 working remotely.
  • Please frequently check the university’s COVID-19 website for updated information.
  • Ecampus always follows the timelines, dates and deadlines set by the university. Please check the site above to ensure that you're informed for your classes.
  • 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.

What is happening for fall term?

As of August 11, Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus will deliver most courses remotely in the fall in order to help minimize the possible spread of COVID-19 among students and employees. You can read the full statement online.

These instructional changes for the Corvallis campus shouldn’t impact your online studies with Ecampus. Nevertheless, we recognize that you are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Ecampus students like you manage a great deal of life responsibilities in addition to your academic endeavors, and these circumstances present more challenges.

No matter what your situation is, we’re here for you.

Here are a few of the valuable resources available to you as OSU Ecampus students:

  • Success coaching: You can receive one-on-one academic support from a dedicated Ecampus success coach to overcome challenges and set goals.
  • Ecampus financial hardship grant: Ecampus sets aside limited funds to help distance students experiencing financial hardship that interferes with academic progress.
  • Ecampus Learning Community: Connect with other online OSU students to share experiences and offer support and advice.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services: As an Ecampus student, you may be eligible for a range of counseling services from a distance.
  • Human Services Resource Center: Various support programs are available for students who need assistance with food security, housing and basic support.

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.

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.

Will COVID-19 change how I take proctored exams?

On-campus proctoring in Milne and many other approved proctors around the world will be closed indefinitely. 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.

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. Learn more about the process here. Your academic advisors can give you additional information and help you with the request process. We're dedicated to making sure you know how important you are to our community.

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.

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.

Can I update my FAFSA to reflect income changes because of COVID-19?

If you have had a significant loss of income that was not captured on your FAFSA, you can reach out our office about the Special Conditions Appeal process. In some cases, the Special Conditions Appeal may be used by undergraduate students to update the FAFSA with new information that results in eligibility for need based aid. Learn more about the appeal process and requesting a preliminary review.

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

At this time, we encourage all international students to refer to the Office of International Services for timely information regarding visas and more.

Can I still access resources at the Valley Library?

As of July 16, the Valley Library plans to reopen its main floor in September for fall 2020. They still plan to provide the digital services that have been available since the start of the university's COVID-19 response. Get access to those services via the library's website.

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

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

The OSU Beaver Store is open for in-person and online purchases. They're taking extra steps to keep customers and employees safe and healthy. See how the Beaver Store is responding to COVID-19.

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.