Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions regarding OSU-Cascades' response to COVID-19 and return to on-campus teaching, learning and activities in fall term 2021. 

  • For questions not answered here or regarding OSU’s response, click here.  

  • Questions and answers may be updated, so check back often. 

  • If you can’t find an answer to your question, contact covid-19@osucascades.edu.

Health and Wellness

OSU-Cascades prioritizes the health and wellness of the campus community. As community health improves, OSU-Cascades anticipates that various health measures that have been in place throughout the COVID-19 pandemic will be relaxed, in accordance with local, federal, state and OSU guidelines.   

Measures include:  

  • OSU will implement a COVID-19 vaccination requirement beginning fall term 2021 for students and employees who learn, work or engage on campus. Students must comply with this requirement by Sept.15, 2021. 

  • Classrooms with density in compliance with federal, state and OSU guidance.

  • Beaver Dam dining and Study Grounds coffee operations that follow public health guidance for restaurants. 

Other measures include access to individual testing, contact tracing in partnership with Deschutes County Health Services, wastewater testing, quarantine and self-isolation when necessary, and student access to care.

OSU’s Face Covering Policy and Physical Distancing Policy were terminated on June 30, 2021 and replaced with a general COVID-19 Safety and Success Policy. This general policy provides guidance on COVID-19 risk reduction requirements and recommendations, including the use of face coverings for those who are unvaccinated.

On May 4, 2021, OSU announced its intent to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students and employees who learn, work or engage with others in-person during classes or university activities.  

Students can now comply with this policy by confirming their vaccination status through the Student Health Services Patient Portal. Information on seeking exemptions to this requirement will be available by July 9, 2021. Students must comply with this requirement by Sept. 15, 2021. Visit OSU Student Health Services to learn more.

Non-participation in the vaccination program may result in formal discipline for non-compliance per university policy. For students, this may include registration holds or other actions per the university’s code of student conduct. OSU will provide continuous communication and education to students and employees on how all members of the OSU community can remain compliant. 

All Oregonians age 12 and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. To find a vaccination provider or clinic visit: 

Deschutes County Health Services Vaccine Information 

OSU Extension Vaccine Information 

Oregon Health Authority: Get Vaccinated Oregon 

CDC VaccineFinder 

 

Deschutes County Health Services provides a list of local testing locations.  You can also contact the OSU-Cascades Student Wellness Office health advisor at hannah.kuehl@osucascades.edu for more information.

 

Even with public health conditions improving, this is a challenging time for many students. The Student Wellness Office offers free counseling for OSU-Cascades students. No health insurance is needed, and a pre-diagnosis is not necessary. Counseling is provided by a licensed counselor and at this time via Zoom or telephone appointment. To schedule an appointment contact studentwellness@oscucascades.edu. Visit here to learn more.

Academic Instruction

OSU-Cascades is planning to deliver a fully in-person academic experience beginning fall 2021, with all classes and labs taught face-to-face.

At this time, we anticipate updated state guidance for classroom density. This guidance will determine the capacity, or density, of classrooms and labs. Even without updated guidance, our planning team is confident that our classrooms can accommodate in-person instruction for all courses that will be delivered in fall 2021. 

Classes will not be delivered via Zoom as they were during remote learning. If you are unable to attend classes, we recommend you work with your instructor to determine how to access instruction and course materials. 

Admissions

Yes. OSU-Cascades is currently still accepting applications for Fall 2021. Apply now.

Making a final college decision as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides may be challenging, but the OSU-Cascades Office of Admissions can help: 

  • Curious about what classes will look like for fall? Visit OSUcascades.edu/fall-2021.  

  • Still have questions about campus or next steps? Schedule an appointment with your admission advisor or schedule an in person tour

  • While first-year students are encouraged to confirm enrollment and pay the advance tuition deposit (ATD) by May 1, we are still accepting deposits at this time. Transfer students are encouraged to confirm enrollment and deposit no later than September 1 in Beaver Basecamp

  • After September 1, our Admissions team will work with students who still plan to enroll on a case-by-case basis. Keep in mind however that you will be better set for success for your first term at OSU-Cascades by following traditional admissions deadlines. 

  • Confirming your enrollment and paying the ATD is required to participate in an OSU-Cascades START Orientation.

Students who have been admitted for fall 2021 and wish to defer enrollment to a future term or year are advised to log in to Beaver Basecamp for details. 

 

We understand that high school or college courses in progress during the 2020 spring term, when K-12 schools were closed or course delivery methods changed, may display as incomplete, or with pass/fail grades, or as never completed on students’ transcripts. We also understand that the changes in course delivery during the 2020 spring term may have impacted students’ academic performance. Please know that:  

  • OSU-Cascades will not rescind admission or scholarships based on 2020 spring term grading decisions. Your final transcripts, when available, will need to be sent to OSU-Cascades indicating you have graduated.  

  • For terms beyond spring 2020, the admission committee will be aware of circumstances surrounding this period and how it reflects on applicants’ transcripts. OSU-Cascades will continue to take a holistic approach to applicant review. 

  • OSU-Cascades will accept and transfer coursework completed for pass credit. Spring term 2020 transfer courses completed as pass credit can be used to complete major-specific requirements for graduation. Writing and math courses needed to qualify for transfer admission may also be considered with a pass grade.

OSU is test-optional for fall 2021 and moving forward. Learn more about what your options are

Note: If you choose to submit standardized test scores, OSU prefers that scores are sent electronically from College Board (SAT) and/or ACT, but will also accept scores included on official high school transcripts.

Student Success

As our surrounding community becomes safer and healthier, opportunities for gatherings with fellow students are increasing in size and number, too. The Office of Student Life is developing a slate of student life activities for the 2021-2022 academic year — including outdoor adventures, club activities, student leadership activities and virtual activities, too — and all will follow federal, state, local and OSU public health recommendations. Watch for the fall 2021 schedule of events and learn more on the Campus Life web page.

Career Development

As OSU-Cascades returns to in-person instruction, the opportunity for in-person internships will also resume. The Career Development Center can support you in your search for an internship, whether your classes are in-person or remote. Schedule an appointment in Handshake or contact career@osucascades.edu.

If you are having trouble finding an internship, contact career@osucascades.edu to learn about options to fulfill your internship requirement. You may also contact your academic advisor to reschedule the internship to a later term.

Housing and Dining

To help ensure a healthy on-campus community, OSU-Cascades will limit occupancy in the residence hall to two students per room.  A live on-campus requirement is in place for first-year students. Local students planning to live at home must complete the housing application and apply for an exemption. Learn more about on-campus housing. 

 

 

The Beaver Dam’s menus will continue to emphasize fresh and healthy foods. Beaver Dam dining and Study Grounds coffee operations follow public health guidance for restaurants.  The Beaver Dam and Study Grounds are currently closed for summer term.

Facilities

OSU-Cascades uses heating, ventilation and air conditioning air filters recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers for each type of facility – office, lab, residence hall, recreational or classroom space.

 

In occupied buildings, we are increasing the intake of fresh air wherever possible in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recommendations. During the summer, in buildings that are unoccupied, airflow, heating and cooling have been reduced to conserve energy.

Buildings on the OSU-Cascades campus were designed for specific filters recommended by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The function of the space (office, lab, resident hall or classroom) determines the design of the system. Using HEPA filters in systems not designed for this type of filtering can lead to restricted airflow.

OSU-Cascades maintenance staff follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recommendations on designing a building's HVAC system, ventilating outside air into buildings and changing air filters on a schedule.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends several steps to improve ventilation in occupied buildings, including increasing total airflow and increasing the percentage of outdoor air. Both will decrease concentration of airborne contaminants, including viruses. Restricting airflow can have the opposite effect and contribute to mold growth and equipment damage.

OSU-Cascades maintenance staff will follow the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations on the timing to change air filters. Changing air filters more often is not recommended by these agencies. Viruses, unlike dust and other particulate matter, do not cause a filter to clog or fill faster. Changing filters more frequently than recommended poses more risk to the people changing filters with no added benefit to a building and its occupants.

OSU-Cascades Facilities and Operations staff reduced energy consumption by reducing heating and cooling, and allowing a wider fluctuation of indoor temperatures during this time. These changes reduced energy consumption by more than 50% while fewer people were on campus.

While energy usage has been reduced for all OSU-Cascades buildings during the COVID-19 response, a minimal amount of heating and cooling has continued in all buildings to protect the building, in accordance with American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recommendations.