This week, Oregon State University released information about the school’s student move-in process, including “enhanced health and safety measures,” such as required COVID-19 testing for on-campus students and a specific schedule for move-in dates and times to promote physical distancing.
Move-in for the fall will begin on Sept. 18 and end on Sept. 22. Students moving in will be assigned a date and time to arrive to their on-campus residence and will be only allowed to bring two other people for their move.
Student Health Services and OSU’s TRACE-COVID-19 team will be providing a mobile testing lab at Reser Stadium. If a student tests negative, they will be able to move into their residence. If they test positive, they will be required to quarantine either at home or in a “designated isolation space” on campus.
The move-in process, with testing included, is expected to take up to six hours.
Though OSU recently announced that about 95 percent of Corvallis campus classes will be held remotely, the option to live on-campus is still available for students, and university officials are anticipating that 2,500 will choose this option. This is half of the normal 5,000 that live on campus in a typical year.
“To the greatest extent we can, we are offering students the ability to decide the location that works best for them to pursue their OSU studies,” Vice President for University Relations and Marketing Steve Clark said. “For some students, living in a residence hall may be the safest or best option for continuing their studies.”
Other health and safety measures that will be enforced for students living on campus include: more students living alone; twice-daily cleaning of community bathrooms and common touchpoints; each residence hall room being equipped with a microfiber cleaning cloth and bottle of surface sanitizer; all meals served at dining halls being served to-go, with delivery and pick-up options available; limiting visitors to residence halls to first floor spaces; daily self-health checks including temperature monitoring; and having isolation and quarantine spaces available in residency halls.
Students who end up having to isolate will still have access to academic and support resources, will have meals delivered, and a semi-private, suite-style bathroom will be available to them.
Under TRACE-COVID-19, OSU will be regularly conducting virus prevalence testing among the university population and will be monitoring the school’s wastewater for evidence of the virus which causes COVID-19. Should wastewater samples indicate evidence of the virus, students in that respective residence hall will be required to take another coronavirus test.
By Cara Nixon