On March 18, 2020, Provost Feser sent a message to the university community detailing the university's plan to implement remote teaching for all of Spring 2020. Winter and Spring '21 will be offered through both remote and in-person classes. We provide information below on how these decisions will affect Office of the Registrar processes. For more information on remote learning, please visit the Keep Learning site. For more information on remote teaching, please visit the Keep Teaching site. For more information on OSU's Pledge to graduating students affected by the changes under COVID-19, please see this site.

*Please note that this page will be updated as changes occur. Check this and the COVID-19 FAQ page frequently for any updates to your questions.*

FAQs for Students

FAQs for Advisors

FAQs for Faculty


FAQs for Students

What’s changing for Spring '21?

Updated March 31, 2021

The deadline to elect S/U grading for Spring '21 courses is being postponed to Monday, May 31, 2021 at 5pm Pacific Daylight Time.  All other rules about S/U grading are unchanged.

The last day to withdraw from a course online for Spring '21 is Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:55pm Pacific Daylight Time.

Does this mean I can use S/U classes in my major?
Updated November 12, 2020

What can/cannot be graded as S/U is unchanged from Academic Regulation 18, Academic Regulation 20, and your specific major requirements. You should consult your Academic Advisor if you are unsure what courses can be graded as S/U.

Do these S/U grades count toward the 36 credit maximum for my degree?

Updated January 19, 2021

Yes, S/U courses for all terms after Spring '20 will count toward the maximum of 36 credits that can be graded as S/U.  S/U grades from Spring ’20 did not count toward the 36 credit maximum.

Will there be a note on my transcript about the S/U extension like there was in Spring '20?

Updated November 12, 2020

No. The S/U extension will not be noted on the transcript because there is no change to the major requirements or total credit allowances (only the deadline) related to S/U grading. However, there will be a basic COVID-19 comment on the transcript about most courses offered remotely for that term.

Will I be required to come to campus to take my group mid-term exam for a remote learning class?

Updated August 14, 2020

No. Sections offered remotely will have remote exams. Please contact the department or instructor for details.

What is remote teaching delivery?

Updated August 4, 2020

Remote teaching delivery is when a faculty member facilitates the delivery of their in-person course instruction from a different location by using tools such as Canvas and Zoom. A faculty guide to remote teaching delivery is available on the Keep Teaching website. Additionally, there will be online and telephone resources readily available to help students navigate all aspect of online delivery, including Zoom, on the Keep Learning website . Remote teaching delivery is not the same as offering a course online though Ecampus.

You can search for classes that are fully remote by using the "Remote Learning" filter in the Schedule of Classes. Also search for "Blended" classes, which will have both remote and in-person elements [see image below].

The Schedule of Classes lists my classes will be remote learning. Will this be for all of the term, or is that subject to change?

Updated July 24, 2020

If your course is marked as remote learning, it will remain that way and be remote for all of the term. If you happen to be registered for some courses that are listed as on campus (have a building/room location), those may change to remote learning but also may be on campus. It is safe to say that anything currently listed as remote learning will stay that way for fall term.

As an OSU student, what should I be doing to participate in remote teaching delivery?

Updated March 13, 2020

Prepare to use Canvas, our learning management system, as well as Zoom, OSU’s web-conference tool. These tools are already available to all students and you likely have experience with them from previous classes. If you need assistance, please contact the Community Network Service Desk at 541-737-8787, or visit this support website.  

How do students submit various forms (e.g. Modify Course Credit, Petition for Late Change of Registrarion) to the Office of the Registrar while on-campus activity is curtailed?

Updated March 20, 2021

The Office of the Registrar does not accept digital/electronic signatures for non-digital forms. We are temporarily loosening our requirement for written signatures. In lieu of written signatures, current students can submit forms from their OSU email account to [email protected]. Forms requiring an advisor’s signature should be sent from the student’s OSU email account to the advisor’s OSU email account. Approved forms can be sent from the advisor’s OSU email account to the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar will work to obtain additional required signatures as needed.

Some forms, like the Change of Grading Basis and the Enrollment Verification forms, are digital and obtain signatures through authentication.

Will I still be able to call the Office of the Registrar if I have questions?

Updated March 16, 2020

We ask that questions be emailed. That will be the most effective way for our office to answer and we will follow-up with a phone call if needed. For inquiries on general office processes, petitions, and forms, please contact [email protected]

I'm a student who has issues with my technology specifications and/or Internet access. What do I do?

Updated March 16, 2020

Please reach out to the IS Service Desk.

Will the shift to remote teaching impact my VA education benefits?

Updated April 10, 2020

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies, such as COVID-19. This includes allowing students to continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance or subsistence payments for on-campus courses that have been converted to remote teaching. 

With the cancellation of in-person START orientation, how do I get more information about using my VA education benefits at OSU?

Updated March 18, 2020

While we will no longer hold the in-person VA and Military Benefits session, you can review our website for information on getting started with these benefits at OSU. We are available for questions at [email protected]. You should receive information directly from your college to arrange for advising and registration.

Why does my transcript show multiple term comments that say, "COVID-19 disruption: Remote-learning and S/U policy extension?"

Updated June 22, 2020

Because of the significant disruption of COVID-19 on teaching and learning during the spring term, the Office of the Registrar has inserted Spring 2020 transcript notation to provide the viewer of the transcript additional context for students’ performances during this term.

The note also references the relaxation in the S/U restrictions which normally limit the use of the S/U grading basis in many OSU degree programs. Because these restrictions were loosened during spring, this transcript notation provides additional context regarding this unprecedented term.

While the unofficial web transcript duplicates the notations for students who are taking courses across levels in the term, the official transcript displays these notations appropriately on each level section of the official transcript.

Questions about the transcript notation may be directed to [email protected].


FAQs for Advisors

I'm asking my advisees to meet with me remotely. How do I ensure I maintain FERPA protections?


Updated March 16, 2020

We ask that you use the tools licensed for University use as much as possible. Zoom requires users to sign-in through authentication, which meets FERPA standards. If there are no reasonable ways for your advisee to use Zoom and you must do a phone appointment, please confirm the student's identity by asking 3 non-directory information questions you can ask based on the information available to you in MyDegrees. Examples:  What is a class you are registered for this term? What grade did you receive in XXX last term? What is your GPA? What is a course you transferred from XXXX College?

Due to social distancing recommendations, you may meet with an advisee who is in the presence of others. The student must use discretion regarding their privacy and meeting remotely. 

My advisee asked if their parent/partner/friend could listen to our Zoom/phone conversation. Is this allowed?

Updated March 16, 2020

You should confirm that the student has a Consent to Release Information form on file. If the student does not, please ask them to submit this form for future appointments. As a temporary solution, please ask the student to send, from their OSU email address only, an email stating, "I consent to allow [name of person] to join me for my advising appointment on [date] because [purpose for the person joining]." These are required elements under FERPA. This is a one-time, temporary solution and does not authorize future release; the student should submit the Consent to Release Information form.

How do students submit a Petition for a Late Change of Registration Form?

Updated April 27, 2020

In lieu of written signatures, current students can submit forms from their OSU email account to [email protected]. Forms requiring an advisor’s signature should be sent from the student’s OSU email account to the advisor’s OSU email account. Approved forms can be sent from the advisor’s OSU email account to the Office of the Registrar. In addition, to better facilitate submitting this form, since it requires multiple signatures, we suggest the following:

• Use a subject line that includes the student’s name and type of request. For example: Eileen Test-Student Late Add WR 101

• Clearly indicate your role at OSU and relation to this petition. For example: I, instructor of WR 101, approve Eileen Test-Student’s ID 933012345 petition to late add WR 101.

• Include additional information/comments that would normally be written on the form in the body of your email.

• Encourage folks to reply to the same email thread. It is much easier for our team to track one email thread than it is several separate emails all about the same petition for the same student.

• Keep the student cc’ed on the email approval responses throughout the process so they are aware of the status of their petition.

As a reminder, completed petitions that are received by noon on Thursdays will be reviewed by the Academic Requirements Committee the following Wednesday. We’ll follow up with the student once a decision has been made and (if approved) once the student’s registration request has been processed. Incomplete petitions will be returned to the student unprocessed and will delay action on their request.

FAQ for Faculty

Where can I find reduced, social distancing (COVID) capacities for university classrooms?

Updated July 14, 2020

Academic departments/colleges and the Office of the Registrar worked to determine reduced, social distancing (COVID) capacities for university classrooms to accommodate appropriate social distancing for in person instruction. Those new capacities can be found via this Box Document, which may be updated as new information becomes available. 

Is there a way I can use a campus lab or classroom to deliver remote instruction?

Updated September 11, 2020

For faculty seeking to use a physical space on the Corvallis campus to deliver instruction, please reach out to your Department Scheduler.

For assistance in securing a physical space at OSU-Cascades, please contact Konnie Handschuch, Schedule Specialist.

Can I record my lecture to show in other classes?

Updated April 17, 2020

If you have students participating in the lecture (e.g. via Zoom), their names and faces cannot be displayed to other classes without students’ express written consent (or for spring 2020 only, electronically obtained via authentication). Alternatively, you may edit your recording to remove student information.

Can I record my lecture for students enrolled in the class where it was recorded to view at a later date?

Updated April 17, 2020

Yes, you may. If student interaction occurs during the recording, you must ensure that the recording can only be accessed by those students enrolled in the class.

What if I teach several sections of the same class—may I record the lecture for one section and post to other sections?

Updated April 17, 2020

OSU’s interpretation of FERPA sees students in combined sections of the same course and the same learning modality (e.g. on-campus/remote; Ecampus) as being enrolled in the same course. If possible, we advise you to edit out student information.

How do I edit out student information?

Updated April 17, 2020

Kaltura allows instructors to capture lectures and edit videos before posting. Please consult Academic Technology for assistance with Kaltura.

Where can I learn more about how to instruct students on turning off their video or changing their name on video platforms?

Updated April 17, 2020

Academic Technology provides support for video platforms.

Can I record my virtual classroom activities for research?

Updated April 17, 2020

Research involving capturing audio/visual information requires review from the Human Research Protection Program.  Please consult with Allyson Dean in the Office of the Registrar to determine what FERPA requirements might apply to your research.

Who should I contact if I have questions about FERPA rights in my virtual classroom?

Updated April 17, 2020

You may contact Allyson Dean in the Office of the Registrar with FERPA questions.


**Please see additional Faculty and Staff Resources here.**