This COVID-19 resource page has been created to provide HR-related information and resources for employees and supervisors. Please check back often as updates are made in response to new policies and laws.

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COVID-19 Leave

Guidance from Health Insurance Providers

Benefits/EAP Resources

Beyond Benefits EAP has resource guides and webinars developed specifically to help employees navigate COVID-19 challenges.

Resource Guides

  • Financial Resiliency
  • Grief and Loss
  • Navigating Life at Home
  • Staying Healthy at Work
  • Working Remotely


Care@Work Resource Center Membership Service: Resources for care of family members

  • Coronavirus may create coordinating care for dependents a challenge. OSU Students and Employees can access without having to pay a membership fee.  This service can assist with finding care for your child/pet/elderly family member/house according to your schedule and budget.  Employees can use OSU's portal to search for care providers nearby without paying memberships costs.  Employees have access to view thousands of provider profiles, view references, and request background checks.  Caregivers can be found and hired there for short-term, long-term, or one off situations. Go to to utilize this resource.
  • More information on can be found on the Work Life Resources & Services page
  • Work Life Webinars

Supervisor Tips & Resources

 A supervisor cannot require an employee to leave based on their perception of what the employee is experiencing in terms of symptoms. In this instance, the supervisor should remind the employee about OSU’s COVID Safety & Success policy that requires employees who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to refrain from engaging in work activity associated with their OSU employment. Supervisors should also remind employees of leave options available to them. Supervisor support and further situational guidance is available through a Senior Employee and Labor Relations Officer.

If an employee is sick, it is essential that supervisors express concern for the employee’s well-being and advise the employee to stay home and isolate. Supervisors should advise the employee immediately to contact by phone their primary care provider, or if they are seriously ill, contact by phone an emergency medical care provider. Employees must fill out a Positive Case Communication form to assist in contact tracing. If the employee does not have a primary care health care provider, they can contact Student Health Services or the local county health department in the community in which they reside for referrals. Employees who engage with others outside of their household as part of their work at OSU or have been on-site at an OSU location in the previous 10 days and have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, are required to inform OSU. Additionally in that case, supervisors must review the Positive Case Notification website to learn about necessary notifications and next steps.

Vaccines and testing required by OSU may be done during work hours with pre-arrangement through the employee’s supervisor.

Should families have transitional needs for flexibility in the workplace related to securing childcare arrangements heading into fall term 2021, they should discuss these needs with their supervisor. Supervisors may support short-term employee needs associated with organizing for childcare arrangements on a situational basis.

The university recognizes that OSU parents may need to keep children home due to required quarantine or isolation protocols within K-12 schools. This may require an OSU parent or guardian to stay home to provide care.

OSU is providing faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student employees an additional block of 80 hours of paid COVID-19 leave pro-rated based on FTE. This block of leave is intended to support employees at this new stage of the pandemic. This leave may be utilized Sept. 16, 2021, through June 30, 2022. It may only be used for the following reasons:

  • Time off for the employee to quarantine or isolate as outlined in the OSU Quarantine and Isolation guidelines.
  • Time off to care for a family member who is required to quarantine or isolate.


Remote work arrangements during this time may also be appropriate depending on the situation and as arranged between the employee and their supervisor.

As a reminder, the university does not support introducing children into OSU work environments during COVID-19. Bringing children, even older teenagers, to work is not an acceptable child care strategy. During Covid-19, supervisors are not authorized to approve such arrangements.

The OSU Family Resource Center on the Corvallis campus is available for consultation regarding child care arrangements. Additional information provided by the Oregon Department of Education Early Learning Division can be found at the Oregon Early Learning website.

OSU’s new employee assistance program Beyond Benefits also can help.

Please contact with additional questions.

OSU COVID-related Calendar