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COVID-19 Resources

We all have a role in protecting the health and safety of the  University of Oregon community.

The UO is committed to safeguarding our community and creating healthy campus environment by monitoring COVID-19’s prevalence, adapting our operations and programs, requiring healthy behaviors, and working with public health partners to reduce the virus’ spread.  

What You Need to Know

Current Operations
Summer term instruction is remote. Some campus facilities like the EMU and School of Law are open to faculty, students, staff, and vendors or guests.
Fall Term
We are planning for a responsible and safe return to in-person instruction, following federal, state, and local orders and guidance. Additional information coming on August 26. Read more about our prevention efforts and our testing plans.

Return to Campus Plan (Coming Soon)
COVID-19 Cases
We report information about known positive COVID-19 cases among UO students and employees.
Prospective Students
Experience what it’s like to be a Duck through orientation and our virtual visits. The commitment deadline for undergraduate students admitted to the UO for fall 2020 has been extended to September 1, 2020. The housing deadline has also been extended to September 1.
We are planning for a mix of remote, hybrid and in-person classes in fall. Visit remote resources for students for more about staying connected with faculty, advisors, and other support.
Most employees are working remotely. The UO is offering a suite of programs to support employees and plan for their phased return to on-campus work.

Before You Come to Campus

Self-check daily and if you've had even one COVID-19 related symptom within the previous three days, stay home.

Face coverings are required inside all buildings and outside within 6 feet of others.

Thorough hand washing and avoiding touching your face help prevent sickness. Hand washing stations are also available throughout campus. 

Health and Safety Efforts

We are addressing COVID-19 and planning for in-person instruction through strategies focused in several key areas of effort. These efforts follow the guidance and orders of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority. They are flexible to adapt to the evolving situation and will be updated as needed.

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Each of us can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are working to create a healthy campus environment. There are steps you can take individually while we are taking steps as a university.

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Health and Wellness

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us in different ways. The University of Oregon has resources to support the health and wellness of students and employees during this challenging time. To learn more about how to stay healthy, what to do if you experience symptoms, how to support mental health wellness and other resources.

Additional Resources

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Testing, Contact Tracing, and Case Management

The university is monitoring the prevalence of COVID-19 in our region, and the capacity for our community and campus to limit the spread and manage infections.

We use the following indicators adapt our response and operations:

  • Percentage of positive cases – Oregon Health Authority

  • Access to quick testing

  • Access to contact tracing

  • Availability of treatment

  • Capacity of quarantine space

We are supporting COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and positive case management through a number of programs. Read more about our effort in these Around the O articles:

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Academics, Classes, and Study Abroad

We are planning for a mix of in-person, remote and online classes for fall term. Our goal is to provide quality instruction and academic engagement that supports student success in a healthy and safe environment.

Fall term academics will include:

  • Hybrid approach to instruction: small classes may be in person, classes over 50 will be taught remotely
  • Increased interactions between instructors and students

  • Options for students who do not want to in-person classes

  • Remote learning support for students

  • Instructional support for faculty​​​​​

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The university is resuming some on-campus research. The phased return for research reengagement includes guidance, procedures, and pathways to allow for the resumption of on- and off-campus research activities when and where possible.

Coming Soon

  • Field Work Research
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Tuition, Financial Aid, and Fees

Many students are dealing with serious financial disruptions related to the national response to COVID-19. Students may be eligible for help through the Emergency CARES grants, Students in Crisis Fund, or other aid.

The UO also offers a wide selection of scholarships, financial aid and work-study. In order to provide quality education now and in the future, the UO is not able to discount tuition.

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Housing and Dining

Providing students with a safe and positive living and learning environment is key to being able to resume on-campus activities. We are planning to reopen dining venues and allowing students to return to the residence halls, in accordance with CDC and OHA guidance.

Strategies to support a healthy environment include:

  • Reduced density in residence halls

  • No triple rooms

  • Physical distancing in common areas and dining areas

  • Enhanced cleaning

  • Education about healthy behaviors

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Human Resources and Employment

The UO is working hard to create a healthy working environment for UO employees who are working on campus and remotely. Human Resources offers a number of employment programs to meet the unique needs and challenges created by the pandemic.

In addition to those already on campus performing critical functions, those who conduct research or work with students, for example, will be among the first to return.

Human Resources is offering a number of COVID-19-related programs and resources for employees including:

Additional Resources

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All non-essential university travel is suspended until further notice. Faculty and staff may seek a waiver for essential travel.

Students traveling to any UO campus should follow their home location travel guidance. Information about study abroad is available in academics.

Visitors with official business are permitted on campus if they wear a face covering and follow all prevention guidance.

Additional Resources

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Events and Athletics

The university is following guidance provided by Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, and Lane County Public Health regarding all events, including athletic events.

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

The university is continually updating the FAQs as new guidance and information is shared from the CDC and local, state, and federal health authorities.

Messages and News

August 10, 2020

Updates from president and provost on fall term for Portland and Eugene campuses

August 10, 2020

President Schill shares information about fall preparations and plans for testing

August 10, 2020

Provost Patrick Phillips and Vice Provost for UO Portland Jane Gordon announced that all UO Portland classes will be remote for the fall 2020 term

August 6, 2020

Fall planning outreach from the Office of the Provost and Human Resources

August 3, 2020

UO anticipates ending in-person classes after Week 9, just before Thanksgiving.

July 30, 2020

How UO reports positive cases, fall housing information

All Messages and News »

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UO Experts Respond to COVID-19

In these extraordinary times, our faculty are conducting research and offering advice, solutions, and expertise on the coronavirus—its effect on us, our wellbeing, the economy, and society.

UO Experts in the News


Campus administrators and staff are actively working to monitor the situation and take precautions to protect the campus community. We have a long-standing university response protocol to support public health within our communities. The Incident Management Team is actively updating plans and protocols in coordination with local, state and federal health officials. Here are some additional resources you may find helpful to keep you informed.