Fall and winter term classes will have primarily remote and online instruction, with some in-person labs, studio experiences, and other small classes. This decision was made with the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff in mind.
What You Need to Know
- Fall and winter term classes will have primarily remote and online instruction, with some in-person labs, studio experiences, and other small classes.
- Any in-person instruction during the fall term will shift to remote on November 30. All classes will be fully remote, as will final examinations.
- Week 1 of winter term will be entirely remote before going to primarily remote and online instruction during week 2
- Online and remote classes will have enhanced curriculum and have been redesigned to improve interactivity, digital platform, and overall student experience.
- Campus will remain open for students to study and participate in other activities, following all appropriate physical distancing guidelines and other mitigation efforts.
- Advising will be offered remotely, with units keeping operational reception open for students who need support navigating remote resources. Workshops and programming will be offered in person and remotely. Limited in-person support will also be provided.
- The UO is hoping to resume travel-based study abroad programs in spring term or summer session in 2021. All programs remain under continuous review. As alternatives, the university is offering the following programs for students to maintain a global education while travel is limited:
Study Abroad Resources
Out of an abundance of caution, the University of Oregon will not sponsor study programs in fall term 2020 for UO students located in the United States. The Division of Global Engagement is offering many other options.
Academics, Classes, and Study Abroad FAQs
Will there be changes to the 2020 winter term schedule?
Week 1 of winter term will be entirely remote before going to primarily remote and online instruction during week 2.
In limited circumstances, such as with some labs, studio experiences, and other small classes, we will provide in-person instruction, in accordance with health and safety guidelines.
All of our students will have access to remote and in-person services, programs, and activities in places such as the libraries and Erb Memorial Union where strategies are in place to keep our community safe. There are plenty of quiet, supportive study spaces and on-campus wi-fi.
What factors did you consider when deciding to remain remote for winter term?
The decision to continue predominantly remote and online form of instruction in the winter was not easy. We considered the increase of COVID-19 cases nationally and the impact that could have on our campus and community, even as the numbers in Lane Country currently remain low.
We have listened to the best available public health guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and Lane County Public Health, two agencies that we’ll continue to closely coordinate with on an ongoing basis.
We have also learned valuable lessons from other states, communities and institutions of higher education about what works and, more importantly, what does not work as it relates to managing the spread of the coronavirus.
What is the difference between on-campus, remote, or online classes?
On-campus classes will show a physical location and time in the course listing. On-campus classes may have discussion sections offered both in-person and remotely.
Remote classes will show 00 REMOTE in the location and list a time. These classes normally would be held in-person, but due to current circumstances, have been modified to use alternative course instruction methods.They will have live engagement during scheduled class periods, so be aware of time zone differences if you are not located in the Pacific time zone. Remote classes may also have in-person discussion or lab sections.
Online classes will not list a time and will show 00 WEB in the location. These classes are purposefully designed to be delivered completely online. Online classes typically have regular deadlines, but do not require students to meet online or in-person.
All classes are can be accessed at classes.uoregon.edu.
If a class that is remote to start the term transitions to in-person instruction, will students have the option to continue to take the class remotely?
Yes. If a class that is remote to start the term adds in-person instruction, the university will provide online and remote resources for students who wish to continue the class remotely.
All in-person classes this fall will operate in accordance with health and safety guidelines.
What is the UO doing to ensure quality instruction and continued engagement for the students?
We are continuing to refine expectations of engagement for remote courses, including increased interaction between instructors and students.
We are providing ongoing instructional support to faculty through the provost’s faculty and GE support team and the Office of the Provost's academic continuity resources and guidance, which is continuously updated with workshops, trainings, and technical help.
If I am teaching in-person, how will my classroom be safely outfitted?
All scheduled classrooms have been reconfigured to provide a minimum of six feet of physical distance between seats and a new seat count has been recorded with the registrar’s office.
In classrooms with mobile furniture, a 10-inch floor sticker indicates proper seat location, and in theater-style lecture rooms, seats are locked with zip ties to ensure that occupiable seats are spaced appropriately.
Lecterns in many classrooms have been upgraded with plexiglass shields and enhanced AV to better support remote instruction.
Finally, sanitizing wipes are stationed outside of classrooms so that students can clean their spaces at the start of each class and facilities services will thoroughly clean and disinfect classrooms each night.
Are face coverings required in classrooms?
Yes. Face coverings are to be worn indoors at all times except when alone in a space. It is our responsibility to each other to wear face coverings when in shared spaces.
For additional questions related to the face covering requirement in classrooms, see our Prevention FAQs.
What should I do if I have concerns about my courses?
To report concerns about remote courses, students can email Course Concern.
What if I am sick and can’t attend my remote class?
If a student misses class due to illness, they should work with their instructor to make up any missed class work.
How many Community Education Program (CEP) credits can I take?
Increased CEP credit limits for fall 2020 and winter 2021:
- Undergraduate CEP students – 20 credits
- Graduate CEP students – 16 credits
Remote / Online Learning and Teaching
How do I access my classes remotely?
All classes are required to have a Canvas website for class instruction. You can log into canvas.uoregon.edu using your DuckID to access your classes. For more questions about accessing and using Canvas, visit Canvas support or Going Remote.
What other resources for remote learning are available to students?
The Duck Store is offering several resources including:
Free shipping on all orders to provide access for students who are studying remotely. This expanded service will be available until further notice.
Information Services has Chromebooks available as loaner devices for those who need a computer to continue their education remotely. Sign up for a loaner Chromebook. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
How can I access resources to support remote teaching?
A comprehensive list of resources for remote instruction can be found at academic continuity resources and guidance for faculty and instructors. You can use these building blocks to construct your fall remote course, including a starter syllabus and “welcome module” that you can customize and import directly into your Canvas site.
The Office of the Provost is currently developing college-specific workshops for remote instruction that will be available before fall classes begin. More information will be shared by deans and department heads as these trainings are scheduled for each school or college.
The Teaching Engagement Program and UO Online offer individual consultations for faculty seeking more support.
How do I get help with Canvas?
For assistance accessing Canvas for teaching, learning, and classrooms, visit Canvas support.
Where can students get help with Zoom?
I don’t have internet access; what are my options?
Students who do not have internet access can explore various temporary solutions.
To learn more about options, read about home internet options from Information Services.
For additional questions related to technology, see remote technology.
Is the library open?
The Knight Library, Design Library, and Price Science Commons & Research Library are open to faculty, staff, and students. The Price Science Library and Design Library doors will be locked, but ID cards can be swiped at the entrances to gain access.
UO Libraries building hours vary and they have modified their services and spaces to comply with University of Oregon COVID-19 regulations.
Are academic advisors still available for appointments or drop-ins?
Advising services across campus are available for appointments, which are offered remotely by video chat or phone. Advising offices that regularly offer drop-in advising services continue to do so remotely. Workshops and programming will be offered in person and remotely. Limited in-person support will also be provided.
Are tutors still available?
Tutoring and academic support remain available online through the Tutoring and Academic Engagement Center. You can access the online writing lab or schedule an appointment with a learning specialist using the Navigate app.
The following services are available online:
- Class Encore
- Remote drop-in and small group tutoring
- GRE test preparation workshops
What services will be available for students who stay in Eugene?
All of our students will have access to remote and in-person services, programs and activities, such as through the Erb Memorial Union, where strategies are in place to keep our community safe, as well as access to quiet, supportive study spaces and on-campus internet.
A two-week freeze ordered by Oregon Governor Kate Brown will be in effect statewide November 18 through December 2. The Student Rec Center, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be closed.
What is the university's plan for study abroad programs?
The UO is hoping to resume travel-based study abroad programs in spring term or summer session in 2021. All programs remain under continuous review. As alternatives, the university is offering programs for students to maintain a global education while travel is limited, including #NoPassportNeeded Elements and virtual international internships.
For additional information, visit the Global Education Oregon’s frequently asked questions.
Does the university have travel insurance to cover my trip cancellation?
The UO’s supplemental travel insurance policy provides coverage for medical care while traveling abroad and security evacuation. The trip cancellation benefit applies if an insured person has been advised by a physician that they are not medically fit to travel due to an illness or injury.
What if I plan to study abroad in winter 2021 or later?
The UO values the opportunity to provide students with a positive and safe study abroad experience. We are hopeful we will be able to offer this option to students as soon as feasible.
To ease decision making when applying for future study abroad programs, all study abroad deposits will be fully refundable; students will incur no financial penalty.
Can I transfer any Global Education Oregon study abroad scholarship to another program or term?
Yes. You may transfer any Global Education Oregon scholarship to any future program or term. Email Global Education Oregon with additional questions or concerns. For more scholarship information, visit Global Education Oregon.
I am an international student. Can I come back to campus?
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will help international students make plans for the fall and winter terms. More information is available in guidance for continuing students.
Is anything different with the law school since it’s on semesters?
Fall 2020 law school classes began August 24. For specific information regarding 2020 fall term, please see the Law School.
Plans for the 2021 spring semester are still under discussion. However, any law student who wishes to attend classes remotely in the spring will be allowed to do so.
I am a graduate student. What should I do to ensure that I keep making progress toward my degree?
We encourage you to communicate regularly with your advisor or program director about continuing to make progress toward your graduate degree. If you need further assistance, please email the Graduate School.
I am a graduate student and I had to take incompletes in one or more of my courses because of the COVID-19 situation. How will this affect my academic standing?
The Graduate School does not have a limit on the number of incompletes you can accumulate and still remain in good standing. However, some graduate programs do have such limits.
Please refer to your department’s requirements and consult with your graduate coordinator or the director of graduate studies with questions about your academic standing within the program.
What if I registered for an online course and need to take a proctored exam?
In-person proctored exams will not be held for online courses that would normally have this requirement. Instructors will develop alternative ways to handle exams and share them with the students in the course.
A small number of online courses may use ProctorU, but the requirement and associated fees would have been indicated prior to registering for the course.
I am a graduate student who is scheduled to take my comprehensive exams soon. Are there any accommodations available to complete exams remotely or in an alternative format?
Comprehensive exam policies and formats are set at the individual graduate program level, so you should consult with your department or program to discuss your options.
The Graduate School is encouraging programs to be as supportive as possible, but it is up to each program to make the determination about what accommodations can be made while maintaining academic integrity.
What online resources does the Graduate School offer for individual student support and community building?
The Graduate School offers a range of online webinars and one-on-one consultations on graduate education, resilience and well-being, writing, career coaching, community-building, peer mentoring, and more. If you have specific questions, please email the Graduate School.
For additional questions related to the Graduate School, see our Graduate School-related COVID-19 FAQs.