Academics, Classes, and Study Abroad

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Academics, Classes, and Study Abroad

Fall 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

  • We will shift to primarily remote and online instruction for the fall term.
     
  • 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.
     
  • The course schedule is in the process of being updated to reflect the change to primarily remote and online instruction. It will be updated on September 4 with information on the status of each class.
     
  • 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.
     
  • For UO students located in the United States, the university will not sponsor study abroad programs in fall 2020. Future 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

Newly Admitted Students

What is the new decision day deadline for newly admitted students?

The commitment deadline for undergraduate students admitted to the UO for fall 2020 has been extended to September 1, 2020.

If you are an admitted student, continue to check DuckWeb, your email, and physical mailbox for continued updates. More information is available from admissions or you can schedule a virtual one-on-one meeting with an admissions counselor, housing representative, or student ambassador.


Classes

Will there be changes to the 2020 fall term schedule?

We will shift to primarily remote and online instruction for the fall term.

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.

Any in-person instruction will shift to remote after Week 9, just before Thanksgiving. Week 10 will be fully remote, as will final examinations.

All of our students will have access to remote and in-person services, programs, and activities in places such as the libraries, Erb Memorial Union, and Student Rec Center, where strategies are in place to keep our community safe. There are plenty of quiet, supportive study spaces and on-campus wi-fi.

Residence halls and dining options will remain available to students until the end of term.

What factors did you consider when switching from an in-person plan to remote?

The decision to move to a predominantly remote and online form of instruction in the fall 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.

When will I know if my class is online or remote?

The course schedule will be updated on September 4 with information on the online or in-person status of each class. 

What is the difference between on-campus, remote, or online classes?

Online Course: A class that was purposefully designed to be delivered completely online, with no or limited in-person meetings.

Remote Course: A class that normally would be held in-person, but due to unforeseeable circumstances, has been modified to use alternative methods for course instruction.

  • 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. Remote classes will have live engagement during scheduled class periods, so be aware of time zone differences if you are not on campus and schedule a remote class.Many remote classes will also have in-person discussion or lab sections while others will be remote to accommodate out-of-town students.Each discussion or lab section will be labeled as 00 REMOTE or will have a physical location and time listed to indicate it is in-person.

  • Online classes will not list a time and will show 00 WEB in the location. They can be completed at any time.

All classes are can be accessed at classes.uoregon.edu.

Can I take all remote or online courses and remain living out-of-state?

Yes. You can choose to schedule remote or online courses only and remain living out-of-state.

Can I make changes to my schedule after I find out if my classes are remote or in-person?

Yes. Current students are able to make changes to their classes. Information on the schedule for making changes to courses is available from the Office of the Registrar.

If a class that is remote to start the term transitions to in-person instruction this fall, 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 this fall, 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 spring and fall 2020:

  • 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?

See remote.uoregon.edu for access to a wide range of resources.

The Duck Store is offering several resources including:

  • Textbooks and digital course materials may be purchased or rented in-store at the main location or online through UODuckStore.com.

  • 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? 

Contact the Technology Service Desk or submit a help request through Zoom support

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.


Students in Eugene

I already moved to Eugene for fall term. Should I return home?

Although classes will be predominantly remote or online, many of our campus amenities, resources, and support services will be open and available for use by all students.

This includes on-campus internet and access to quiet study spaces in the library and elsewhere. In addition, some labs, studios, and small classes will be in-person as circumstances allow, with modifications to ensure we are following health and safety protocols.


Academic Support

Is the library open?

All UO Libraries locations are currently closed to the public, but books and library collections materials are being circulated via a pick-up window service. The library also continues to support remote teaching, learning, and research activities.

Libraries will be open and available to students during fall term. For more information, see UO Libraries’ COVID updates.

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.

Visit Advising Resources for more information. Please contact the Office of Academic Advising with any additional questions or concerns.

Are tutors available during summer terms?

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

The Tutoring and Academic Engagement Center is committed to your academic success and available to help. Visit them at engage.uoregon.edu or call us at 541-346-3226.

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 and Student Rec Center, where strategies are in place to keep our community safe, as well as access to quiet, supportive study spaces and on-campus internet.


Study Abroad

What is the university's plan for study abroad programs?

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, including GEO Elements and virtual international internships.

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 early as winter term.

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.

In the meantime, the Division of Global Engagement is offering many other options, including GEO Elements and virtual international internships.

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.


International Students

I am an international student. Can I come back to campus for fall term?

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will help international students make plans for the fall term. More information is available about fall 2020 guidance for continuing students.


Law School

Is anything different with the law school since it’s on semesters?

Fall 2020 law school classes begin August 24. For specific information regarding 2020 fall term opening, please see the Law School.


Graduate School

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 winter term 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.