Academics and Research

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Academics and Research

Summer classes will be primarily remote and online, with some in-person classes. Academic and research activities are returning to on-campus following health and safety protocols. Fall 2021 classes will be primarily in-person.

What You Need to Know

  • Summer term classes will be primarily remote and online, with some in-person labs, studio experiences, and other small classes.

  • Fall term will be mostly in person.
     
  • Academic units developed departmental resumption plans to address how physical spaces will be managed to limit the spread of COVID-19. These academic plans are fluid and will adapt to changes based on resumption guidance released by the state of Oregon, Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.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.
     
  • As of April 15, more than 30 international study abroad programs are approved for travel by the UO for summer term 2021. These programs will proceed as planned unless any unforeseen circumstances or travel restrictions require program cancellation. Students must follow all safety protocols, including the requirement of a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, visit the GEO website
  • UO researchers are involved in projects to support COVID-19 prevention, recovery and response including the Monitoring and Assessment Program, the Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility and others.
     
  • We will continue to support research activities following all campus and public health guidance. Operations will continue to expand under the staged approach for research recovery established over the past 15 months.

Study Abroad Resources

The UO is now accepting applications for travel-based study abroad programs in summer and fall terms in 2021, which will only run if pandemic conditions permit safe operations. All programs thus remain under continuous review, and all student travel is subject to UO travel approval.

Public Research Projects

Genomic Sequencing

The UO’s Genomics & Cell Characterization Core Facility (GC3F) houses advanced genome sequencing capabilities and provides these resources to researchers at the University of Oregon and other leading institutions. The lab has reconfigured its equipment to detect RNA mutations to assist state and national efforts to track variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Genomic Sequencing FAQ

Academics, Classes, and Study Abroad FAQs

Classes

Will 2021 Summer term be remote?

The UO is planning summer term sessions to be a mix of remote, hybrid, and in-person courses, as they have been in spring. We may offer more in-person classes as the summer goes on, if Oregon Health Authority guidance for higher education is updated. We are planning to be mostly in person for fall term.

What factors did you consider when deciding to remain remote for spring term?

With COVID-19 still prevelant in our community, state and nation, we must continue to limit in-person instruction by offering primarily remote and online modes. We must all continue to do our part to reduce the spread of the virus.

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

Academic Support

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.

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

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

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 libraries and 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.

Operations are in-line with Lane County's current risk level under Governor Brown's health and safety framework. Check the COVID-19 building status interactive map for building hours and access.
 

Study Abroad

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

As of April 15, more than 30 international study abroad programs are approved for travel by the UO for summer term 2021. These programs will proceed as planned unless any unforeseen circumstances or travel restrictions require program cancelation. Students must follow all safety protocols, including the requirement of a COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, visit the GEO website.


International Students

I am an international student. Can I come to campus?

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will help international students make plans for student travel as needed. Up-to-date resources are available on this webpage: guidance for international students.


Law School

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

Fall 2021 instruction for the Law School will be predominantly in person. Whenever we meet in person, we will observe all safety requirements. As a reminder, the first day of fall term is August 23, 2021. Orientation for 1Ls will begin the week of August 16, 2021.


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 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.


Research FAQs

NOTE: For additional questions related to research, please see our research-related COVID-19 FAQs.

What are the university’s recovery plans for research?

The Research IMT, in coordination with Environmental Health and Safety, Center and Institute directors, and other campus stakeholders, have implemented a Staged Approach for Restarting Research Activity plan that outlines immediate next steps and a path for resumption of research activities

What research activities are currently permitted? How do I obtain approval?

Please review OVPRI’s staged approach for restarting research activity for a comprehensive overview of current stage and permitted activities, guidance, and approval processes for pursuing research that cannot be conducted remotely. Each progressive phase/stage allows for more research activities to occur than earlier phases/stages. Note that all earlier phase/stage activities remain permitted.

All research activities must comply with OVPRI enhanced cleaning and distancing guidance. All human subjects activities must follow guidance on engaging in human subject research during OVPRI COVID-19 recovery stages. All research involving travel must seek approval from IMT's Travel Advisory Group.

What guidance have the federal agencies given in response to the COVID-19 outbreak?

Federal funding agencies continue to provide guidance on deadline extensions, flexibilities, and allowances related to COVID-19. The Council on Governmental Relations maintains an active list of federal agency notices. We also continue to review and address federal guidance on our research-related COVID-19 FAQs.

What about my upcoming grant proposal? Will it still be submitted?

The UO’s sponsored projects services is committed to continuing to provide comprehensive services pertaining to grants, contracts, and competitive awards. The unit is working remotely and submitting proposals without interruption.

Please make sure to create an Electronic Proposal Clearance System record for any anticipated grant submissions as soon as possible to help SPS anticipate upcoming workloads.

What if I need an extension of my proposal submission deadline?

Many federal agencies, including National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, have extended deadlines or are permitting late applications within a certain window.

For more guidance from sponsors on extended deadlines and late submissions, see research grants, contracts, and competitive awards in our research-related FAQs.

Please contact your pre-award sponsored projects administrators if you believe that you have a COVID-19-related reason for needing an extension.

Will there be other guidance regarding research matters in response to COVID-19?

For additional questions related to research, see our research-related COVID-19 FAQs.

Are all positive COVID-19 samples identified through the Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) also tested for a variant form of the virus?

No. Only a fraction of the positive tests MAP conducts meet the criteria for genomic sequencing, which requires a high concentration of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Can public health authorities perform contact tracing on samples in which a variant is found?

Yes. Results from variant sequencing will be reported to public health authorities to be used for public health purposes, such as contact tracing and outbreak detection. Because the variant sequencing results are not intended for clinical diagnoses or treatment, we are unable to disclose individual level results or data, consistent with state law guidance.