COVID-19 Regulations

Last updated: May 27, 2022

To protect health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the university requires that everyone on campus follow the rules listed below. The UO actively updates plans and protocols to ensure best practices in coordination with local, state, and federal health officials.

Please review the university's temporary pandemic response regulations policy for additional information.

  1. Regulation Statement
    1. This regulation serves the University of Oregon’s (UO) goal to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. Further, it seeks to clarify and consolidate different regulatory frameworks in the context of applicability to the UO.
    2. Unless there is sector-specific (e.g. healthcare, childcare) federal, state or local guidance requiring a unit/department to implement alternative procedures, no unit/department or individual may institute different or more/less restrictive guidelines or procedures than found in this regulation.
    3. This university regulation may be revised as necessary to align with evolving federal, state, and local guidance. Where this regulation differs from state or federal mandates, the more restrictive mandate applies.
    4. This regulation is in effect until lifted by the UO President.
  2. Scope & Applicability
    1. This university regulation applies to all university employees, students, contractors, those with unpaid appointments, volunteers, visitors, and tenants on university-owned or -controlled property and it applies to all UO locations.
  3. Responsibilities & Procedures
    1. Vaccine requirement: Faculty, staff, and students are required to provide documentation of being up to date on COVID-19 vaccines or submit documentation of a vaccine exemption.
      • Students may request medical, religious, or philosophical exemptions for the entire vaccine series or for the booster portion of the series.
      • Employees may request medical or religious exemptions from the prime portion of the vaccine series and may request a medical, religious, or philosophical exemption for the boost portion of the series.
      • Instructions on how to submit documentation is available on the COVID-19 Vaccination page.
      • Failure to comply with this requirement may include disciplinary actions.
      • Healthcare employees are also subject to the following Oregon Health Authority rule: 333-019-1010 COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Healthcare Providers and Healthcare Staff in Healthcare Settings.
    2. Multi-day Program Participant Vaccine Requirement: The university will require participants of multi-day university activities as defined below, to attest to being up to date with COVID-19 vaccines or to having a medical or religious exemption to being vaccinated. If the event/program involves members of the public being invited to attend or registering to participate in any of the following, it must require the attestation:
      • UO hosted multi-day engagement on campus.
      • Participants come to campus for multi-week sessions where they engage with groups of people.
    3. Overnight Program Vaccination Requirement: Overnight programs that are hosted in University Housing facilities must comply with the following vaccination requirement. Event organizers must conduct a visual inspection that all participants meet one of the following criteria:
      • Proof of receiving prime doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
      • Documentation of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. OR
      • A positive test result for documentation of recovery from COVID-19 from no earlier than 90 days and no later than 10 days prior to the event.
      • For more information contact University Housing.
    4. Face Coverings: Face coverings are required health care settings. Face coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth. Mesh masks, lace masks, and other face coverings with openings, valves, holes, vents, or other visible gaps in the design or material are not in compliance with this policy.
      • Starting March 19, 2022, face coverings are optional indoors unless otherwise required by law or setting specific guidance, such as in health care settings.
      • Face coverings are no longer required outdoors.
    5. Isolation: The UO’s requirements and recommendations for isolation of students and employees are based on current isolation guidance provided by the CDC and local public health authorities.
  4. Definitions
    1. "Up to date" - A person is "up to date" if they meet any of the following:

      1. have received a booster dose

      2. have completed the two-dose primary series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last five months; or

      3. have received the primary dose of J&J within the last two months. 

    2. "Not up to date" - A person is "not up to date" if they do not meet any of the criteria for being "up to date" as defined above.