COVID-19 Regulations

Last updated: May 2, 2022

To protect your health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak, 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 services 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 federal, state or local guidance (e.g., in healthcare, childcare) 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 be up to date on COVID-19 vaccines or request a vaccine exemption.
       
      • Primary vaccine requirement information. Action for either option must be taken according to the following deadlines:
         
        • Students:
           
          • March 21, 2021 - New residence hall students.
             
          • March 28, 2022 - All new incoming students for spring term.
             
          • Students who do not complete either action will be subject to discipline under the student conduct code.
             
        • Employees:
           
          • September 17, 2021 - All employees.
             
          • January 14, 2022 - All employees must upload documentation or request an exemption.
             
          • This regulation has the force of law pursuant to ORS 352.087. Failure of a University employee to comply with this regulation and its associated procedures will subject the employee to discipline up to and including termination.
             
          • Contractors, visitors, and guests are not subject to the vaccination reporting requirement.
             
          • 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.
             
      • Booster shot information. Action for either option must be taken according to the following deadlines:
         
        • March 18, 2022
           
        • Students who do no complete either action will be subject to discipline under the conduct code.
           
        • Failure of a University employee to comply with this regulation and its associated procedures will subject the employee to discipline.
           
    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. Mandatory COVID-19 Testing: Effective April 25, the required testing program is suspended. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated UO students and employees, those who choose an exemption, and newly hired employees who have not completed the vaccination requirement process were required to take part in weekly COVID-19 testing beginning the week of September 27, 2021.
       
      • Students subject to this requirement who do not meet the weekly requirements will be subject to penalties as well as discipline under the student conduct code.
         
      • This regulation has the force of law pursuant to ORS 352.087.
         
      • Failure of a University employee to comply with this regulation and its associated procedures will subject the employee to discipline up to and including termination.
         
    5. 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.
         
    6. 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 are boosted, have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last five months, or completed the primary does of J&J within the last two months. 

    2. "Not up to date" - A person is "not up to date" if they are unvaccinated, have not completed the primary series of any COVID-19 vaccine, have completed the primary series of Pfizer of Moderna over five months ago and is not boosted, or have completed the primary series of J&J over two months ago and is not boosted. "