COVID-19 Regulations

Last updated: November 23, 2021

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. Athletic events on university-owned or -controlled property should follow plans and procedures approved by the local health authority, or Oregon Health Authority.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. This regulation is in effect until lifted by the UO President.


  1. 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.


  1. Responsibilities & Procedures
    1. Vaccine requirement: Faculty, staff, and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or request a vaccine exemption. Action for either option must be taken according to the following deadlines:
      • Students:
        • December 21, 2021 - New residence hall students
        • January 6, 2022 - All new incoming students for winter term
        • Students who do not complete either action will be subject to an immediate registration hold and may also 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 temporary rule: 333-019-1010 COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Healthcare Providers and Healthcare Staff in Healthcare Settings.
    2. Mandatory COVID-19 Testing: 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 will be 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.

    3. Face Coverings: Face coverings are required indoors in all UO facilities regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings can be removed when alone in a room. 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.

      Face coverings are no longer required outdoors.

      Exceptions to the mask regulation include the following circumstances:
      • While actively eating and drinking in any campus location except classrooms (Eating and drinking is not allowed in classrooms for fall term 2021)
      • While swimming
      • Children under the age of 2 should not wear a mask
      • Within Housing, in a student’s own residence hall room or family housing unit and in shared residence hall restrooms
      • A fully vaccinated instructor who is at least 6 feet away from an audience can remove their mask when all others in the room are masked. If the room cannot accommodate 6 feet distancing between an unmasked instructor and students, then the instructor must remain masked.

        Individuals who have a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe or a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a face covering can request an accommodation. Faculty and staff accommodations may be requested through Human Resources and student accommodations may be requested through the Accessible Education Center.
    1. Physical Distancing: Physical distancing is no longer to being required.* However, individuals are encouraged to keep distance when possible, especially when eating or if not fully vaccinated. *Oregon OSHA repealed the COVID-19 workplace rules on June 30, 2021.
    2. Symptom Screening: Faculty, staff, students, contractors, volunteers, and visitors that will be on-site at any UO location are encouraged to perform a daily health screening for infectious illnesses, including COVID-19 prior to coming to campus. Individuals should stay home when sick and seek medical care as needed. A guide for conducting a symptom check is available.
    3. Contact Tracing: Faculty, staff, students, contractors, volunteers, and visitors on-site at any UO location are expected to promptly collaborate with Human Resources (employees) or Corona Corps (students or local health officials) when contacted in relation to case investigation or contact tracing. Cooperation is necessary to aid in preventing further spread of the virus in university settings and in the community. COVID exposure guidance.
    4. Isolation and Quarantine: The UO’s requirements and recommendations for isolation and quarantine of students and employees are based on current isolation and quarantine guidance provided by the OHA and local public health authorities.
    5. Vaccination designated events: Attendees at designated university events and activities, as defined by the university and in consultation with the local public health authority, will be required to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test within the prior three days, 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. More information is available on the vaccination designated events page.


  1. Definition
    1. “Fully vaccinated” means an individual who has received a single dose vaccine or the second dose in a two dose series of a WHO “emergency use listed” COVID-19 vaccine, and at least 14 days have passed since the individual received the final dose.