Campus Operations, Events, and Athletics

The university is following guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and county health authorities regarding our campus operations, building access, and events and activities.

What You Need to Know

Access to Campus Buildings

The University of Oregon campus is currently open to students and employees but is closed to the general public, per statewide executive order.

To reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading, buildings that are open are operating with lower density, restricted flow of access, with enhanced cleaning, and in some cases, increased air handling. Face coverings are also required in all university buildings, and outside within six feet of others.

The COVID-19 building status map lists the operational status of university buildings. They are listed in one of three categories: open, limited access, or restricted.

If a building is not on the map, it should be considered to have a default status of restricted.

Open Facilities
Open facilities will be physically unlocked at strategic entryways during the posted hours, and will be available to faculty, staff, and students for various activities.
Limited Access Facilities
Limited access facilities will remain locked and accessible to those faculty, staff, and students who need access through their UO ID card or via other controlled access.
Restricted Facilities
Restricted facilities will remain locked but will be accessible to faculty and staff through their UO ID card or other controlled access. These facilities will be available to students by appointment only.
 
You should be prepared to show your UO ID card when visiting open facilities. UO ID cards will be required to gain entry to limited access and restricted buildings.

Campus Operations, Events, and Athletics FAQs

Campus Operations

How is the UO planning for fall term and beyond?

On August 26, President Schill announced that the UO 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.

This decision was made with the safety of our students, faculty, and staff in mind and in coordination with the Oregon Health Authority standards for higher education, local public health authorities requirements, and informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

Our campus buildings will not be open to the general public, however, to assist in reducing density on campus and to keep our spaces focused on the UO’s core missions of instruction and research.

We will welcome as many freshmen as possible to join us in Eugene for an in-person experience and to access a wide range of academic seminars and faculty-led discussions, dozens of Academic Residential Communities (ARCs) and First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs), an expanded Faculty Fellows program, a full complement of academic and career advisors (online and in-person), student clubs and affinity groups, the campus recreation center, organized outdoor activities, and much more.

How will the UO decide when it’s safe to bring students, faculty, and staff back to campus?

The University of Oregon has partnered with Lane County Public Health to monitor and assess a number of factors related to the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Decisions about operations will be based in part on the COVID-19 alert level in the county, which considers the following factors:

  • Increase or decrease in COVID-19 transmission in the local community
  • Increase or decrease in COVID-19 transmission tied to UO facilities or operations
  • Changes in Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health mandates and guidance
  • Changes in the county status related to the Oregon reopening phases
  • Sufficient and effective community-wide testing, contact tracing and healthcare capacity
  • Observational evidence of UO on-campus community practice of public health disease control measures
  • Inventory levels for critical supplies to manage the spread of the disease on campus

How can employees access campus, and what measures are being taken to protect the security of campus buildings?

The COVID-19 building status interactive map shows current campus building access and status.

Members of the campus community should be prepared to show their UO ID cards when entering open facilities. UO ID cards are required to gain entry to limited access and restricted buildings.

Researchers and research staff are required to log their on-campus research activity via the OVPRI on-campus research form.

Does UO campus mail still do mail pickups and deliveries?

Campus Mail Services is continuing to deliver and pick up campus mail daily. The campus mail delivery schedule will be reviewed weekly and adjusted based on university need. For more information visit Campus Mail Services.

What is the university doing about campus construction projects?

All contractors currently working on projects at the UO have been directed to follow all federal, state, and local requirements and guidelines with regards to COVID-19. That includes guidelines on social distancing, additional hand washing stations, and disinfecting of surfaces and objects.

Per federal and state directives, all contractors are expected to implement the appropriate protocols to address a potential situation where an employee reports that they have tested positive to COVID-19.

The university continues to monitor the situation closely. Any decision to suspend work on projects will be made in consultation with contractors and state and local health authorities.

Are there any changes in the Student Rec Center's operations?

The Student Recreation Center reopened on September 21, 2020. Maximum capacity for each space is posted throughout the facility, and access will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Live counts for each space are available at Return to the Rec.

If you have a question about PE or Rec Center membership or program, please email the Student Rec Center.

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. For more information, see UO Libraries’ COVID updates.


Campus Events

I’m attending an event on campus. Should I cancel or attend?

If you have questions about your specific event, please contact your event organizer.

Will 2020 graduates have the opportunity to attend an in-person ceremony at a later date?

Yes. An in-person commencement is scheduled for June 2021. Please check the commencement website for updates.

Can I run my events, adult programming, or clinics?

As Lane County receives guidance from the Oregon Health Authority regarding reopening phases, the UO may be able to resume some in-person adult events, programming, or clinics provided they support institutional priorities and meet requirements.

For questions regarding events, programming, or clinics, email Rick Haught, director of scheduling and event services.

What kind of events require that a roster be submitted?

An attendance roster must be complete for in-person events attended by three or more people, including those that are not invitation only. An attendance roster is not needed for meetings of official UO academic classes, calendared meetings, or one-on-one appointments (though it is a best practice to document one-on-one meetings in some way for personal use). Completed rosters are to be emailed within five days of the event’s date to uoem@uoregon.edu.


Admissions Events

Are you still hosting tours and admissions events?

Campus is closed to the public during fall term and all in-person tours and admissions events are postponed until at least the end of the term. We do not have an exact date when tours will resume.

The UO360 virtual tour of campus is an excellent way of exploring the University of Oregon from the comfort of your own home. Experience life in the UO’s classrooms, libraries, and bleachers on your phone or tablet—no VR glasses necessary. See virtual.uoregon.edu for more online resources to learn about UO and the campus experience.


Athletics

Are athletic events still being held?

The Pac-12 CEO Group voted to resume football, men’s and women’s basketball, and other winter sports. Practice can begin immediately, and the seasons will start in November.

Fans will not be permitted at games this fall, but the conference will revisit that issue in early 2021. Visit GoDucks.com for more information.