Operations, Events, Travel, 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. All non-essential university travel, both international and domestic (including travel by motor vehicle), is suspended until further notice.

What You Need to Know

  • The University of Oregon campus is currently open to students and employees but is closed to the general public.
     

  • As of December 3, Lane County has been placed in the “extreme risk” category for COVID-19 under Governor Kate Brown's new health and safety framework. In this risk category, the following impacts remain in place for the Eugene campus:

    • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History are closed.
    • Indoor recreation is currently prohibited in the Student Recreation Center; outdoor recreation facilities, including the SRC Playground tent are open to currently enrolled students. Full details can be found at Physical Education and Recreation.
    • All dining on campus is grab-and-go and prepackaged for take out.
    • Instruction is remote as already planned.
       
  • 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.
     

  • All nonessential university travel, both international and domestic (including local travel by motor vehicle), is suspended until further notice. Faculty and staff may submit a travel waiver and acknowledgment of risk form in Concur to request an exemption. As of December 7, the authorization for travel approval moved to the Travel Advisory Group (TAG). Departments may not approve travel outside of the TAG exemption process.
     
  • Information about upcoming events is available on the UO events calendar.
     

  • Although in-person admissions events are canceled, the UO360 virtual tour of campus is an excellent way to explore the university from the comfort of your home.
     

  • UO employees seeking permission to host an event should email Rick Haught, director of scheduling and event services.
     

  • For in-person events attended by three or more people you must complete an attendance roster and return it to Emergency Management. See FAQs for details.
     

  • On November 13, Governor Kate Brown issued a travel advisory that urges people returning to Oregon to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.
     

  • Individuals are advised to review travel-related guidance from the state of Oregon, individual state or local health departments [en Español], and CDC guidelines [en Español] when considering personal travel. You do not need to submit a waiver for personal travel.
     
  • While PAC-12 teams have resumed play, schedules are subject to virus protocols, and permission has not been granted by local public health authorities for fans to attend games. For the latest information, visit goducks.com.

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. That closure applies to children of UO employees and students who are not allowed in campus buildings either during the work day or after-hours.

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.

Types of Travel

Essential Travel
International or domestic travel may be deemed “essential” only when the travel demonstrably and significantly advances one or more of the following:
  • Maintenance of critical business functions

  • Continuity of grant funding or completion of grant-required activities and deadlines

  • Ability to meet contract deliverable requirements

  • Timely and critical research and scholarship opportunities

  • Continuity in academic progress, degree completion, or graduation

If you have any questions, please email travelsafe@uoregon.edu.
In-Bound Travel

We require students, staff, and faculty to check the UO’s symptom self-check regulations before coming to campus. The symptom self-check regulations provide information on the current regulations and procedures that you must complete before coming to the university.

International Arrivals

I​​​​​f you are arriving from outside the United States, the CDC currently recommends travelers stay home or another private space for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms. Please find additional information and instructions on this CDC's guidelines for returning from international travel [en Español].

For more information about international travel to the United States, please review the CDC's most updated information about travel [en Español].

Upcoming Signature Events

Kimberly Johnson - 2020 - 2021 African American Workshop and Lecture Series
Event: Kimberly Johnson - 2020 - 2021 African American Workshop and Lecture Series
Feb9
Kimberly Johnson - 2020 - 2021 African American Workshop and Lecture Series Feb 9
Are We Still Not Saved? Race, Democracy, and Educational Inequality
Event: Are We Still Not Saved? Race, Democracy, and Educational Inequality
Feb12
Are We Still Not Saved? Race, Democracy, and Educational Inequality Feb 12
The History and Future of Scientific Racism and Eugenics Panel Discussion
Event: The History and Future of Scientific Racism and Eugenics Panel Discussion
Feb16
The History and Future of Scientific Racism and Eugenics Panel Discussion Feb 16
Can Science Make Sense of Life? with Sheila Jasanoff
Event: Can Science Make Sense of Life? with Sheila Jasanoff
Feb17
Can Science Make Sense of Life? with Sheila Jasanoff Feb 17
Nikole Hannah-Jones on "1619 and the Legacy That Built a Nation"
Event: Nikole Hannah-Jones on "1619 and the Legacy That Built a Nation"
Feb19
Nikole Hannah-Jones on "1619 and the Legacy That Built a Nation" Feb 19
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III: African American Workshop and Lecture Series
Event: Freeman A. Hrabowski, III: African American Workshop and Lecture Series
Mar2
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III: African American Workshop and Lecture Series Mar 2
The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome, with Alondra Nelson
Event: The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome, with Alondra Nelson
Apr29
The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome, with Alondra Nelson Apr 29

All Signature Events »

Operations, Events, Travel, and Athletics FAQs

Campus Operations

How is the UO planning for winter term and spring term?

President Schill announced that the UO will continue primarily remote and online instruction for winter and spring term. In limited circumstances, such as with some labs, studio experiences, and other small classes, we will provide in-person instruction after week 1 of winter term.

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 and Erb Memorial Union, 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. That closure applies to the children of UO students and employees who are not allowed in campus buildings either during the work day or after-hours.

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 remains closed under Governor Kate Brown's health and safety framework. However, currently enrolled students can visit The Playground, PE and Rec’s tented, multifunctional activity space. The Playground features strength and cardio open rec options, along with a variety of programmed activities. Reservations are required and can be made up to two days in advance. Visit the rec site for full details.

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

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 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.


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.

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?

All admissions events including campus tours are postponed until further notice. We currently 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.


Traveling to Eugene

Can I travel to campus from another location?

Per the CDC guidance, travel should be postponed whenever possible. Those with critical university-related business—faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors—are permitted on campus at this time, but you must follow all guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority [en Español].

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.

Before coming to campus, you are required to conduct a symptom self-check for COVID-19 symptoms. Do not travel to campus if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

On campus, you are required to wear face coverings inside buildings and outside when physical distancing is not possible. The UO will make face coverings available to those who need them, and individuals may choose to wear their own personal face coverings.

Is it safe to travel?

People returning to campus from breaks or other travel are urged to follow Oregon Statewide Guidance and CDC guidelines for travel within the United States [en Español]. This includes:

  • Get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before traveling and only travel if you have a negative test result.
  • If able, retest 3-5 days after returning to UO. Free testing is available in Eugene through the UO Monitoring and Evaluation Program.
  • Reduce non-essential activities for 7-10 days after traveling and refrain from social gatherings.

If you are traveling internationally, please refer to guidance from International Student and Scholar Services.

Should I get tested before or after traveling?

Testing before and after travel can reduce your risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home, plus everyday precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations. Also, if you are flying, be sure to check with your airline, which may have more specific testing recommendations for you.


Traveling from Eugene

Is UO-sponsored travel permitted?

All nonessential university travel, both international and domestic (including local travel by motor vehicle), is suspended until further notice.

Faculty and staff may submit a travel waiver and acknowledgment of risk form in Concur to request an exemption. As of December 7, the authorization for travel approval moved to the Travel Advisory Group (TAG). Departments may not approve travel outside of the TAG exemption process.

Trips where the travel and activity risk can be significantly mitigated will be considered for approval. Air travel will be closely scrutinized and only approved in very limited circumstances.

Travel booked without an approved exemption will NOT be eligible for reimbursement and is not eligible for coverage under the UO’s international supplemental travel insurance policy.

More information and guidance on UO travel can be found at the Business Affairs COVID-19 travel information.

What is the UO policy on personal travel?

Individuals are advised to review travel-related guidance from the state of Oregon, individual state or local health departments [en Español], and CDC guidelines [en Español] when considering personal travel.

On November 13, Governor Kate Brown issued a travel advisory that urges people returning to Oregon to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.

You do not need to submit a waiver for personal travel.

Will you be tracking and testing students, faculty, and staff who have traveled or left school during weekend or school breaks?

We will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for institutions of higher education [en Español].

On November 13, Governor Kate Brown issued a travel advisory that urges people returning to Oregon to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.


Athletics

Are athletic events still being held?

While PAC-12 teams have resumed play, schedules are subject to virus protocols, and permission has not been granted by local public health authorities for fans to attend games. For the latest information, visit goducks.com.