Guidance

The university is following guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration for operations, building access, events and activities. This webpage outlines university guidance as we return to in-person and on-campus experiences.

What You Need to Know

  • In preparation for fall 2021, the university has issued guidance to departments as we resume more in-person operations.
     
  • Effective May 24, activities such as essential travel, event planning, and hosting guests and visitors are being managed by vice presidents, deans, and their designees. These activities since the onset of the pandemic, in keeping with the university’s safety policy, had required review and approval by the IMT. Units must continue to review and adhere to current public health guidance. While units no longer need Incident Management Team approval when planning these activities, they may consult with staff in Safety and Risk Services as needed by emailing uoem@uoregon.edu.
     
  • All programs and activities at the University of Oregon are subject to compliance with Oregon Health Authority higher education guidanceas well as appropriate industry guidance. Employee safe-work requirements are also subject to Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations.

Our Responsibilities

Our recovery from COVID-19 is a shared responsibility – there are steps that the university must take, steps departments and units must take, and steps that each individual must take to assist in reducing future spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in our community. The information below is organized to help all members of the campus community understand expectations and responsibilities as we continue on the path to Fall 2021 and beyond together.

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Path to Fall – Unit Guidance

The Office of Human Resources and the Office of Safety and Risk Services are working collaboratively with unit and department leadership in thoughtful planning and preparation for operating mostly in-person this fall. Unit leadership is evaluating and assessing operational needs, with consideration for health and safety precautions, to define a path forward that best meets its needs. 

As part of the planning process, unit leadership should refer to the following resources:

 

COVID-19 Regulatory Guidance

All programs and activities at the University of Oregon are subject to compliance with all applicable Oregon Health Authority guidance. Employee safe-work requirements are also subject to Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations.

Guidance changes often. A team has been designated to frequently review the various sets of applicable guidance below and communicate changes to the campus community. Communication about these changes will be shared with campus. Units with programs subject to guidance are responsible for reviewing the guidance regularly and making determinations about changes to operations based on any changes.

Please note that it may take time to interpret changes to guidance and make recommendations about potential changes to implementation on campus. Some changes may require leadership review and approval. The following are the various sets of state guidance to which the university is subject. Questions about guidance can be directed to uoem@uoregon.edu.

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.

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.

Operations, Travel, Events and Athletics

Event Resources

At this time, departments can start to plan for 3rd party facility rentals for fall term. Agreements and plans should be flexible should more restrictive guidelines be in place at the time of the event

 

Operations, Events, Travel, and Athletics FAQs

Campus Operations

What type of classes will be held for summer term?

The UO is planning summer term sessions to be a mix of remote, hybrid, and in-person courses, as they have been in spring. We may offer more in-person classes as the summer goes on, if Oregon Health Authority guidance for higher education is updated. We are planning to be mostly in person for fall term.

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 Rec Center adjusts operations according to Lane County’s risk in accordance with state guidelines. Please visit the SRC website for current operations and activities.

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

Will commencement be in person or virtual this year?

Due to the continuing public health risks and state orders barring large gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the UO will conduct spring commencement virtually again this year, with two in-person activities. The live webcast will take place June 12.  For updates, see the commencement website.

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

Yes, events can occur under either indoor entertainment or outdoor entertainment guidelines. At this time, events should not be open to the general public, but by invitation only.

Indoor campus entertainment events organized by the university are allowed and must comply with state indoor entertainment guidance.

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 should be maintained by the event host for a minimum of four weeks following the event.


Admissions Events

Are you still hosting tours and admissions events?

Guided tours for prospective students will resume on June 14, register here. Additionally, outdoor campus grounds are available for self-guided tours.

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. The UO will make face coverings available to those who need them, and individuals may choose to wear their own personal face coverings.


Athletics

Are athletic events still being held?

While PAC-12 teams have resumed play, schedules are subject to virus protocols. Under the Oregon Health Authority's new reduced restrictions for outdoor recreation, UO Athletics will welcome athletes' families back to our outdoor venues in a limited capacity and following health and safety protocols. For the latest information, visit goducks.com.