Guidance

The UO has enacted COVID-19 guidance that will be in effect until further notice as we continue to assess guidance from public health partners. University regulations are informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for institutions of higher education, the Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration, as well as scientific best practices and other applicable local public health guidance.

This webpage outlines university guidance as we return to in-person and on-campus experiences.

What You Need to Know

  • The UO has enacted COVID-19 regulations that will be in effect until further notice as we continue to assess guidance from public health partners. This guidance applies to all university employees, students, contractors, volunteers, and visitors on university-owned or -controlled property at all UO locations.
     
  • All programs and activities at the University of Oregon are subject to compliance with university policy.

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.

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.

Travel, Events and Athletics

  • The suspension of UO business travel has been lifted, except to countries listed by the CDC as Level 4 "Very High Risk" or "Risk Unknown" for COVID-19. Travel approvals for all other countries have returned to the normal process. More information about approvals and exemptions are available on the Business Affairs travel webpage.

  • Guided tours for prospective students have resumed. Register for a tour. Additionally, outdoor campus grounds are available for self-guided tours. The UO360 virtual tour of campus is an excellent way to explore the university from the comfort of your home. Download the Be a Duckapp for Apple or Android devices.

  • For in-person events attended by three or more people you must complete an attendance roster and maintain the roster for a minimum of four weeks following the event. See FAQ for details.

  • For the latest information on Intercollegiate Athletics competitions, visit goducks.com.

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 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 conducted spring commencement virtually again this year, with two in-person activities. The live webcast took 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 resumed on June 14, register here. Additionally, outdoor campus grounds are available for self-guided tours. Download the 'Be A Duck' app for Apple or Android devices.

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.


Athletics

Are athletic events still being held?

While PAC-12 teams have resumed play, schedules and attendance are subject to virus protocols. Under the latest state guidelines, as of August 23, all UO athletic events require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the prior three days for entrance. For full details, see the regulations page or visit goducks.com.