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.

  • In-person events attended by more than 200 people are considered designated university events. Proof of vaccine or test results may be required for attendees.

  • All UO Athletics competitions are considered designated university events and require proof of vaccine or test results. For the latest information on Intercollegiate Athletics competitions, visit

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

Unit and Department

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

Event Resources

At this time, departments can 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

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

The Student Rec Center is open for in-person classes and events. Before visiting, review SRC's COVID-19 safety information and guidelines. Current operations and activities can be found on the SRC website.

If you have a question about PE or REC Center memberships or programs, email the Student Rec Center.

Are the libraries open?

The Knight Library, Design Library, and Price Science Commons & Research Library are open to faculty, staff, and students.

UO Libraries building hours vary and they have modified their services and spaces to comply with University of Oregon COVID-19 regulations.

Designated Events

What is a designated event?

A designated event is an event on university-owned or-controlled property with over 200 people in attendance and includes the general public. All UO Athletics competitions are considered designated events regardless of the attendance.

If I am planning a large event at the university (e.g. a concert, conference, etc) will my event require proof of vaccine or COVID-19 test?

If you are planning a large event for more than 200 people that involves members of the general public, your event will require proof of vaccine or test results. All attendees, including UO Community members, must provide proof of vaccination, COVID-19 negative test results with three days prior to the event, or a positive test result no more than 90 days and no less than 10 days prior to the event.

Please email Safety and Risk Services at ( for more information about how to set up and manage this requirement.  

If I am planning an event, what is the threshold for a proof of vaccine or testing requirement?

If the event is for the UO Community with no general public in attendance, vaccination or test result confirmation is not required due to the campus-wide vaccination mandate.

There is currently no proof of vaccine or testing requirement for events with less than 200 people in attendance. 

What is current dining guidance for events?

Either a designated or non-designated event should include the following guidance regarding dining:

  • Have hand sanitizer or hand washing stations available if restrooms are not nearby. Remind participants to wash hands prior to eating.
  • Face coverings can be removed when attendees are actively eating or drinking. Face coverings should be worn at all other times.
  • Planners should consider how food with be distributed.
  • Per Lane County Public Health Guidance, planners should consider spacing in dining areas. Limit the size of groups at tables and spread out tables to create space.

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 for more online resources to learn about UO and the campus experience.

Traveling to Eugene

Can I travel to campus from another location?

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

Free COVID-19 testing is available on the Eugene campus for all asymptomatic UO students, employees, and the Lane County community through the university’s Monitoring and Assessment Program. Testing before and after travel can reduce your risk of spreading COVID-19.


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