Housing and Dining

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Housing and Dining

We are working with other Oregon universities and with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority to ensure a safe living and dining experience for those living on campus. Physical distancing will be implemented throughout common areas and dining halls and we will continue to employ enhanced safety and cleaning protocols throughout the residence halls.

Take a look into what students can expect in the residence halls and dining venues this fall, including steps we are taking to provide a high-quality home for students.

What You Need to Know

  • COVID-19 testing is required for students living in UO residence halls.
     

  • Residence halls will be open to first-year, transfer, and returning students who plan to live with us in fall 2020 and we encourage first-year students to come to Eugene to experience life on campus.
     

  • Due to unhealthy conditions caused by wildfire smoke, move-in and testing schedules have changed for some of the residence halls. See the latest move-in information. Residents have been sent email with updates, and can find updates online at My Housing.
     

  • Rooms will be doubles and singles only. For physical distancing purposes, we will have no triple rooms.
     

  • Dining facilities will remove self-serve food options and provide sustainably packaged or made-to-order food. Residents can pay using their UO ID and avoid direct contact in the checkout process.
     

  • Common areas like lounges and study spaces have been modified with appropriate furniture and maximum capacities for appropriate physical distancing.
     

  • In order to provide students with a safe and positive living and learning environment, and at the guidance of health authorities and the state, we are setting aside entire sections of our residence halls for isolation, should they be needed.

Housing and Dining FAQs

For additional questions related to University Housing and Dining, see Housing's COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.

University Housing

What are the plans for fall residence hall move-in?

Move-in days and COVID-19 testing will still take place beginning September 18. However, due to the air quality in some of the residence halls from the wildfire smoke, some move-in and testing schedules have changed. See the latest move-in information. Residents have been sent email with updates, and can find updates online at information for admitted students or My Housing.

Is University Housing extending the deadline to submit an exemption and cancel housing?

The deadline to submit an exemption and cancel housing registration is October 15, 2020. Students wishing to cancel do not need to submit an exemption, they can just log into My Housing and cancel their contract.

Who can live in the residence halls this fall?

The residence halls will be open to first-year and transfer students, as well as returning students who have chosen to live on campus this fall.

Is it safe to bring the first-year students back to residence halls and on-campus activities?

Our expanded testing capacity allows us to implement a comprehensive move-in strategy for on-campus housing that involves pre-testing of each student on move in, including follow-up testing a few days later.

We are following guidance from the Oregon Health Authority to ensure a safe living and dining experience for those living on campus.

Physical distancing will be implemented in all activities and throughout common areas and dining halls and we will continue to employ enhanced safety and cleaning protocols throughout the residence halls.

What are the plans for fall residence hall move-in?

Students will be assigned their move-in date and time by early September. Residents can find updates online at information for admitted students or My Housing.

Fall move-in will be spread out across several days to allow for physical distancing. University Housing will be there to help ensure a smooth and efficient move-in experience. Learn more about move-in and testing procedures.

Since the new class schedule won’t be available until September 4, is University Housing extending their deadline to submit an exemption and cancel housing?

No. The deadline to submit an exemption and cancel housing registration is September 1, 2020.

Most courses will be remote or online and students should assume their classes will be remote or online. There will be a few exception to that. However, if a student does not want to or can’t participate in person, our professors will work with you to still participate.

The residence halls are open and will be offering in-person engagement.

What if I decide to go home, instead of staying in the residence halls?

We encourage all first-year students to stay on campus to take advantage of the services and activities that are being planned to make their first year of college a rich and rewarding in-person experience.

However, students can apply for a housing exemption by September 1 and cancel contracts at no charge. After September 1, there will be a fee for cancelling the contract, as in previous years.

Students should check their housing contract and addendum for more details or email university housing at housing@uoregon.edu.

Will University Housing and Dining remain open?

University Housing and Dining will remain open during summer session and fall term.

Physical distancing will be implemented throughout common areas and dining halls, and we will continue to employ enhanced safety and cleaning protocols throughout residential and dining spaces.

There may be some adjustments to living options—for example, we are not planning on having students live in triple rooms. The details are being developed and our plan is to have an update for residents by the time they select rooms.

If students have questions, they can call or text the housing office at 541-346-4277.

Dining halls will be open for students, but with limited seating. They will operate under all appropriate food service safety guidelines from local health authorities.

Housing and dining will follow guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities and University Health Services to implement physical distancing and increased prevention strategies.

We are reducing density and making plans for extra cleaning, particularly in shared bathrooms. We are also setting aside entire sections of our residence halls for isolation, should that become necessary.

Please continue to check University Housing for the latest information.

Who can I talk to about University Housing questions?

Students with questions about housing costs can directly email University Housing or call 541-346-4277. They should include or have ready their UO 95 number. For more information for residents, please visit My Housing.

Why are you testing all residence hall students? 

The University of Oregon is committed to following medical authority guidance to reduce the risks of transmission of COVID-19. We understand that during the COVID-19 pandemic, this includes taking several measures.

Testing helps identify positive cases which, when paired with contact tracing and isolation, frequent hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks, can significantly slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Who is paying for these tests? 

The university is covering the costs of these tests.

Can students who are not living in residence halls also be tested?

The UO will conduct some voluntary testing of all students to assess community spread.

We are still finalizing details about this voluntary community testing program, but diagnostic testing is already available and will continue to be available through University of Oregon Health Services for those who feel ill or believe they may have been exposed to the virus. 

When will you have more details about the residence hall testing?

Residents will receive more information with their move-in information in early September. This is a complicated and unprecedented situation that requires careful planning and coordination.

We have a dedicated team of professionals in our housing, health services and testing teams working together to ensure that this is an efficient and effective process, focused on helping to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on campus and supporting any students who arrive on our campus already carrying the COVID-19 virus.

We will continue to update the UO community on the specifics of the plan as the planning evolves.

More information on testing in residence halls is available from University Housing.

What plans are there for physical distancing for students in the residence halls?

We are committed to meeting—and in many cases exceeding—all of the standards and guidance from the Oregon Health Authority for our residence halls. We are reducing density and making plans for extra cleaning, particularly in shared bathrooms. No students will live in triples in our residence halls.

Residents and staff are encouraged to follow physical distancing measures, including:

  • Maintaining six feet of distance between people when spending time in the residence halls.
  • Wearing face coverings in all indoor spaces is required.
  • Engaging in remote social programs and activities.

More details are available on COVID-19 information for residents.

What plans are in place if a housing resident gets COVID-19?

  • Isolation: Individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and its purpose is to slow the spread of the disease by separating positive individuals from people who are not infected.
     
  • Quarantine: Individuals who may be exposed to a positive case, and its purpose is to slow the spread of the disease by separating and restricting the movement of individuals who were exposed to minimize the exposure of others and to monitor them if they become sick

At the guidance of health authorities and the state, we are setting aside entire sections of our residence halls (Barnhart Hall) for isolation (for positive cases) or quarantine (for contacts) should that become necessary for those students living in the residence halls.

If a student needs to quarantine or self-isolate, representatives from University Housing, University Health Services, Lane County Public Health, and the UO Case Incident Management Team will work closely to determine how to manage each student’s situation on a case-by-case basis.

A housing resident who is identified through the UO Case Management Team as requiring isolation or quarantine will be assigned to a quarantine or isolation room, receive meals delivered outside their door (three times daily), and the student may only leave per health authority instruction. In addition to daily cleaning by custodial staff, there will be additional sanitizing of touch points using EPA-registered disinfectants.

A student in isolation (positive case) will not be able to leave their room and therefore, the risk is minimized for cross-interaction with residents once in their room. Exceptions include medical appointments.

We will take every precaution to keep residents and staff safe. Custodial staff will use appropriate PPE when cleaning quarantine and isolation spaces. Residence life staff will provide appropriate community care and programming remotely.

For additional questions related to University Housing and Dining, see Housing's COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.


Greek Life

Will fraternity or sorority houses be open?

We want to return to a robust set of student life activities, including Greek life. We will require appropriate physical distancing and group size limits set by state and local health officials.

Each chapter’s facility is privately owned and operated, so the determination whether or not to remain open is not a UO decision. The Office of the Dean of Students is in contact with the national organizations and housing corporations that own the facilities, so that the UO is aware of the individual decisions that they are making.

If facilities remain open, we are encouraging property owners to connect with Lane County Public Health about additional health and safety measures.

What resources will the UO provide for students living off campus who must self isolate or quarantine?

The UO has identified several hotels willing to offer reduced nightly rates for students who live off campus and need to self-isolate or quarantine outside of their homes.

Students who live off campus and require assistance in getting a hotel space, food delivery, or financial support while isolating or quarantining can contact the Corona Corps Care Team at 541-346-2292 or COVIDCare@uoregon.edu.

The UO is also working with sororities, fraternities, and large student housing complexes to encourage them to determine how they might identify isolation and quarantine spaces within their facilities or otherwise assist their tenants with this issue.


Off-Campus Housing

What resources will the UO provide for students living off campus who must self isolate or quarantine?

The UO has identified several hotels willing to offer reduced nightly rates for students who live off campus and need to self-isolate or quarantine outside of their homes.

Students who live off campus and require assistance in getting a hotel space, food delivery, or financial support while isolating or quarantining can contact the Corona Corps Care Team at 541-346-2292 or COVIDCare@uoregon.edu.

The UO is also working with sororities, fraternities, and large student housing complexes to encourage them to determine how they might identify isolation and quarantine spaces within their facilities or otherwise assist their tenants with this issue.

I have a rental agreement with a property management company or landlord, and I want to end my lease. Can the UO help?

The University of Oregon is unable to intervene in any contracts between students and other entities such as landlords or property management companies. HoweverASUO Legal Services may be able to help with legal advice on a number of matters, including disputes between tenants and landlords.

UO students enrolled and paying fees for summer session or fall term are eligible to request services by appointment. To schedule a remote appointment, call 541-346-4273 or complete the contact form.

Individuals concerned about eviction can read Governor Brown’s Executive Order No. 20-11 for more information.