Workplace

The UO is working hard to create a healthy working environment for UO faculty, staff, officers of administration, graduate employees and student employees who are working both on campus and remotely. Human Resource offers information and resources to meet the unique needs and challenges created by the pandemic. 

The UO will return to primarily in-person instruction, research, and services this fall. All on-campus activities and experiences will follow health and safety measures. 

What You Need to Know

Path Forward – Focus on Fall

The Office of Human Resources and the Office of Safety and Risk Services are working collaboratively with unit and department leadership in the 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 path forward that best meets its needs.

 

Human Resources and Employment FAQs

For additional questions related to Human Resources, including FAQs for supervisors, see Human Resources.

Working on Campus

How can employees access campus?

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.

Unless an employee has received clearance from their supervisor or organizational leadership as part of their department or unit's approved campus activities,

Researchers and research staff are required to log their on-campus research activity via the OVPRI on-campus research form.

What guidelines are available for UO employees who work on university property?

Staff are returning on a unit-by-unit basis, with priority given to departments that require on-campus access. Those who conduct research or work with students, for example, will be among the first to return.

Unless otherwise arranged with employees, the university has authorized remote work for every employee who is able to perform the functions of their job from a remote location. Guidance for employees who can only perform their work on university property can be found at COVID-19 exposure scenarios and guidance for students and employees.

Working remotely is not an option for all employees, but implementing it where practical can go a long way to enhancing social distancing and reducing risk both for those working at home and those who remain on campus.

For those who cannot work remotely or whose jobs require them to be on-campus to support core services and/or the delivery of education, managers need to review and assess work and workspaces (offices, labs, etc.) for appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures. Please make adjustments so that six feet of space can be maintained between individuals, including faculty, staff, and visitors.

Refer to the resources put together by Human Resources for social distancing in the workplace, including flex work, student employees, and leave options.

When should UO employees who are currently working remotely plan to return to campus?

Staff are returning on a unit-by-unit basis, with priority given to departments that require on-campus access. Those who conduct research or work with students, for example, have been among the first to return. Employees should continue to look to their supervisor for direction about when to plan to return to on-campus work.

I need to stay home with my child(ren). Can I use sick leave?

We understand some of you may be facing challenges related to school schedules and are planning for necessary child care. In many cases we know that could impact your ability to report to your work location on campus.

We are directing managers and supervisors to work with employees to arrange for remote work where operationally feasible. Where this is not possible we are directing managers and supervisors to work with employees to see if there are flexible schedules that may allow them to come to work for all or part of their regular work hours.

If neither of these options is possible, employees may use paid vacation and sick leave to cover their absence from the office.

The university continues to evaluate the local school schedules and their impact on employees and university operations and will issue any additional updates and guidance if necessary.

For additional questions related to Human Resources, including FAQs for supervisors, see Human Resources.