UO COVID-19 Health and Safety Operations and Planning

The University of Oregon has a team of more than 190 individuals working as part of the Incident Management Team to support the university’s efforts to respond to, manage, plan and recover from COVID-19.  

We are actively planning for the return to in-person instruction and activities. This plan must be approved by the Board of Trustees, Higher Education Coordinating Commission and Oregon Health Authority.

Guiding Principles

  1. We will continue to put student, faculty, and staff health and safety at the forefront.
  2. We will comply with Governor Kate Brown’s strategy to reopen Oregon and will be informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority, and Lane County Public Health.
  3. We will continue to coordinate with local, state, and national leaders as well as our counterparts at other West Coast public universities.
  4. We will explore a variety of methods to safeguard our community, including continued remote and flexible work; reducing density in classrooms, research labs, offices, residence halls, and dining facilities; enhanced cleaning of all facilities; and testing and contact tracing for students and employees.

Additional Guidance

Working Groups

Along with teams focused on research, housing and dining, student behavior expectations, and testing and contract tracing, the three groups below have been designated to address questions and planning for resuming on-campus activities and will lead our planning effort:

Incident Management Team

The Incident Management Team (IMT) is a group of trained individuals from across campus who are tasked with managing the logistical, fiscal, planning, operational, safety, and campus issues related to any and all incidents/emergencies, including infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics. In addition, the IMT manages all phases of an incident (e.g., response, mitigation, continuity, and recovery). The team reports to the president's policy group.

Mitigation Strategies

This group is charged with reviewing state and federal guidance and engaging campus partners and subject matter experts to assess and develop a variety of resumption strategies for consideration. The team is made up of individuals from safety and risk services, environmental health and safety, campus geographic information systems, and the Office of the Provost. The team is developing campus-wide, building-level, and department-level guidance on the following topics: physical distancing, illness detection, public health interventions, face covering recommendations, and cleaning.

Academic and Instructional Planning

This group is comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators who are working to help maintain the university’s academic mission. The group is focusing on how to assist students in navigating the new academic terrain around remote learning, and making sure faculty and graduate employees have access to the resources they need to teach effectively in this new environment. The team will continue to work on developing the resources needed to make sure remote instruction is done in a way that engages our students and helps them succeed.