Summer 2021 - COVID-19 Regulations

To protect your health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak, the university requires that everyone on campus follow the rules listed below. The UO actively updates plans and protocols to ensure best practices in coordination with local, state, and federal health officials.

Please review the university's temporary pandemic response regulations policy for additional information.

  1. Regulation Statement

    1. This regulation services the University of Oregon’s (UO) goal to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. Further, it seeks to clarify and consolidate different regulatory frameworks in the context of applicability to the UO. The State of Oregon’s Executive Order 20-28, Operation of Higher Education Institutions during Coronavirus Pandemic, has sunsetted and the State now directs institutions of higher education (IHEs) to align practices with the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidance for IHEs. Under that CDC framework, the UO is considered a partially-vaccinated campus until September 27, 2021, the date by which the UO vaccination requirement is in effect for all students, faculty, and staff. This regulation will be in effect until that date. Beginning September 27, a revised regulation will be enacted to reflect CDC guidance for fully-vaccinated IHEs. This university regulation may be revised as necessary to align with evolving federal, state, and local guidance. Where this regulation differs from state or federal mandates, the more restrictive requirements apply.
    2. Units with previously approved plans, procedures, and policies that follow local public health guidelines should follow the previously approved plans and procedures.
    3. Athletic events on university-owned or -controlled property should follow plans and procedures approved by the local health authority and Oregon Health Authority.


  1. Scope & Applicability

    1. This university regulation applies to all university employees, students, contractors, volunteers, and visitors on university-owned or -controlled property and it applies to all UO locations.


  1. Responsibilities & Procedures

    1. Vaccine requirement: Faculty, staff, and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or request a vaccine exemption. Action for either option must be taken according to the following deadlines:

      • August 13 - School of Law students, faculty, and staff
      • Upon move-in and no later than September 14 - residence hall students
      • September 17 - all employees, except law
      • September 27 - all students, except law and residence hall
      1. Students who do not complete either action will be subject to an immediate registration hold and may also be subject to discipline under the student conduct code.
      2. This policy has the force of law pursuant to ORS 352.087. Failure of a University employee to comply with this policy and its associated procedures will subject the employee to discipline up to and including termination.
      3. Volunteers and unpaid appointments are subject to the vaccine requirement.
      4. Contractors and visitors are not subject to the vaccination reporting requirement.
    2. Face Coverings: Face coverings are required indoors in all UO facilities regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings can be removed when alone in a room or cubicle, or in an area specifically designated for eating. Face coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth. Mesh masks, lace masks, and other face coverings with openings, valves, holes, vents, or other visible gaps in the design or material are not in compliance with this policy. Masks are not required outdoors.
    3. Physical Distancing: Physical distancing is no longer be required.* However, individuals are encouraged to keep distance when possible, especially when eating or if not fully vaccinated.
      *Oregon OSHA repealed the COVID-19 workplace rules on June 30, 2021.
    4. Symptom Screening: Faculty, staff, students, contractors, volunteers, and visitors that will be on-site at any UO location are encouraged to perform a daily health screening for infectious illnesses, including COVID-19 prior to coming to campus. Individuals should stay home when sick and seek medical care as needed. A guide for conducting a symptom check is available at
    5. Contact Tracing: Faculty, staff, students, contractors, volunteers, and visitors on-site at any UO location are expected to promptly collaborate with Human Resources (employees) or Corona Corps (students or local health officials) when contacted in relation to case investigation or contact tracing. Cooperation is necessary to aid in preventing further spread of the virus in university settings and in the community.
    6. Isolation and Quarantine: The UO’s requirements and recommendations for isolation and quarantine of students and employees are based on current isolation and quarantine guidance provided by the OHA and local public health authorities.
    7. Testing: All individuals living in congregate housing facilities controlled by the University are required to test weekly for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals, confirmed by the University Health Services, are exempted from this requirement.


  1. Definition

    1. “Fully vaccinated” means an individual who has received both doses of two- dose COVID-19 vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of vaccine, such as Johnson and Johnson's Janssen, single-dose vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of COVID-19 vaccine.