UO 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.

These regulations are mandatory for all students, faculty, staff, vendors, and campus visitors.

Departments should not implement more restrictive requirements unless their work is guided by industry specific guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority that calls for a more restrictive requirement. Departments whose work is not covered by industry specific guidance and are interested in implementing more restrictive requirements must seek approval from the Incident Management Team by emailing uoem@uoregon.edu.

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

If you have additional questions, please review the COVID-19 information and our COVID-19-related FAQs, or submit a question using this webform.

Symptom Self-Check Regulations

Effective June 25, 2020

Symptom Self-Check Regulation

Working together, the university and its campus community members can mitigate the spread of disease on campus through daily symptom self-checks. This practice, coupled with several other mitigation measures, like physical distancing, social distancing, the use of face masks and personal hygiene, is an important safety mitigation measure that helps reduce the risk of the spread of disease on-campus.

Consistent with Oregon Health Authority guidance, students and employees are required to:

  • Every day before coming on-campus, employees and students should assess whether in the last 72 hours, they have had any COVID-19 symptoms that are different from their baseline within a specified period of time (24-72 hours depending on symptom).

  • If COVID-19 symptoms are present, individuals should not come to campus for designated periods of time.

The university will not collect health information from its employees or students under this regulation.

University departments are responsible for communicating with visitors, vendors, contractors and guests that they should not come to campus if they have had any COVID-19 related symptoms according to the schedule below.

Campus community members performing remote work or studies for the day are not required to do a symptom self-check if they are not coming on campus.

If employees and students have symptoms, they may perform work or studies remotely to the extent they feel well enough to do so and to the extent remote work is available. Employees and students who are well enough to work or study remotely when they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, should work with their supervisor or professor to identify available work.

Employees may also use available leave to cover these periods if they are unable to work. Students should work with their instructors to identify make-up work or remote studies.

Employees and students who have a chronic or baseline cough that has worsened or is not well-controlled with medication should stay at their place of residence. Campus community members who have other symptoms that are chronic or baseline symptoms are not restricted.

Symptom Self-Check Procedures

Every day before coming on-campus, employees and students should assess whether they have had any of the below symptoms that are different from their baseline:

Stay at home until 72 hours after any/all of the primary COVID-19 symptoms listed dissipate without the aid of fever-reducing medications, unless symptoms are within your baseline.

  • Cough (Employees and students who have a chronic or baseline cough that has worsened or is not well-controlled with medication should stay at their place of residence)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever (>100 degree F)
  • Chills

Employees should contact their medical provider** and students should contact the University Health Center 541-346-2770 if any of these symptoms are present.

Stay at home until 24 hours after any/all of the symptoms listed dissipate without the aid of fever-reducing medications, unless symptoms are within your baseline.

  • Loss of smell and/or taste
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Nasal congestion

** If you do not have a primary care physician, urgent care or any of Lane County Public Health’s clinics can also be a resource. Benefits-eligible employees can also find a primary care physician by reviewing the options available through their UO health insurance plan at Human Resources. Graduate employees can find information about their health insurance through the GTFF.

Recording Procedures and Enforcement

Employees and students do not need to submit their symptom self-checks to the university but they should record that it was completed in their personal notes.  This tracking sheet can be used for recording purposes so that they can verify that they completed the check upon request.

There is no expectation of supervisors to check in daily on whether or not staff completed their daily symptom check, however, if a supervisor has any reason to believe that the employee has not performed their daily symptom check that they should contact UO Employee and Labor Relations to assist in determining how best to respond: uoelr@uoregon.edu.

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Face Covering Regulations

Effective June 15, 2020

Face-Covering Regulation

Effective June 15, 2020, the University of Oregon (UO) requires faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors across all UO locations to use face coverings, which include masks (note: masks with exhaust valves are discouraged), cloth face coverings, or face shields, when in UO owned, leased, or controlled buildings, EXCEPT when alone in a space (e.g., room with four walls).

It is recommended that individuals wear face masks when alone in a space.

Face coverings are required outdoors when on UO property and when physical distancing expectations (at least 6 feet apart, not in groups) cannot be met.

This safety requirement is subject to change in light of state and/or federal guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on face covering changes.


  • When an employee has a disability or a serious medical condition that prevents them from putting on, taking off, or wearing any face covering they should consult with their supervisor. Supervisors will be given guidance from Human Resources on how to respond to employees who raise concerns about wearing a mask at work, strategies for brainstorming solutions that address individual and community health concerns, and when to consult with the ADA coordinator.
  • When a student has a disability or serious medical condition that prevents them from putting on, taking off, or wearing any face covering, they should consult with the Accessible Education Center
  • To comply with documented industry best practices for a specific position, or by law or regulation (e.g., health care facilities, restaurants, gyms)
  • While eating
  • Within University Housing:
    • In a student’s own residence hall room or family housing unit
    • In shared residence hall restrooms
  • Individuals under the age of two
  • Additional exemptions may be requested on a case by case basis by contacting Environmental Health & Safety
  • If required by applicable OHA public health guidance


  • The university will post signage clearly stating face covering requirements, including access to services for faculty, staff, and students
  • It is prohibited for any individual to be denied or restricted access or participation based on not wearing a face covering, if the individual states that they are aware of, and that they meet an exemption to, this regulation
  • Enforcement procedures for employees will comply with UO policies and procedures and applicable collective bargaining agreements
  • The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is responsible for developing and implementing enforcement procedures for students

Additional Information

  • These requirements will and may be amended if regulatory conditions change or guidance from health authorities evolves. This may include local or state-level laws or guidance related to business practices (e.g., food service, childcare, etc.). Changes to safety requirements will comply with the policy.

  • UO may transition from a requirement to a recommended use of cloth face coverings based on local conditions and guidance from the CDC, OHA, and local health authorities.

  • UO will develop procedures for the distribution of face coverings to members of the campus community. UO will provide employees alternatives to face coverings, such as face shields, if such alternatives are required. Employees can work with their supervisors on these requests and students can work through the Accessible Education Center.

  • It is the responsibility of the individual to handle and launder their face coverings following public health guidelines.

  • Individuals who engage in harassing, discriminatory, bullying, or retaliatory behavior towards others because they are or are not wearing a face covering may be subject to investigation and sanction under other applicable UO policies.

  • The university will establish a point of contact for members of the campus community to report concerns about people not complying with this safety regulation. Employees can also raise concerns with their supervisors. Enforcement will focus on education first.

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