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 email@example.com.
Please review the university's temporary pandemic response regulations policy for additional information.
Effective June 25, 2020
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.
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:
** 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective June 15, 2020
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.
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.