The University of Oregon is coordinating with Lane County Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, and federal health officials to proactively monitor and respond to COVID-19 to protect the health and well-being of our campus community. Refer to the following resources for the latest news and information related to our institutional-wide response and workplace management:
The UO is operating primarily conducting in-person instruction, research, and services. The full suite of COVID-19 tools and the University of Oregon’s high vaccination rate allows us to safely support students on campus for in-person instruction and experiences and operate mostly in person.
The health and safety of our employees, students, and community members remains paramount, and all on-campus activities and experiences will follow health and safety measures. Human Resource offers the following information and resources to assist faulty and staff as we move forward together.
Employee Engagement and Support
Human Resources and the Division of Equity and Inclusion have assembled insights and information for employees to easily incorporated into their work by reinforcing strategies already use or generating new ideas.
Caregiving can be particularly difficult due to remote work, remote school, and other challenges at this time. Meeting these responsibilities have a unique impact on UO community members and their families. While UO cannot provide ready-made solutions to childcare and other caregiving issues individuals are encountering, we have created new networking opportunities within the UO community to help alleviate some of the pressure points. Additional work-life resources are also available.
Employee Assistance Program
UO contracts with Canopy, formerly called Cascade Centers, to provide a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for benefit-eligible employees and their dependents. The services are provided at no cost to eligible members.
The university recognizes the impact that COVID-19 may have on an employee's ability to work for various reasons. The first course of action is to explore flexible work options, such as remote work or flexible schedules, where possible. Because flexible work arrangements are not always appropriate or viable due to personal and operational realities, we want to highlight the university’s leave programs available during the UO COVID-19 response.
Work Arrangements - Flexible and Remote Work
The university recognizes the impact that COVID-19 may have on an employee's ability to work for various reasons. The first course of action is to explore flexible work options, such as remote work or flexible schedules, where possible.
Prevention and Safety Regulations
As conditions allow for safe and responsible in-person instruction and on-campus research, events, services, and other activities, we will implement plans in accordance with guidance from public health authorities. These measures are being implemented in consultation with the Incident Management Team, and stakeholders across campus. The plan includes a variety of safety and planning measures related to university operations, individual responsibilities, case management, and other actions.
UO COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
UO requires students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or request an exemption and test weekly. Additionally, the university requires students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. The booster shot requirement must be met by January 31, or 30 days after you become eligible. Details about the upload process will be coming shortly. This public health measure at the UO will help protect our community by reducing the potential for serious illness. It also will limit campus disruptions and allow us to continue in-person instruction and activities.
All newly hired faculty, officers of administration, classified employees, and UO temporary employees must complete the online COVID-19 vaccination requirement form within 30 days of their start date and are subject to weekly testing until they report they are fully vaccinated.
At this time, the UO required COVID-19 testing program is suspended. The UO will reassess the situation and work with public health authorities to determine if the required testing program should be reinstated if the Lane County community risk level changes.
UO COVID-19 Weekly Testing Requirement
Students and employees subject to the vaccination requirement who are not fully vaccinated will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing through the Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP).
Other Safety Regulations Resources
The university recommends employees with specific health concerns contact their healthcare provider for medical advice tailored to their individual situations. Visit the Benefits website section of the HR website for your health insurance plan to learn more about the available options, including alternative resources for care, such as a nurse advice line or virtual care.
Travel, including visitors to the university, is being managed and approved by vice presidents, deans, and their designees. Faculty and staff may submit a travel request and acknowledgment of risk form in Concur. More information about approving travel is available in the Travel Office's webpage.
The university's insurance benefits include provisions for assistance while you are traveling.