COVID-19 Workplace Resources

The UO is 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.

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.

Resources Index

Prevention, Safety, and Personal Responsibility

As we move forward together into a new phase of COVID-19 prevention and safety, we all play a role in protecting ourselves and each other. The university community relies on personal responsibility when it comes to COVID-19 prevention and safety.

University leadership will continue to monitor conditions. UO requirements, programs, and prevention guidance will continue to be informed by local public health authorities.

Safety Strategies

  • Masks are optional.
    While not required, the UO supports the personal choice to wear a mask and makes them available to employees (view locations for mask distribution). They are required in some locations such as health care settings including University Health Services (UHS) and Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) testing sites. Bring a mask if visiting a place where masks are required.
  • If you start feeling sick, go or stay home.
    Limiting exposure to others when an employee feels ill is an important safety measure regardless of COVID-19 risk or exposure. Refer to the UO COVID-19 Safety Resources website for COVID-19 specific guidance.
  • Free, voluntary COVID-19 testing is available through MAP.
    UO's Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP) provides free COVID-19 testing for UO employees, students, and Lane County residents age 3 and older. MAP provides tests for asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic individuals who do not need a medical evaluation. Visit the UO COVID-19 Safety Resources website for more information.
  • Employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

UO COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

UO requires students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or request an exemption.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Booster - Available through University Health Services for a limited time

Beginning October 3, 2022, UO employees can get a COVID-19 vaccination booster at the University Health Center. Visit the University Health Services website for details.

University Health Services and Oregon Health Authority are co-sponsoring COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics throughout the month of October with the new bivalent booster specifically tailored to the Omicron variant.

Employee Engagement and Support

Human Resources has assembled insights and information for employees to easily incorporated into their work by reinforcing strategies already use or generating new ideas.

Caregiver Resources

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 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.

Employee Leaves

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.

Medical Care

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. While units no longer need Incident Management Team approval when planning for travel, they may consult with staff in Safety and Risk Services as needed by emailing

The university's insurance benefits include provisions for assistance while you are traveling.