COVID-19: CHRO and CRO email to all faculty and staff on July 13, 2021

Subject: UO COVID-19 Regulations: Update to indoor face covering requirement

Dear Colleagues,

The UO Summer COVID-19 Regulations announced in June require face coverings be worn indoors except when alone in a room or in areas designated for eating in groups. Effective immediately, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a face covering while indoors this summer except during in-person classes or when otherwise required by state or federal regulations. This adjustment applies to all employees, students, and visitors and reflects guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the repeal of the Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s workplace rule for face coverings.  

Key considerations for the updated face covering regulation include: 

  • Fully vaccinated individuals may choose not to wear a face covering indoors except while attending an in-person class or when using specific UO services that fall under state or federal covering requirements, such as health or transportation services, and when working with children under the age of 12 (i.e., University Health Services , Monitoring and Assessment Program (MAP), HEDCO Clinics, EC Cares, childcare centers, youth programs).  
  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to abide by the indoor face covering regulation and are encouraged to follow CDC guidance for protecting their self and others from COVID-19. 
  • Employees with concerns about the safety of vaccinated persons working without masks should reach out to their supervisor. They can also contact Environmental Health and Safety at  
  • Employees with disabilities who may need an accommodation should contact the ADA Coordinator at  

With this change, you will see a variety of mask usage inside UO facilities. It is important to assume others have positive intent and are complying with the summer face covering regulations. Please adhere to our community principles of respect and understanding, and when you see someone is wearing a face covering, do not make assumptions about their vaccination status or personal circumstances. The adjustment to our summer regulations simply provides those who are fully vaccinated with options. As a community, we are all encouraged to continue taking care of ourselves and supporting one another

As we make plans for operating mostly in-person this fall, changes and adjustments lay ahead for everyone. The anticipation of returning to close to normal operations may create a mix of feelings as you anticipate the future. Human Resources is hosting a webinar for employees that focuses on coping skills to help improve resilience. The strategies and resources that will be provided by Canopy, formerly called Cascade Centers,, UO’s employee assistance provider, during the webinar will help adjustments be a bit easier. The Path to Fall Starts Now webinar is Wednesday, July 21 from noon to 1:00 p.m. More information, including registration, is available in MyTrack. HR provides additional support resources for employees and supervisors on its website.  

Please refer to the UO coronavirus website for complete information about the indoor face covering exception option and the latest information about the university’s path to fall. Please reach out to your supervisor if you have questions or need additional assistance.  

Best regards,

Mark Schmelz
Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice President

André Le Duc
Chief Resilience Officer and Associate Vice President