COVID-19: CRO and CHRO email to faculty and staff on June 29, 2021

Subject: Summer health and safety regulations for campus


Dear University of Oregon faculty and staff,

We are writing to provide an update on the University of Oregon’s COVID-19 health and safety regulations for summer as our community and state begin to recover from the pandemic.

Although conditions are improving and public health guidance is rapidly becoming less restrictive, the UO will keep most of the current safety precautions in place as we continue to assess guidance from public health partners. University leadership made this decision after considering feedback from employee groups and other stakeholders, who requested a measured and cautious approach to lifting UO safety restrictions. The university will continue to assess and adjust as necessary as we prepare to come back together for in-person instruction and activities this fall.

Current Situation
Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 30, Governor Brown will lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions previously issued under Oregon emergency orders, including restrictions for higher education, due to increasing vaccination rates. Statewide efforts will shift to community recovery. UO’s practices will now be guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education, as well as scientific best practices and other applicable local public health guidance. The CDC has stated it will provide updated guidance for higher education prior to the fall academic term.

Summer Interim Safety Guidance
The UO has enacted summer interim guidance that will be in effect until further notice as we continue to assess guidance from public health partners through summer. Any adjustments will be communicated to campus. This interim guidance applies to all university employees, students, contractors, volunteers, and visitors on university-owned or -controlled property at all UO locations. It includes:

  • Face Coverings: Face coverings are required indoors except when alone in a room or when eating in an area designated for dining or breaks. This applies even when all individuals in a room or space are fully vaccinated. Masks are no longer required outdoors.
  • Physical Distancing: Once the Oregon OSHA COVID-19 workplace rule is repealed, physical distancing is no longer required. Oregon OSHA is expected to repeal the distancing requirement in the very near future, but until then employees need to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals while working. Regardless of regulations, individuals are encouraged to maintain distance when possible, especially when eating or if not fully vaccinated.
  • Symptom Screening: All individuals who will be on-site at any UO location are encouraged to perform a daily health screening prior to coming to campus. Individuals should stay home when sick and seek medical care as needed.
  • Contact Tracing: All individuals on-site at any UO location are expected to promptly cooperate with COVID-19 case investigation or contact tracing when contacted to prevent further spread of the virus and abide by current isolation and quarantine guidance provided by the Oregon Health Authority and local public health authorities.
  • Testing: All students living in UO housing who are fully vaccinated, confirmed by University Health Services, are exempt from COVID-19 testing. All other students living in UO housing are required to test weekly for COVID-19.

More information on this guidance can be found on the COVID-19 resources guidance webpage.

These are the UO’s required safety precautions. Individuals may take additional precautions appropriate for their own personal preferences and circumstances, especially those who are not vaccinated or have other unique medical concerns.

The Human Resources COVID-19 resources webpage provides additional information about support and resources for employees and supervisors. As we make our way to fall term, employees are encouraged to actively plan and prepare for their unique needs. The Path to Fall support resources assembled by HR provide employees and supervisors with helpful information.

Again, thank you for taking care of yourselves, your co-workers and students, and our community. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

André Le Duc
Chief Resilience Officer
Associate Vice President for Safety and Risk Services

Mark Schmelz
Chief Human Resources Officer
Associate Vice President