COVID-19: Student Employees Leave Options

This summary represents the intersecting policies, collective bargaining agreements and federal and state leave laws that apply to UO employees. Nothing about this information changes or modifies an employee's leave rights. For specific questions, please refer to applicable collective bargaining agreements, procedures, or policies or reach out to the Benefits Office by emailing hrbenefits@uoregon.edu.


The following scenarios help you navigate leave options during the university’s COVID-19 response. In the scenarios related to an employee’s own illness or illness of a dependent/family member, UO Emergency Paid Sick Leave and accrued sick leave must be taken before other types of leave. As the UO Emergency Paid Sick Leave expires on 12-31-20, we recommend that employees use that leave before accrued sick leave, but employees can use accrued sick leave first, if they so choose.

Off work due to a lack of work during UO modified operations.

  • UO emergency paid sick leave
  • Sick leave
  • Leave without pay – with approval from leadership that is generally granted based on operational need

Off work due to personal illness other than COVID-19.

  • UO emergency paid sick leave
  • Sick leave
  • Leave without pay – with approval from leadership that is generally granted based on operational need
  • FMLA/OFLA – based on qualifications and eligibility requirements

Off work due to your own:

  • COVID-19 diagnosis; OR
  • medical provider or public health authority recommended quarantine or isolation.

Off work to care for a dependent/family member with a personal illness including a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Off work to care for a child or dependent due to the closure of a school or child care facility based on a COVID-19 response.

Requesting to stay home based on a general concern or personal desire related to COVID-19.

  • Flexible work arrangement – needs based approval, if asymptomatic
  • Leave without pay – with approval from leadership that is generally granted based on operational need