COVID-19: UOPA 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, accrued sick leave must be taken before other types of leave. Please refer to the UOPA collective bargaining agreement for sick leave and vacation information.

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

  • Sick leave
  • Vacation Leave, compensatory leave, and personal 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:

  • Seeking or awaiting results of a COVID-19 test due to symptoms or exposure; OR
    This does not include weekly testing of unvaccinated employees as required by UO.
  • COVID-19 diagnosis; OR
  • medical provider, public health authority, UO case management team, or school directed quarantine or isolation.
  • Sick leave
  • Vacation Leave, compensatory leave, and personal leave
  • UO COVID-19 Leave
  • Leave without pay – with approval from leadership that is generally granted based on operational need
  • FMLA/OFLA – based on qualifications and eligibility requirements
  • Exception process - administered through University Human Resources
  • Employees may be eligible for the Oregon COVID-19 Temporary Paid Leave Program

Off work due to obtaining immunization related to COVID-19:

  • Attending a COVID-19 vaccination appointment during scheduled UO work time will be considered paid time. Appointments that are scheduled during non-work time will not. More information is available on the UO's Coronavirus Vaccine webpage.

Off work due to recovering from any injury, disability, illness, or condition related to obtaining immunization for COVID-19:

  • Flexible work arrangement - needs based approval, if asymptomatic
  • Sick leave
  • UO COVID-19 Leave
  • Leave without pay - with approval from leadership that is generally granted based on operational need
  • FMLA/OFLA - based on qualifications and eligibility requirements
  • Exception process - administered through University Human Resources

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

  • Sick leave
  • Vacation Leave, compensatory leave, and personal leave
  • UO COVID-19 Leave (dependent must live in the employee's home and care must be related to COVID-19 exposure, illness, or diagnosis)
  • 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 to care for a child or dependent due to the closure of a school or child care facility based on a COVID-19 response.

  • Sick leave
  • Vacation Leave, compensatory leave, and personal leave
  • Leave without pay – with approval from leadership that is generally granted based on operational need
  • FMLA/OFLA – based on qualifications and eligibility requirements

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

  • Vacation Leave, compensatory leave, and personal leave
  • Leave without pay – with approval from leadership that is generally granted based on operational need