COVID-19: Recruitment Guidance

The University of Oregon has modified its operations to safeguard the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the community due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Talent Acquisition will continue to adapt recruitment and hiring processes and timelines in accordance with the University’s COVID-19 response. This page will outline deviations from standard recruitment guidance and documentation and will be updated as information and resources become available.
Last updated June 16, 2020 at 9:06 a.m.

Hiring Freeze FAQ

Hiring Freeze

On March 19, the university instituted a hiring freeze. The freeze applied to both positions that were in active recruitment at the time of the freeze and new requests to recruit. The duration of this freeze will be assessed on a regular basis as we move forward.

The hiring freeze applies to ongoing and temporary positions. Student employment positions are exempt from the hiring freeze, with some exceptions. Questions about the status of graduate employees during the hiring freeze should be directed to the Graduate School at For additional information on temporary hires during this hiring freeze, please see HR Operations COVID-19 Update page.

Exception Requests

Campus leaders and HR staff across the UO have been notified and provided guidance regarding the hiring suspension via an HR Community of Practice email dated Thursday, March 19th. Posted positions will not be automatically reviewed for exception and all positions are considered frozen. Units who believe they need an exception for currently posted positions or those they would like to post may request an exception request through their dean/vice president (or designee) which will be reviewed by an Institutional Exception Review Panel. For further details on the hiring freeze, please see the Community of Practice email or contact your recruiter.

Search Committees

For searches with an approved exception request, we have published additional search committee guidance that covers remote interviewing. Please see this guidance in the menu bar on the right.

Employment Offers

With the implementation of the hiring freeze, hiring managers and HR administrators no longer have the ability to advance a candidate to the status of “Contingent Offer Accepted.” If you have an authorized exception, or an offer that was made prior to the freeze but not yet updated in MyTrack, please reach out to your assigned recruiter to discuss next steps.


If you have questions about current changes to recruitment practice or published guidance, please feel free to email the Talent Acquisition Team at or contact your recruiter.