Instructors asked to open classes to visiting families Oct. 27

Family members taking photos

Faculty members and instructors are encouraged to open their classes to visitors Friday, Oct. 27, when about 5,000 people will be on campus for the annual UO Fall Family Weekend.

Event organizers say sitting through actual classes give parents and other family members a better understanding of their first-year students’ day-to-day experience at the UO, including the experience of going to class.

“Involved and informed parent and family members are instrumental in their student’s success and persistence,” said Erika Swanson, director of parent and family programs in the Division of Student Life, “With the help of instructors and faculty, we can provide these families the opportunity to experience UO academics. Our visitors sincerely appreciate the ability to witness the caliber of instruction and student inquiry that happens every day across campus.”

Those interested in opening up their classrooms to visiting families and alumni are asked to submit information by using an online form or by emailing the course name and number, instructor name, location, and time to, by Friday, Oct. 20. Visitors will be asked not to participate or disrupt class unless the instructor encourages their involvement.

Fall Family Weekend is Oct. 27–29. Visitors will take part in activities across campus, including homecoming, football and volleyball games and the Innovation Summit.