Coronavirus update: A Message From President Michael H. Schill and Provost Patrick Phillips

UO moves to modified operations as part of virus precautions

The University of Oregon is making further changes to operations as it continues efforts to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Starting Wednesday, March 18, access to the UO campus will be limited to employees and students only and some buildings are temporarily closing.

While the university remains open, campus leaders continue to take steps to protect students and employees as the nation deals with the spread of COVID-19. Among the steps already announced, the university will not hold any in-person finals this week, and all classes will be offered online for at least the first three weeks of spring term.

All events drawing more than 25 people are cancelled and gatherings of more than 10 people are strongly discouraged. In addition, all employees should work from home if possible.

For a complete list of all measures being taken, see the university’s coronavirus information page.

UO President Michael H. Schill and Provost Patrick Phillips released a video in which they discuss the measures the university is taking to protect the campus community and ensure that students continue to receive a quality education.

“I want each and every student to know we are all deeply committed to their success and wellbeing. We know this is really challenging, and we are focused on providing our students with a great education, while addressing this health emergency,” Schill said. “I am incredibly proud and grateful to everyone working to maintain services and preparing to deliver remote instruction for the start of spring term. Our resilience in the face of this extraordinary situation is incredibly impressive.”

To help students facing unexpected financial difficulties due to the pandemic, the university also is increasing its support of the Students in Crisis Fund. Those who wish to help students as they navigate the changing education landscape are encouraged to donate to the fund.

Another step is the creation of a new daily parking permit program. Employees can purchase one-day parking permits for $2 as an alternative to using public transportation.

Among the steps previously announced, the university has cancelled all admissions events for the next month, suspended all nonessential travel and limited dining centers to grab-and-go options. The Pac-12 has also cancelled all spring sports.

The UO continues to work in close coordination with the Oregon Health Authority and its companion institutions and agencies to protect students and employees while continuing with its mission.

Questions, concerns or suggestions should continue to be directed to a web form or to a new coronavirus information line at 541-346-7007. The line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.