Winter term to remain a mix of remote, online and in person

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UO President Michael Schill and Provost Patrick Phillips sent the following message to the campus community Oct. 13:

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a change in the date continuing students can begin registering for winter term classes.

Dear University of Oregon students,

We are writing to announce that winter term courses at the University of Oregon will continue to be delivered much like they have been for fall term, with a mix of remote, online, and some in-person courses. In-person instruction will focus on some experiential courses, such as labs, studio or creative classes, physical education, and a handful of other courses. All in-person classes will follow strict COVID-19 precautions such as requiring face coverings, reduced density, increased air circulation, and physical distancing.

We made this decision based on our careful monitoring of COVID-19 indicators and prevalence in Lane County and across Oregon. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the health and safety of the entire UO community remains our top priority. We will continue to take precautions, evaluate the situation, and adapt as necessary in coordination and compliance with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and appropriate local health authorities.

We anticipate the winter term class schedule will be released on November 16. For registration, each class will indicate the mode of delivery. In-person courses will list the classroom. Classes marked REMOTE will include live engagement during scheduled class periods. Classes listed as WEB are designed to be delivered completely online. We will continue to offer all-remote options for students. Winter term tuition and fees will be the same as fall term. Initial registration for winter term 2021 for continuing students has been pushed back and will begin on November 23.

As is the case now, many of our buildings, including residence halls, the Knight Library, the Student Rec Center, Erb Memorial Union, research facilities, and some classroom spaces will be open to the campus community. This map provides information about operational status of all campus buildings.

Students living in the residence halls will be notified via email later in the term concerning required testing and move-in process for winter term so students and families are able to make plans.

As we look ahead to spring term, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 indicators. Our COVID-19 Monitoring and Assessment Program team will continue to ramp up capacity to allow for greater surveillance testing of students, faculty, and staff. We hope to be able to expand the level of in-person courses and experiences, as it is safe to do so. This can only happen if we all work together to prevent the spread of the virus. This requires diligent adherence to prevention measures such as mask wearing, staying home when sick, physically distancing, and not gathering in groups. It is vitally important to take these precautions on campus and off to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community.

Thank you for your resilience, perseverance, and commitment to caring for each other and our University of Oregon community.

Sincerely,

Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law

Patrick Phillips
Provost and Senior Vice President

Faculty members, officers of administration, classified employees and graduate employees also received additional information about working on campus and remotely during winter term.