The start of this school year is different for all of us.
For some, it is their first time stepping foot on campus. For others, it marks the return after 18 months of remote work and learning. Others still have been working, learning, and researching on campus all along.
The last year and a half has changed us all, but now we have the chance to once again walk through a bustling campus.
Classrooms: What to Expect
Yes, masks are required, and classrooms will be at full capacity. Be ready for attending school in person during this phase of the pandemic.
Sit in a classroom with fellow Ducks. Hang out on the quad. Study with classmates at the EMU or Knight Library. Have impromptu conversations with coworkers in the lab or hallway. Catch a game or work out with friends. Bump into classmates walking along 13th Avenue.
We are better equipped to handle the virus. We know masks and vaccines work. With an overwhelming majority of us vaccinated, new testing protocols in place, and more knowledge about the virus, we can more safely return to campus.
Working as one, supporting each other, we can move forward together amid the pandemic, and regain some of the shared campus experiences that we Ducks anticipate.
Regardless of where you’re coming from or what role you play in our community, this is our chance to move #ForwardTogether into a new future.
It will be 18 months since many of us have stepped foot inside a classroom or lab. Although the virus continues to linger, the university community is prepared and ready to move forward together, tackling the challenges that lie ahead, embracing the new normal, and resuming the experiences that make the UO the special place it is.
As students, faculty members, and staff prepare for in-person classes this fall, we asked some of them to share how their lives changed during the pandemic and what excites them most about being on campus again.
A return to normal
An opportunity to improve
Welcoming the routine
Campus energy returns
Breaking out of the box