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March 12, 2020 – Finals to move online

EOU Community,

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together to respond to the dynamic situation associated with the COVID-19. 

First, Eastern Oregon University is open and plans to remain open and operational.

Second, our focus is to: 1) decrease the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities and protect the health of EOU students and employees; and 2) ensure our students can continue their academic progress. 

This morning, we received new directives from the Governor and state public health officials on efforts to decrease the spread of this virus. The new guidelines have a direct impact on Eastern Oregon University, as outlined below. This information is subject to change as this situation evolves.

Below you will find updated information on:

  • End of Winter Term and Finals
  • Spring Break
  • Spring Term
  • Social Distancing Practices for Athletics, Dining, Travel and Operations

End of Winter Term and Finals Week – March 13-21

Classes: Classes will continue this week as scheduled unless you hear otherwise from your faculty member.  

Finals week: Finals Week is operational as scheduled at EOU next week. Faculty and students should follow the Final Exam schedule posted in the Academic Catalog for 2019-20. Faculty-published syllabi should have already indicated the modality for exams.  So as not to surprise students with a new venue for exams during their stressful period of exam-preparation, please commit to exams/presentations as planned or announced to students in the syllabi any given course.  

To mitigate transmission of the virus during finals week, please observe social distancing measures of three feet or more between students, as recommended by the state health authority. Please check with the Registrar’s Office if you need a larger space for conducting the final exam.  

Spring Break – March 20-27

Travel: We recommend students, faculty and staff minimize travel and follow social distancing guidelines included below. If you have been to areas with high infection rates or have reason to believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19, please continue to take extra caution and follow these guidelines for hand washing and other preventative measures.

On-campus housing and dining: EOU’s residence halls will remain open. Sodexo is coordinating with Student Affairs and Residence Life to provide adequate social distancing in Hoke Union Building. Food will continue to be available for students, including by delivery to Residence Halls if students are ill. 

Spring Term – Effective March 30

Classes: Spring term classes will be offered as scheduled. We will deliver classes remotely where it is feasible. Courses that need to take place in-person will work to limit group sizes or expand classroom space to provide more distance between participants.  

Student Computer Labs: Labs will remain open for student use to ensure students have access to courses delivered remotely. 

Social Distancing: Guidelines as outlined below will continue to be in effect.

Continued awareness: Please continue to observe and take precautions as noted below to avoid the spread of the virus and ensure your health and safety. 

Additional information: Specific information for groups such as students, faculty, staff and supervisors, will continue to be shared later today and tomorrow. 

Social Distancing Guidance – Effective 3/12

Social distancing is the direct effort of decreasing the spread of infection and includes reducing interactions between people, such as limiting proximity to others, decreasing attendance at events and limiting non-essential travel. 

Per guidance from the State of Oregon, all gatherings over 250 people will be canceled statewide effective tomorrow, March 13. A gathering is defined as any event in a space in which appropriate social distancing of a minimum of three feet cannot be maintained. Non-essential meetings over 20 people will be limited or need to be moved to online.  

EOU Athletics: In coordination with the Cascade Collegiate Conference, competitions are suspended until March 29, effective immediately. The EOU Fitness Center in Quinn Coliseum will be closed, effective March 12 to 29. The NAIA has cancelled the winter championships, effective immediately. The Cascade Collegiate Conference is working with EOU and other athletic directors and staff on this issue. 

Dining: We are providing for adequate social distancing in Hoke Union Building. We are also ensuring that food is available for students if they are ill. 

Travel: A key measure to reduce COVID-19 transmission is minimizing travel. At this time, EOU is suspending all non-essential, university-related domestic and international travel until further notice. We are developing guidelines and an approval form which we will communicate with departments. 

Operations: Employees should be prepared to come to work and perform their duties unless otherwise arranged and approved by their supervisor and vice president. Employees with concerns regarding their ability to work should discuss options with their supervisor. Guidance on telework is provided in collective bargaining agreements and the AP Handbook, available on the Human Resources website under “Miscellaneous.”

We will continue to evaluate social distancing guidelines and any adjustments will be communicated to the university community.  

We continue to stay in close contact with other Oregon universities, the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Health Authority and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and appreciate their leadership. 

This situation is continually evolving and we are working to keep the university community updated with important information as it becomes available. We also appreciate everyone’s work at EOU on planning and implementing changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Thank you for your understanding, patience and flexibility during this time.

Thank you,

EOU Leadership