Oct. 15, 2021 – Friday COVID Update

Posted on October 15, 2021

EOU Employees and Students, Important Deadline for Student and Employee Vaccination Requirement Students and employees who work, learn or engage in-person on EOU’s La Grande campus have until next Friday, Oct. 22 to submit their proof of vaccination or request and receive an exemption.  Employees must complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Option form under the Employee […]

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Oct. 8, 2021 – Friday COVID Update

Posted on October 8, 2021

EOU Employees and Students, Earlier this year, EOU committed to work to hold Homecoming 2021 with safety measures in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Over the last two months, we have tracked community transmission rates and assessed the potential impact, while monitoring peer institutions that have hosted similar festivities. Anticipated attendance works well […]

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Oct. 1, 2021 – Friday COVID Update

Posted on October 1, 2021

EOU Community, It is critical to the ongoing health and safety of our campus community that every person stays vigilant about their daily health. Even minor symptoms like a runny nose or sore throat warrant staying home. We must all err on the side of caution and do not come to campus if you are, […]

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Sept. 24, 2021 – Friday COVID Update

Posted on September 24, 2021

EOU Community, A new year opens in a few short days, and we are eager to embark on this journey together. EOU is in a secure financial position and enrollment projections show the university performing better than many peer institutions.  Please find this week’s reminders and updates below:  Data dashboard updated to include vaccination info: […]

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Sept. 17, 2021 – Friday COVID Update

Posted on September 17, 2021

EOU Community, Throughout this pandemic, our primary goals have been to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for the university community and to enable our students to make academic progress. A lot of people on campus have been collaborating almost non-stop on those goals to adapt classes, offices, programs and events, and provide the […]

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Sept. 10, 2021 – Friday COVID Update

Posted on September 10, 2021

EOU Community, This week’s Friday COVID Update highlights two key reminders regarding the importance of staying home if you are ill or have symptoms and employee requirements to provide their vaccination status.  Remain at home if you are ill With the increasing incidence of the Delta COVID variant, it is important to remind all employees […]

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Sept. 3, 2021 – Friday Covid Update

Posted on September 3, 2021

EOU Community, The Sept. 15 deadline for employees to select their COVID-19 vaccination option is approaching quickly. More than half of EOU employees have already completed the Vaccination Option form in Mountie Hub.  The form in Mountie Hub offers five options for employees: Already vaccinated: Select this option and upload a photo of your vaccination […]

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Aug. 30, 2021 – Important updates for students: Testing requirements and deadline for COVID immunization verification

Posted on August 30, 2021

**IMPORTANT UPDATES**  The FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine today (Monday, August 23), which means EOU’s vaccination requirement is now in effect. To meet the requirement, all students who plan to work, learn or engage with EOU on-campus in La Grande this fall need to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file […]

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Aug. 27, 2021 – Friday COVID Update

Posted on August 27, 2021

EOU Community –  This week’s Friday COVID Update includes information about employee updates to their vaccination status and updates on EOU’s face covering policy in relation to the Governor’s recent announcement of an outdoor mask mandate. Employees – there are two important dates to take note of: September 15:  deadline for selecting your vaccination option […]

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Aug. 23, 2021 – From the President: FDA approval of COVID vaccine puts EOU 60-day requirement into effect

Posted on August 23, 2021

Dear University Community, Today, the FDA gave its full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. This announcement moves EOU’s vaccination requirement into full effect.  The requirement states that all students and employees who work, learn or engage on EOU’s main campus must show proof of being vaccinated or have an approved vaccination exemption request on […]

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Aug. 20, 2021 – COVID Update

Posted on August 23, 2021

A message from EOU INFOLINE Dear EOU Community,  Please read below for this week’s important updates regarding the university’s ongoing pandemic response as we continue planning for in-person classes and activities on the main campus this fall. Updated EOU Face Covering Policy  Proper face coverings required indoors for groups and shared areas, regardless of vaccination […]

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Aug. 13, 2021 – COVID Update

Posted on August 23, 2021

A message from EOU INFOLINE Dear EOU Community,  In response to the highly contagious Delta variant, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that masks will be required statewide in all indoor public spaces, effective today, August 13.  The Executive Leadership Team is evaluating EOU’s Face Covering Policy in light of this requirement and accompanying guidance from […]

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Aug. 6, 2021 – COVID Update

Posted on August 23, 2021

A message from EOU INFOLINE Dear EOU Community,  For this week’s Friday COVID Update, we have a few health notices for on-campus employees as the university prepares for a successful 2021-22 academic year.  Vaccination Option Survey in Mountie Hub closes August 11 Thank you to the many employees who have completed the Mountie Hub survey, […]

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July 30, 2021 – Updates to EOU Face Covering Policy, Pandemic Response Officer

Posted on August 23, 2021

A message from EOU INFOLINE Dear EOU Community,  Within the last several days, new guidance regarding the use of face coverings has been issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). EOU’s Face Covering Policy was already consistent with these new OHA and CDC recommendations, and some additional updates […]

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July 19, 2021 – COVID-19 vaccination verification & exemption survey for employees

Posted on July 19, 2021

As EOU continues to plan for resumption of normal operations in Fall 2021, while ensuring the continued health and safety of our university community, the Human Resources Department is gathering information about proof of COVID-19 vaccination of employees working on EOU’s main campus. This is the first step in verifying proof of vaccination or requesting […]

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July 19, 2021 – Next steps for fall vaccination requirements

Posted on July 19, 2021

Dear Students,  As we prepare to welcome you back this fall with restored in-person classes and activities, now is the time to verify COVID-19 vaccination or request an exemption. Beginning 60 days after any COVID-19 vaccine receives full FDA approval, all EOU students who learn, work or engage with the university in-person on our main […]

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June 30, 2021-From the President: EOU health & safety guidelines remain in effect after June 30

Posted on June 30, 2021

Colleagues,  While all state level pandemic restrictions will lift on June 30 (EO 21-15), Eastern Oregon University policies and guidelines for face coverings and distancing will remain in effect, pending guidance from the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR-OSHA) and completion of our planning for vaccination verifications and exemptions. This is consistent with our […]

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May 26, 2021 – Interim Policy Revisions Adopted – COVID-19 Pandemic Face Covering Policy

Posted on May 26, 2021

Interim Policy Revisions Adopted – COVID-19 Pandemic Face Covering Policy                   President Insko has adopted interim revisions to the COVID-19 Pandemic Face Covering Policy.  Changes can be viewed via this redlined version: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ULQjwgktxgXhkB8brBGVTrKwnscZa6zd/view?usp=sharing Revisions are in response to new guidance issued by OSHA & OHA regarding the use of face […]

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May 21, 2021 – Update on Face Covering Requirements on main EOU campus

Posted on May 22, 2021

Dear EOU Community,  Within the last several days, new guidance regarding the use of face coverings has been issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).  The OHA guidance on Masks, Face Coverings, Face Shields states that individuals no longer need to wear masks outdoors. This is true […]

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Feb. 5, 2021 – COVID-19 Vaccination Survey

Posted on February 4, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Survey As shared in the recent EOU Chat Room, Eastern Oregon University plans to coordinate with government and public health vaccination efforts, and we intend to provide the EOU community with information regarding access to vaccines through this county-wide effort. Our goal is to expand COVID-19 prevention to include support for vaccinations for […]

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Jan. 14, 2021 – EOU responding to additional COVID-19 cases

Posted on January 14, 2021

Following newly reported positive COVID-19 cases, EOU will be listed in outbreak status by the Oregon Health Authority next week. The OHA considers a cluster of five or more interconnected cases within a distinct space and time an “outbreak,” unless a more likely alternative source is identified. These cases occurred within a student pod, and […]

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Dec. 10, 2020 – Winter Term Testing for COVID-19

Posted on December 11, 2020

This post has information about Winter Term preparations for on-campus students. Read on for a link to the student questionnaire and information about COVID-19 testing. Questionnaire due by Dec. 18 Students taking in-person classes and/or using on-campus services must complete the Winter Term Preparations Questionnaire by Dec. 18. EOU will provide COVID-19 tests Students taking […]

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Nov. 24, 2020 – Non-essential employees to work remotely following Thanksgiving Break

Posted on November 24, 2020

Following Thanksgiving Break, only assigned essential employees will work on campus while all others will work remotely for the month of December. Similar to last Spring Term, campus buildings will be locked Nov. 26 through Jan. 4.  Faculty and staff will work with students who need access to academic buildings, the library and dining services. […]

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Nov. 16, 2020 – Governor issues two-week “freeze”

Posted on November 16, 2020

EOU Community:  EOU will maintain current operations, as our existing COVID-19 protocols comply with standards set in the statewide two-week freeze announced today by the Governor’s Office.  Employees’ work arrangements will continue as previously determined by HR and their direct supervisors. Campus dining services will adapt to take-out only, and the fitness center will be […]

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November 10, 2020 – Governor places Union County on two-week pause

Posted on November 10, 2020

EOU Community,  You may be aware that Gov. Brown has placed a number of counties on a two-week pause, including Union County, beginning Nov. 11. The county is experiencing a rise in cases, as is the university. Students and employees have tested positive following external interactions.  Existing university protocols, including those for the EOU fitness […]

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October 26, 2020 – Winter term plans

Posted on October 26, 2020

Dear EOU Community,  All things considered, we have had a fantastic start to the academic year! It was wonderful to welcome students back to campus in September. Today, I share an update on Eastern Oregon University’s plans for Winter Term 2020, continuing our journey together during this unprecedented academic year. I remain grateful to the […]

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September 8, 2020 – President Insko’s Resumption Update

Posted on September 10, 2020

September 8, 2020 – President Insko’s Resumption Update Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, With gratitude for the incredible work of so many colleagues, I write to update you on Eastern Oregon University’s path forward for Fall Term 2020 in the midst of the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic. As previously communicated, we are […]

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August 21, 2020 – Resumption Digest

Posted on August 21, 2020

Dear EOU Community,  I encourage you to become familiar with our new social norms for fall term, as outlined in this short video: youtube.com/watch?v=PHd_ROzv888&t=33s. We are all working together to prevent the spread of disease by following these safe behaviors in the workplace:  Daily self-evaluation Before you come to campus each day, check your temperature. […]

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August 7, 2020 – Resumption Digest

Posted on August 7, 2020

Dear EOU Community,  This week, I wanted to share a brief update on the work of the Space and Logistics Team toward ensuring adequate physical distance in classrooms and other spaces this fall, and a health reminder to everyone about hand-washing. We continue to ask students, faculty and staff  for input and feedback regarding EOU’s […]

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July 31, 2020 – Coronavirus update

Posted on August 3, 2020

A message from EOU INFOLINE Dear EOU Community,  This week, I wanted to share a couple of updates around the university’s resumption planning process. First of all, EOU is aware of the Governor’s new requirements for K12 schools and the impact it will have on employees and students as districts move to hold classes virtually. […]

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