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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July 20, 2020 – Athletics postponed until spring term

Posted on July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020 – Athletics postponed until the spring term EOU Community,  For this week’s Resumption Plan message, I wanted to share an important update with the university community regarding the fall season for our intercollegiate athletics programs.  Earlier today, a majority vote by the Council of Presidents of the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) led […]

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June 22, 2020 – Updated Summary Response Table from HR

Posted on June 22, 2020

Human Resources has updated the summary table of COVID-19 public health emergency employee work duties and pay. Click the button below to download the table.

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June 15, 2020 – EOU reports first on-campus COVID-19 cases

Posted on June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020 – EOU reports first on-campus COVID-19 cases Dear EOU Community,  We are reaching out to let you know that Eastern Oregon University was notified late yesterday and this morning by two La Grande employees that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees are quarantined at home and under medical care, and facilities […]

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June 15, 2020 – Resumption Planning

Posted on June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020 – Resumption Planning Dear EOU Community,  As announced during this week’s Virtual Chat Room, the EOU Leadership Team will provide updates on EOU’s resumption planning on Friday afternoons during the summer break. These weekly messages will assist in keeping the EOU community informed on our university-wide planning process.  Our priorities continue to […]

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May 22, 2020 – EOU Reopening Plans Update

Posted on May 22, 2020

Dear EOU Community,  As we approach the close of the spring academic term, we want to share ongoing updates with you regarding EOU’s campus reopening plans. Oregon’s public universities are working with state leaders and have developed a framework with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for review by the Oregon Health Authority.  […]

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May 15, 2020 – Reopening plans for EOU

Posted on May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020 – Reopening plans for EOU Dear EOU Community,  As many of you have heard in the media, Union County has been approved by the state to begin Phase I of the reopening process, effective May 15. This is great news! Phase I includes the limited reopening of restaurants and bars, personal services […]

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May 7, 2020 – 2020 in-person commencement ceremony postponed

Posted on May 7, 2020

May 7, 2020 – 2020 in-person commencement ceremony postponed Eastern Oregon University, along with many other colleges and universities, is postponing it’s in-person commencement exercises this spring. EOU will honor spring graduates with a virtual recognition on June 13, the same date the in-person ceremony was scheduled to take place on campus. EOU is working […]

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April 28, 2020 – HECC sends a message of assurance

Posted on April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020 – HECC sends a message of assurance The Higher Education Coordinating Commission has released a joint message from: the Oregon Community College Association representing Oregon’s 17 community colleges; the Oregon Council of Presidents representing Oregon’s eight public universities; and the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities representing 15 Oregon private non-profit colleges and universities. View the original […]

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April 27, 2020 – Pass/No Pass deadline extended

Posted on April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020 – Pass/No Pass deadline extended An amendment to EOU’s Grading Policy extends the deadline for undergraduate students to select a pass/no pass (P*/NP) grading option for spring term 2020 classes.  The policy extends the timeframe for a student to decide on a P*/NP option through the end of the seventh week of […]

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April 23, 2020 – CARES funds distribution process through FAO

Posted on April 23, 2020

CARES funds distribution process through FAO The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides emergency grants to students enrolled in on-campus programs. Resources are available for students who feel that they have experienced a financial loss due to COVID-19. To be eligible for CARES Act funding, students must be eligible for Federal Financial […]

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April 17, 2020 – Governor extends the prohibition of in-person instruction

Posted on April 17, 2020

Governor extends the prohibition of in-person instruction Governor Kate Brown has extended the prohibition of in-person instruction through June 13. Click here to download the Governor’s latest statement.

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April 13, 2020 – EOU adjusts student fees in light of pandemic

Posted on April 13, 2020

EOU adjusts student fees in light of pandemic LA GRANDE, Ore. –  Eastern Oregon University’s Board of Trustees approved changes to lower mandatory student fees for spring term, as part of the institution’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Finance and Administration Committee recommended reducing the Building Fee, Health Service Fee and Hoke Special Renovation […]

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April 13, 2020 – Virtual Chat with President Tom Insko

Posted on April 13, 2020

Virtual Chat with President Tom Insko Join President Tom Insko and a panel of EOU students, faculty and staff for a virtual, round-table discussion about their first weeks of remote-access learning. The conversation starts at 3 p.m. on April 13. To join the session, visit, https://eou.zoom.us/j/324050549?pwd=UEpHY05YdVRadU9ZK3ZQU0V3SGRHZz09.

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March 30, 2020 – Updated Summary Table of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Employee Work Duties and Pay – Updated July 31, 2020

Posted on March 30, 2020

Updated Summary Table of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Employee Work Duties and Pay Please download the updated July 23, 2020 Summary Table of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Employee Work Duties and Pay. This table provides information on how employees should be compensated in various scenarios related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 29, 2020 – Spring term startup and information

Posted on March 29, 2020

Spring term startup and information Dear EOU Community, During this unprecedented time for Eastern Oregon University and our country, we are excited for Spring Term 2020 to start. Thank you for your work over the past few weeks to prepare for this new environment and ensure that we continue to provide an excellent education and […]

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March 27, 2020 – EOU Foundation Crisis Funds support students during pandemic

Posted on March 27, 2020

EOU Foundation Crisis Funds support students during pandemic During this uncharted time in history, alumni and friends of Eastern Oregon University (EOU) have begun to ask how they can assist students in crisis.  “What we are experiencing is unprecedented,” said EOU Foundation President Dr. Patrick Nearing. “The local and national response to the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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March 25, 2020 – All Oregon public universities to no longer require standardized admissions tests

Posted on March 25, 2020

All Oregon public universities to no longer require standardized admissions tests  March 25, 2020 All Oregon public universities to no longer require standardized admissions tests  By Steve Clark, 541-737-3808, 503-502-8217, steve.clark@oregonstate.edu Sources: Eastern Oregon University: Lacy Karpilo, 541-962-3635, lkarpilo@eou.edu Portland State University: Chuck Knepfle, 503-725-3404, knepfle@pdx.edu Oregon State University: Jon Boeckenstedt, 541-737-0759, 541-908-7210, jon.boeckenstedt@oregonstate.edu Southern […]

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March 25, 2020 – EOU Technology Resources for Students

Posted on March 25, 2020

EOU Technology Resources for Students EOU is working to provide the resources you and your instructors need to adapt to the changing environment brought on by the current situation.  We understand you may not have access to the technology you need to complete your coursework away from the EOU campus so we wanted to provide […]

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March 25, 2020 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act Poster

Posted on March 25, 2020

Download the poster here.

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March 25, 2020 – OSP Enforcement of “Stay Home, Save Lives” Order

Posted on March 25, 2020

OSP Enforcement of “Stay Home, Save Lives” Order Dear EOU Community,   Employees who will continue working on campus have expressed concern that law enforcement may ask for written evidence that they have permission to report to work.  Please see the following information provided by the Oregon State Police and shared out publicly. The OSP states […]

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March 24, 2020 – Voicemail and phone instructions when working from home

Posted on March 24, 2020

Voicemail and phone settings while working remotely As you prepare to work from home, consider updating the outgoing message on your desk phone so external callers know you are working remotely. The following templates for voicemail messages are available for departments and individuals to customize and use. We appreciate everyone following a standard format to […]

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March 23, 2020 – From President Insko: Support during EOU’s Coronavirus Response

Posted on March 24, 2020

Dear EOU Students, I am writing to thank you again for your calm and measured approach to the COVID-19 pandemic over the last several weeks. My Mountaineer pride could not be greater given how you are responding, working together as a community, and how we are each embracing our roles as individuals in containing the […]

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