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EOU Community, Before we close out the school year, I am providing an update on Eastern Oregon University’s COVID-19 vaccine policy for Fall 2021. We deliberated this decision at length, evaluated science and public health recommendations, and surveyed the EOU community to identify the best path to restoring a healthy, highly engaged on-campus community for […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]