Pandemic Resumption Plan

Resumption Plan

Yes! EOU will have La Grande campus activities in the winter!

Looking toward winter term and a new academic year, EOU continues its commitment to the health and well-being of students and the continuation of their academic progress. EOU is committed to hosting classes in-person and in flexible formats, and provide for a gradual and phased resumption of on-site university activities, in keeping with Oregon Health Authority and local health authorities’ guidelines.

EOU’s distance education students will continue to benefit from the breadth of online classes and degrees offered, with our Regional Outreach and Innovation team providing the stellar services our students have grown accustomed to receiving.

We invite you to review the components of EOU’s resumption plan here on this website. A link to the full plan is at the bottom of this document.

Principles

EOU is committed to providing the greatest level of choice and flexibility to support student access, academic progression and success. The following principles serve as the foundation to EOU’s Resumption Plan.

  • Maximize the physical distancing of participants following the current CDC and OHA guidelines
  • Staggered and modified schedules
  • Reduced density of room usage
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Continued use of technology for meetings
  • Close cooperation with local health authorities for prevalence testing and contact tracing
  • Continued public health messaging
  • Promotion of personal responsibility and safety of others 

Safety Precautions and Protocols

Eastern Oregon University has been engaged with local, regional, statewide, and national resources in preparing to resume operations and engage with students, faculty, and our community. Planning for resuming activities is a complex endeavor. The overarching principle guiding our planning is to maintain the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our community.

  • Click here for President’s Delegation of Authority to the Pandemic Response Officer and Others.
  • EOU’s Resumption Plan follows the gating criteria established by Governor Kate Brown and aligns with Union County.  As Union County is approved for Phase 1, 2 or 3, then EOU will follow suit. 
  • Face masks/coverings required across campus.
  • COVID-19 Infection Reporting and Response Protocols – isolation, quarantine, disinfect, contact tracing and notification
  • Required daily self-assessments for coronavirus symptoms prior to arriving on campus
    • Self-Assessment Protocol- Pending
  • Increasing/modifying ventilation systems
  • Plexiglas barriers on lecterns, desks and service counters.
  • Physical distancing required across campus.
  • Enhanced cleaning/disinfecting:
    • Instructional areas and venues
    • High-touch common surfaces
    • Busy pedestrian traffic areas
    • Personal workspaces
  • Capacity analyses/reductions in all campus classrooms and meeting spaces to help ensure safe physical distancing:  
    • Low-density, flexible instructional frameworks (in-person classroom, hybrid, and remote learning)
    • Staggered and modified course scheduling
    • Appropriate small and large group classroom, lab, workspaces, and activity standards.
  • Education and promotion of personal hygiene necessary for preventing virus spread (washing hands, covering coughs, etc.)
  • Promotion of personal responsibility and safety of others 
  • Optional (voluntary) personal protection equipment (PPE) (gloves, gowns, etc.) for employees
  • Continued use of technology for meetings
  • Continued public health messaging
  • Reasonable accommodations provided to employees and students with qualifying disabilities and “at-risk” medical conditions
  • Accommodation Requests
    • Employees who have an “At-Risk” medical condition or who have an ADA qualifying medical condition:  complete accommodation request form in your Mountie Hub.
    • Employees who have a household member with an “At-Risk” medical condition:  contact your supervisor/dean.
  • An OSHA coronavirus job hazard analysis (C-JHA) will be conducted for all employees, and appropriate PPE assignments for each employee will be determined by their C-JHA
  • Emergency leave of absence options for employees in allowable FFCRA and CARES Act circumstances (child care, at-risk, public transportation, etc.). See Updated Summary Table.
  • Post-coronavirus illness return-to-campus requirements and approvals in alignment with Oregon Governor Executive Orders, CDC, OHA and CHD requirements and recommendations.  

Resumption Plan Elements

EOU’s Resumption Plan includes a number of prevention and response guidance protocols to prevent and limit the spread of the virus while moving ahead to a modified in-person experience for students in winter 2021. Additionally, the plan aligns with Governor Brown’s Executive Order No. 20-28, federal, state and local public health guidelines, and specialized guidelines for student housing and athletics.

  • To comply with social distancing guidelines, winter term in-person courses may be taught in modified formats, which could include a combination of in-person time in the classroom, video conferencing and remote learning.
  • EOU requires the use of face coverings at all EOU spaces and locations and will continue to consult with local government and health authorities on the appropriate use in each Phase.

Standards and Readiness

These criteria (listed below) are set at the statewide level and are applicable by county:

  • Declining prevalence of COVID-19
  • Adequate contact tracing system
  • Adequate isolation facilities
  • Adequate testing capability
  • Confirmed surge capacity
  • Sufficient healthcare capacity
  • Sufficient local capacity of personal protective equipment 
  • Finalized statewide sector guidelines

EOU consults regularly with local authorities to confirm the following components of readiness to resume onsite activity. For both testing and contact tracing, local capacity through Public Health and regional healthcare providers is sufficient to demand in Union County.

Read through the entire Resumption Plan for complete details.

Still have questions?  Submit them to the Campus Resumption Team.

EOU Resumption Highlights

Collaboration with Local Authorities

  • Union County and local healthcare providers currently have sufficient capacity to provide appropriate contact tracing and testing. EOU consults regularly with our county health officials to maintain readiness standards established by Governor Brown.
  • If needed, EOU will provide assistance to Union County and local health care providers for contact tracing and testing.
  • If located outside Union County, please contact your local health authority for information on testing and contact tracing capabilities.

La Grande Campus Activities

  • To the extent allowable under official public health standards, EOU will seek to resume in-person activities.
  • EOU will operate in a low-density, flexible framework.
  • EOU will comply with appropriate small and large group activity standards established by the Oregon Health Authority and Union County.

Instructional Delivery

  • In-person courses may be taught in modified formats to comply with physical distancing, which could include a combination of in-person time in the classroom, hybrid and remote learning.
  • Lower density for classrooms, labs, workplaces and events will be utilized.

Events

For events and event cancellations including Athletics information, please click here.

Resumption of Activities Planning