Returning to Campus

COVID-19: Returning to Campus 

Student-related resources, information and guidelines

MOUNTAINEERS CARE  

We are committed to supporting the health and well-being of our entire EOU community. Together as a community we can care for ourselves and support each other by following the community expectations.  The values of diversity, equity, and inclusion guided us in our reopening efforts. 

  • We acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting black, indigenous and people of color. 
  • We will provide outreach and resources to all of our students including the most vulnerable populations; providing support to help students push through the barriers they encounter so that they can reach their academic goals.

COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS 

1. Wear a face covering.  

The University requires the use of face coverings in enclosed public and common areas and in outdoor areas where physical distancing is not easily maintained. Face coverings and masks must cover the nose and mouth at all times. The material should fit snugly to the face and under the chin.  See detailed mask policy: 6.31.05 Pandemic Face Coverings.

2. Maintain physical distancing.

Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others indoors and outside. Common areas such as the dining hall have been adapted to meet these standards, and receive enhanced cleaning. Staying apart, doesn’t mean shutting down socially. Take care of your mental and emotional health, too. If you’re feeling isolated or down, reach out and connect with our Student Health and Counseling Center eou.edu/health

3. Wash hands frequently. 

Wash your hands when you return home from a public space, after using the restroom and before preparing food. Proper hand-washing takes at least 20 seconds, and includes scrubbing your palms, wrists, fingers and thumbs with soap under warm water. If you can’t use soap and water, use hand sanitizer with 60% to 95% alcohol content.

4. Conduct a daily wellness self-check.

EOU requires  students to conduct a self-check for COVID-19 symptoms each day before coming to campus. If you detect known COVID-19 symptoms (including minor ones), stay home, notify your professors, Student Affairs and the Student Health Center. COVID-19 symptoms include: cough, fever or chills, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms including muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, nasal congestion and runny nose are also symptoms associated with COVID-19, but are non-specific. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also has an online Symptom Checker

It’s OK to stay home, even if your symptoms are minor. Resources are available to stay caught up on classes remotely for a day or a week — stay away from others until you’ve been symptom-free for 48 hours. 

5. Abide by state, local, and university restrictions. 

All gatherings must comply with EOU’s mask and physical distancing policies and with local, state and county restrictions. To help keep yourself and the community safe it is important to adhere to these state, local, and university guidelines:

RETURNING TO CAMPUS 

Preparing for the term

 As you plan for the school year, we recommend you add a thermometer, hand sanitizer and extra masks to your school supply list.  EOU will provide each student with (one) EOU logo mask. 

COVID-19 Testing  

EOU will conduct COVID-19 screenings for all students intending to be on campus fall term (incoming residential students, student-athletes and students living off campus attending oncampus courses). We will have the mass testing event on Monday, Sept. 21 in Community Stadium. Attendance is mandatory.

All students are expected to start their quarantine beginning at 5 p.m. the evening of Friday, Sept. 18 prior to the mass testing event on Monday. Residential students will be provided with meal delivery while in quarantine. Off-campus students should prepare to quarantine (food and other supplies) until results are received. There will be a series of virtual events and activities for all students while in quarantine.

The EOU COVID-19 tests are self-administered gentle lower nasal swabs (RT-PCR based tests) and will be used to screen students prior to the start of the term. Prior to the event you will receive detailed instructions about the test, plus when and where to arrive for your test. 

Bring your cell phone with you to the testing site to download the test activation app (laptops will be available for students without cell phone access). Test results are expected to be returned within 72 hours. 

All students who have been tested will be quarantined until test results are returned. If any on-campus residential students test positive for COVID-19, they will be immediately moved to isolation rooms. If any off-campus students test positive, they will be required to isolate at their off-campus location. Students who test negative will be allowed to leave quarantine (on-campus students will be allowed to leave once all of their roommates receive their results). 

In order to facilitate this level of testing all classes will be held remotely for the first week of the Fall Term, and Week of Welcome events will be held virtually. In-person classes and Week of Welcome events will return to modified operations after test results have been evaluated.

Students who will not be in La Grande on Monday, Sept. 21 must notify Student Affairs at saffairs@eou.edu to arrange alternative testing.

Prior to return to La Grande Campus (enhanced precautions)

The University requests that students take enhanced precautions at home 14 days prior to moving into the Residence Halls, attending university events, and/or attending any in-person class. Precautions include the following: 

  • Remain at home to limit exposure. 
  • Monitor health. 
  • Avoid large gatherings. 
  • Wear a mask and physically distance when in public.
  • Limit interactions with others outside of your family or those that you are currently living with.  
  • Follow directions of your state or local health authority.  

This is a protective measure that limits exposure to individuals who may be infected with COVID-19 and can transmit the virus. We recognize that this presents challenges, but it is a highly effective measure to limit the spread of virus to EOU once classes begin.

Residence Hall and Move-In Risk Reduction Strategy  

The University recommends that students moving into the Residence Halls with underlying health concerns speak with their personal medical care provider to review associated health risks and recommended health precautions. 

These guidelines apply to all persons affiliated with the EOU Residence Halls (North Hall, Daugherty Hall, Alikut Hall and EOCENE).

Prior to move-in (applies to all residential students):

The University requests the student to take enhanced precautions at home for the 14 days prior to moving into the halls on September 18. Precautions include the following: 

  • Remain at home to limit exposure. 
  • Monitor health. 
  • Avoid large gatherings. 
  • Wear a mask and physically distance when in public.
  • Limit interactions with others outside of your family or those that you are currently living with.  
  • Follow the directions of your state or local health authority.  

Student Housing Move-in

Move-in has been modified to increase safety of students, guests and staff. The following guidelines outline the modifications:

  • Residents will be assigned a specific time to move into their room.
    • Please look for your assigned move-in time in your housing packet.
    • You may contact Residence Life to acquire or change your move-in time.
  • Residents, guests and staff will not be allowed in the Residence Halls if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Symptoms include:
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
  • Residents, guests and staff will be given a wellness check before entry into the residence halls.
  • Residents will be allowed no more than two helpers to assist with move-in.
  • Masks will be required for the duration of move-in inside any building including student rooms.
  • Residents, guests and staff must wash hands and use hand sanitizer regularly. 

Athletics return to campus 

Please contact Athletics at  541-962-3400 or mtbarnett@eou.edu

Traveling outside of Union County (for residential and students taking in-person classes or attending on campus events)

The University strongly encourages students to limit travel and remain in Union County to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

EOU Cleaning Procedures

Follow this link to watch a series of videos on EOU’s cleaning procedures.

STUDENT SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

ADA accommodations

Students who have a qualifying ADA disability or those in an at-risk group for COVID-19 serious illness, who would like to receive accommodations should make an appointment with by emailing disabsvc@eou.edu or calling 541-962-3235 to reach the Disability Services Office.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is located on the corner of Sixth and L Avenue. The phone number to call for an appointment is 541-962-3524. The Student Health Center will be open starting  September 23, Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. Telehealth visits are available, as well as in-person office visits when necessary. Please visit eou.edu/health for more information.

COVID-19 Testing:

The EOU Student Health Center is following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance regarding priorities for COVID-19 testing in Oregon. 

Currently, testing is recommended for individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), as well as those who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) but are identified as close contacts of a confirmed case. 

The providers at the Student Health Center will use their clinical judgement on a case-by-case basis to decide who may need a test according to the CDC and OHA guidelines described above. Students who are ill or are concerned about needing a test for one of the above reasons should call the Student Health Center to get an appointment. 

Please call the Student Health Center before walking in to be seen, in order to try to limit the number of students in the clinic at one time, to maintain social distancing, and to ensure that each exam room and all high-touch surfaces are thoroughly cleaned between student appointments. Masks are required for students and staff in the Student Health Center.

The Student Health Center staff will visit with each student individually and determine the best time for a student to come into the Student Health Center if a test or further evaluation is needed to minimize exposure to other students.

If after visiting with one of the providers at the Student Health Center it is determined that a student needs COVID testing, the student will be given an appointment time to come in for nasal swab PCR COVID-19 testing. Students may also access testing through their primary care provider. COVID-19 tests are covered by most private insurance plans and the Oregon Health Plan, if ordered for one of the reasons described previously. Students should call their insurance provider to verify coverage. In general, insurance will not pay for COVID testing if it is done for purely screening purposes. There is also a program available that pays for testing for students who meet the CDC and OHA guidelines above, who do not have health insurance. 

For more information, visit:

CDC: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/ihe-testing.html  

FDA: govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19 

Counseling Center 

The Counseling Center will be providing HIPAA-secured Zoom sessions for individual counseling sessions and consults with students, faculty and staff. No in-person appointments will be offered, as appropriate social distancing within our small space cannot be guaranteed, and trying to do therapy with both the therapist and student wearing masks is not conducive to the practice of therapy. 

Because the two psychologists are licensed to practice psychology within the state of Oregon only, you must be in Oregon to receive services. Due to the limitations of telehealth services, students with any chronic or crisis type of struggle will be encouraged to seek services within their local community. Check out the Counseling Center website (eou.edu/counsel) for more information regarding current practices.

Learning Center 

The Learning Center/Writing Center plans to offer in-person and remote access tutoring services during the upcoming academic year. The Learning Center, Writing Center and computer lab will have limited occupancy, and all persons using these spaces and services will be required to follow university guidelines for maintaining safe work and study environments. For more information, please visit the Learning Center web pages at eou.edu/lcenter.  

Testing Center 

The Testing Center is currently operating online and on campus for EOU incoming students needing a proctor. The EOU Testing Center is not currently open to the general public or other college attendees.  

To request an Accuplacer exam, please email testing@eou.edu with Accuplacer in the subject line. We will send you the needed information form to schedule your exam via Zoom. 

If you are an EOU student and needing a form of proctoring on campus, please email testing@eou.edu and let us know the test name, course name, professor, company name, etc. and we will reply with instructions and/or questions. 

Center for Student Involvement 

Students have many ways to get connected and involved with our campus community. Our clubs and organizations will offer members a chance to meet both in-person and remotely to help students get connected to their groups. 

There will be opportunities to attend events and co-curricular activities in person and/or engage virtually as programs are adapted. Participation in programs will require the use of a face covering and physical distancing. 

Activities offered will not be opened to the general public. For more information on clubs and organizations as well as events offered, please visit eou.edu/csi.

Week of Welcome 

Week of Welcome (WOW) kicks off on Saturday, September 19. All activities will be held virtually until test results are returned. To register or find out more information about WOW, please go to eou.edu/wow.

Outdoor Adventure Program

The Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) will be operating on a more limited basis as a result of heightened risk management protocols and reductions in in-person programming brought about by the pandemic. 

The OAP rental shop will be open on an appointment-only basis: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Off-campus activities will require student participants to provide their own transportation. The climbing wall will also operate on an appointment-only basis with reduced hours (Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 8 p.m.) and students will be required to wear face coverings while utilizing the facility. 

For more information on outdoor programming and activities please visit eou.edu/outdoor.

EOU Library

The Library will be open to the EOU community Starting Monday, September 28.  Students will need a current ID card in order to gain entry.  

The Library will be open: 

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 2-8 p.m.  

There are two different ways that books may be borrowed from the collection.  You can request books (or other library materials) from the EOU Library catalog, and pick them up at the library the next day, or we offer a contactless checkout service right at the library checkout desk. If you are browsing library materials, please leave any books that you have touched on the special shelves provided.  We will be placing the books into quarantine before returning them to their place on the shelf.  We also request that you practice appropriate safety protocols and wash your hands after touching the materials.  Physical course reserves will not be offered in fall.  In-person browsing for popular magazines is replaced by online browsing via the Flipster service.  

Summit and interlibrary loans are available.  Requests can be placed via the Library catalog and materials can be picked up at the library circulation desk.  

Study rooms are available. The smaller study rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and the larger study rooms can be booked in advance via a booking system on the Library homepage.  Study room occupancy is limited to one person for the small study rooms, and up to two people from the same household for the larger study rooms. 
Computers are separated from each other in order to allow for social distancing. Computers are located on the ground floor, the main floor Information Center and the Library Classroom on the mezzanine level. All are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Photocopying and printing are available and (new for fall 2020!) students can access and print to the Library Information Center printer from any mobile device.  

Reference services are offered via chat, email or phone.    

The coffee service will remain closed for fall term. The consumption of food will not be allowed in the Library (it interferes with mask-wearing).  

Please see the Library website (library.eou.edu) for more information about all of the above services.  

SYMPTOMATIC OR COVID-19 POSITIVE STUDENTS 

Students who test positive and who have any of the primary COVID symptoms, or who have been instructed to self-quarantine by a government authority, or who have been informed that they need to be tested, or have been tested and are waiting for results need to do the following:

  • Contact the Office of Student Affairs (saffairs@eou.edu or 541-962-3635).  Student Affairs will help the student set up alternative options for continuing their classes and connect the student with resources to support them. 
  • Quarantine themselves for the recommended amount of time provided by the local health authority.  
  • If living in the Residence Halls, contact the Residence Life staff to determine the best location for quarantine (in current room or moved to another location) and to arrange for meal delivery and other services.  
  • If the student is found positive for COVID -19, the Student Affairs Office will work in partnership with the local health authority to  make appropriate contact with other students, staff and faculty who might have been exposed.
  • Adherence to behavioral guidelines during isolation/quarantine are required per the Student Code of Conduct.

Please note: We recommend students use EOU’s Student Health Center if they are symptomatic. The Health Center can provide COVID-19 testing and/or help the student gain access to testing.     

COMPLIANCE WITH COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS

Abiding by community expectations allows us to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Together it’s possible! 

To maintain the health and safety of EOU and the local community, it will be necessary for EOU to address any non-compliance of the EOU Mask Policy, physical distancing expectations, or any other state or local mandates or policies.

  • Minor violations will be addressed through an educational discussion (e.g., student meeting with Residence Life, Director of Student Relations or other staff). 
  • More serious violations or repeat violations will be addressed through EOU’s conduct system,  which could result in suspending a student from in-person learning/activities (i.e., allow them to continue with remote learning) or all enrollment (no remote learning). If the student is residential, it could result in their removal from housing.  

Prejudice and bias incidents

Unfortunately, COVID-19 outbreak has fueled increased xenophobia (prejudice against people from other countries). While COVID-19 originated in a city in China, race is not the carrier, and EOU does not condone acts of exclusion, harassment, hate speech and lack of sensitivity. Such actions impair our abilities to work together as a community at this crucial time. 

If you experience or witness racism and/or bias incidents please contact one of the following campus resources:

  • Title IX Coordinator and Director of Student Relations Colleen Dunne-Cascio: 541-962-3476 or  titleix@eou.edu
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator Chris McLaughlin (Human Resources): 541-962-3516 or cjmclaughlin@eou.edu
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator Kaki Morehead (Athletics): 541-962-3687 or kmclean@eou.edu
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator Doug Robinett (Residence Life): 541-962-3442 or drobinett@eou.edu
  • Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion Bennie Moses-Mesubed: 541-962-3094 or bmoses@eou.edu 

You may also file an incident report by clicking here.