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, and provide support to help students persevere through the barriers they encounter to reach their academic goals.

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Community Expectations

1. Wear a face covering.  

The University requires all campus community members and guests, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear face coverings in enclosed public, common areas, as well as 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. 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.

3. Conduct a daily wellness self-check.

Unvaccinated/Partly-Vaccinated Status:

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 may include 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. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also has an online Symptom Checker

Vaccinated Status:

A daily self-check is not required unless one of the following situations develops: (1) you develop any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, (2) you are informed you have had a close contact with another individual who has tested positive, or (3) upon the University’s request for safety precautions. 

It’s OK to stay home, even if your symptoms are minor and you have been fully vaccinated. 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 at least 48 hours. Contact Student Affairs (saffairs@eou.edu) or the Student Health Center (541-962-3524) for questions.

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

All gatherings must comply with EOU’s mask and safety 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 comfortable and proper-fitting masks and hand sanitizer to your school supply list.  

COVID-19 Immunization Verification Form 

All students who will be taking in-person classes, living in the residence halls, attending on-campus events, or using on-campus resources must fill out and return the COVID-19 Immunization Verification Form.   The form was due September 10.  If you haven’t returned it yet, please do so as soon as possible. Not having a form on file could impact your ability to attend in-person classes, move into the Residence Halls and/or receive on-campus services. 

Prior to return to La Grande Campus (enhanced precautions)

Unvaccinated/Partly-Vaccinated Status:

The University requires that students take increased 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: 

  • Getting a PCR test no sooner than five (5) days prior to returning to campus. Test results must be received by Student Affairs (saffairs@eou.edu) before engaging with campus community.* 
  • 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 the virus to the EOU community once classes begin.

*Important Note: 

We encourage you to speak with your medical provider or identified testing location in advance of your test. It has been reported that some test results have been taking longer than five (5) days to return from the lab. Tests older than seven (7) days will not be accepted by EOU. Advanced communication with these testing providers will assist in receiving your test results within the university’s accepted time frame. 

If you have recently tested positive for COVID within the past 90 days, you may send your results to saffairs@eou.edu as an alternative to testing negative. 

While you are awaiting your test results, we encourage you to consider practicing general safety measures: wearing a mask while in public, practice social distancing, wash hands frequently, limit exposure with others outside your home, etc. 

Vaccinated Status:Students are encouraged to practice precautions, such as those described above, to continue to look after the well-being of the campus community. A negative, PCR COVID test is NOT required if you are fully vaccinated and documentation provided to our Student Health Center (shc@eou.edu).

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.

Academic Advising 

To find out the name of your academic advisor, enter your Mountie access username and password at my.eou.edu. Once you are logged in, select the Mountie Hub icon. Select “Student Services” then “View Student Information.” This also lists the location of your academic advisor’s office. 

You may also view details at eou.edu/advising. Select the appropriate button, either “Contact your On-Campus Advisor” or “Contact your Online Advisor.” 

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 27th, 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).  Testing is also recommended for those who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) but are identified as close contacts of a confirmed case, regardless of vaccination status.   If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID, it is recommended to have a test done 3-5 days after your exposure.  

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. 

The Student Health Center, in order to try to limit the number of students in the clinic at one time and maintain social distancing, requests that you call before walking in to be seen. 

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 many cases, insurance will not pay for COVID testing if it is done for purely screening for work or school, or travel 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 at this time due to the difficulty of providing in-person services while still meeting COVID mandates around safe practices.

Because the two therapists are licensed/registered to practice therapy 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 will offer in-person and remote access tutoring services during the upcoming academic year. The Learning Center, Writing Center, Math Lab, and computer lab have seating and cleaning stations available, 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 them know the test name, course name, professor, company name, etc. and they 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. 

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 Thursday, September 23. All participants will be required to wear a face covering that adheres to the university’s Face Mask Policy. 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 with heightened risk management protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Off-campus activities may require unvaccinated student participants to provide their own transportation.

The OAP rental shop will be open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12 to 6 p.m. The climbing wall will be open to EOU students, faculty/staff, and community members, Monday through Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 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.

Symptomatic or COVID-19 Positive Students

All students, regardless of vaccination status:

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, test positive, or have been tested and are waiting for the results, please take the following steps:

  • Begin the quarantine process. If you tested positive, follow the recommended amount of time provided by the local health authority. If you are awaiting your test results, quarantine until your results have returned AND you have discussed them with a health professional. 
  • 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.  
  • 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. 
  • 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.    

COVID-19 Exposures

Because of the varying vaccination statuses among our community, there are different processes that the CDC, public health departments, and EOU have developed to limit the spread of COVID-19:

Unvaccinated/Partly-Vaccinated and COVID-19 exposure:

In the event you are a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID, the following will take place:

  • If you are informed that someone you have spent time with tests positive, contact our Health Center or Student Affairs office for assistance and begin quarantining right away. 
  • If the university or public health agency learns of someone testing positive and you are listed as a contact of that individual, the university will reach out to inform you of the contact. 
  • The quarantine process entails:
    • Completing the daily wellness self-check
    • Quarantining for a full 14 days from your determined last date of exposure to a positive case (NOTE: residence hall students will have a quarantine space provided to them). During this process, stay home and do not attend any university-sponsored activities
    • Communicate with our Student Health Center to determine testing information
      • IMPORTANT: A negative test result still requires 14 days of quarantine

Vaccinated students and COVID-19 exposure:

In the event you are a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID, the following will take place:

  • If you are informed that someone you have spent time with tests positive, contact our Health Center or Student Affairs office for additional instruction. 
  • If the university or public health agency learns of someone testing positive and you are listed as a contact of that individual, the university will reach out to inform you of the contact. 
  • As a vaccinated individual, you are NOT required to quarantine after exposure (as long as you do not have symptoms or test positive). 
    • NOTE: Though no quarantine is required, please be vigilant of symptoms and continue to practice safety measures (i.e. wearing a mask, washing hands, etc.). 
  • You will need to get tested 3-5 days following exposure. Please coordinate a test with our Health Center staff. 
    • You will not be required to quarantine as long as a test result is negative. 
    • Our Health Center will work with you to determine testing dates. 

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 violationsor 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 brought about xenophobia (prejudice against people from other countries). 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
  • 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.

Together, we can protect our community and limit the spread of COVID-19!