Update for winter: President Schill has announced plans for winter term.
The residence halls are open and we welcome our first-year, transfer, and returning students who plan to live with us.
University Housing is committed to providing a high-quality, safe, and supportive home for our students. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, these values are even more important than before.
At the guidance of the state and health authorities, we have been working hard on a comprehensive plan. As we look forward to welcoming new and returning students, we know you have questions about what living in the residence halls will look like this year. This page has resources and information that will help you prepare for move-in and life on campus.
In addition to our increased cleaning protocols and guided signage to remind students how to stay safe, we will also be relying on our students and staff. As incoming Ducks you have a lot of power to act responsibly—for your own health and for the health of everyone in the community.
We will keep this page updated as decisions are made. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call or text us at 541-346-4277.
Overview of Our Health and Safety Protocols
All residence hall students are required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and on a schedule and in a manner that the UO determined is appropriate to promote public health. For more information on testing residence hall students, visit our COVID-19 FAQs.
Students who are identified as needing a temporary room assignment in Barnhart Hall for isolation or quarantine will have detailed information provided to them first via phone by the UO Care Team, then followed up with information in their My Housing portal.
Isolation refers to individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and its purpose is to slow the spread of the disease by separating positive individuals from people who are not infected. Quarantine refers to individuals who may be exposed to a positive case, and its purpose is to slow the spread of the disease by separating and restricting the movement of individuals who were exposed to minimize the exposure of others and to monitor them if they become sick.
The UO Care Team will notify all students needing to isolate or quarantine by phone and walk them through their next steps, starting with transporation to Barnhart Hall–where all isolation and quarantine spaces are located.
Here are some of the details they are provided:
Once students are notified of their move to Barnhart Hall, UO can provide transportation to their new space. The UO Care Team will work with students to determine if transportation is necessary and coordinate the process.
Items supplied in room
(1) full linen pack made into each bed prior to resident arrival • full linen pack packaged and set on additional bed or closets in each room • (2) towels and (2) wash clothes • microwave • (1) mini fridge • (1) roll of blue painters tape (for trash removal process) • extra trash bags and instructions for managing trash and recycleables
Students are also provided the opportunity to request additional amenities (such as extra blankers or craft kits).
Students will request their meals via an online dining order form and dining services will deliver food twice per day. Lunch delivery is 12:00–2:00 p.m. and dinner deliver is 5:30–8:00 p.m. Breakfast for the following day will be delivered with dinner. Snacks are also available to order through the dining order form.
Students will not be able to return to their room to retrieve missing items. Students should consider bringing: UO ID • clothing for 10–14 days • academic materials • toiletries, medicine, and any other hygiene products • electronic devices • any other personal items
Students will receive information on expectations, including that no guests are permitted and that with the exception of stated outdoor times students are to remain in their room with their doors closed for the health and safety of themselves and others.
Emergency needs and non-medical questions
Students are provided contact information for the Residence Life professional staff member on call for if there are any urgent items that need to be delivered to the student (e.g., hygiene products).
Students can continue to receive packages to their service center and should be mailed to their regular mailing address (they can find this in the My Assignment tab of their My Housing portal). When a package is logged, the student will receive an email and then they can request the package be delivered to their Barnhart room on My Housing. Packages will be delivered to Barnhart within two business days after selecting the delivery request on My Housing.
Prevent the Spread: What You Can Do
Practice safe physical distancing: Stay six feet away from others
Wear a mask outside your room: Protect yourself and others
Beat the disease: Stay home if you are sick
Clean hands are critical: Wash with soap for 20 seconds
Residence Hall Prevention Efforts
The occupants of each room are considered a living unit.
Rooms will be doubles and singles.
Furniture will be configured to maximize separation between residents where feasible.
Daily cleaning and surface disinfecting of residence hall rooms is done by residents; cleaning supplies—including EPA-registered disinfectant—are provided.
Community bathrooms will be deep cleaned and sanitized by custodial service, with additional daily general cleaning and sanitizing of touch points. We strongly encourage students to enhance our cleaning efforts by wiping down surfaces you have touched in the bathrooms after use.
Ensuite bathrooms will be cleaned daily by residents. EPA-registered disinfectants will be provided in central locations. Housing and custodial staff will inspect and clean once per term.
Cleaning and sanitizing of touch points and surfaces seven days a week. All high-touch surfaces will be wiped down as often as possible.
Signs will promote the use of face coverings; physical distancing in all lounges, kitchens, lobbies, laundry rooms, and elevators; and to promote handwashing. We will provide laundry instructions.
Common areas like lounges and study spaces have been modified with appropriate furniture and maximum capacities for appropriate physical distancing.
Public bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized daily; touch points will be sanitized multiple times per day using EPA-registered disinfectants. We strongly encourage students to enhance our cleaning efforts by wiping down surfaces you have touched in the bathrooms after use. Paper towels from touchless dispensers and EPA-registered disinfectants are provided.
Dining facilities will remove self-serve food options and provide packaged or made-to-order food. Residents can pay using their UO ID and avoid direct contact in the checkout process.
All dining staff and guests are required to wear face coverings at all times in our dining venues (except while eating).
Guest areas will have physical distancing cues or signs to help maintain six-foot distancing. There will be reduced seating capacity. We will use a sign system to indicate when tables are clean and ready for use.
All dining venues are continuously cleaned and disinfected throughout the day by a dedicated team. We are following all recommended CDC and Lane Country Health Department protocols for food businesses and strict sanitation practices for all areas to keep things clean, sanitized, and safe. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout our dining venues.
How Ducks Live
Whether we are in the middle of a pandemic or not, we want you to have an outstanding UO and on-campus residential experience. Living on campus provides a great springboard to your success, friendships, and connections. Our incredible Residence Life team, including resident assistants (RAs) and community directors who live in the residence halls, will be there to support you in person and virtually. We have an amazing (and award-winning) residence hall government and the Residence Hall Association to provide leadership and programming for residents.
Here are some of the things you have to look forward to:
Faculty in Residence and Faculty Fellows will create a wide variety of social and intellectual programs for residential students for the fall. These have included political debate parties, yoga & meditation sessions, community service events, bike programs, dinners with prominent guests, photographing the stars, and many other events intended to develop out-of-classroom relationships with undergraduate students.
Signature Campus Events
A hybrid of in-person and virtual events connected to the University of Oregon student success domains (positive experience, well educated, socially responsible, and career ready) to engage our first-year students from Week of Welcome until finals week.
Academic Residential Communities/Residential Communities
A cohort of students living in proximity (a wing/floor) connected by an academic interest, social identity, or passion. These students take at least one course together (weekly seminar) and share co-curricular experiences led through a Resident Assistant, Program Coordinator, and Faculty Director.
Resident Assistant (RA) Engagement
The RA works through a residential curriculum with specific learning outcomes and facilitation guides to assist students through their first year (or beyond) at UO. These staff also support facilitating social connections and expectations for our students, and are there to help 24-7.
Hall council provides residents with the opportunity to plan peer-led programs and events to increase a sense of belonging and community. These will be smaller in nature due to physical distancing.
The residence hall environment is a place with vibrant messaging about our priorities around learning and community at UO.