COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATED Are face coverings required in the residence halls?

As of July 30, face coverings are required indoors in all UO facilities regardless of vaccination status.  Face coverings can be removed when alone in a room or cubicle, or while eating or drinking. Face coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth. Mesh masks, lace masks, and other face coverings with openings, valves, holes, vents, or other visible gaps in the design or material are not in compliance with this policy. Learn more about the UO's current face covering regulations online


Is the UO requiring students and employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

UO required students and employees who learn, work or live on the UO campuses and property to be fully vaccinated or request an exemption prior to the start of the fall 2021 academic term. The UO will recognize exemption requests. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated UO students and employees, those who choose an exemption, and newly hired employees who have not completed the vaccination requirement process, are required to take part in weekly COVID-19 testing. Learn more information about the student process at coronavirus.uoregon.edu/covid-19-vaccination-requirement-student-process


If I am exempt from living on campus, am I still able to register for housing later in the school year?

If you canceled your housing contract for fall and decide you want to live on campus for winter or spring term, you can register again for housing during fall term. You will not be able to keep your same fall room assignment. 


What plans are in place if a housing resident gets COVID-19?

For more information, visit our Isolation and Quarantine: What to Expect blog post. 

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.

At the guidance of health authorities and the state, we set aside entire sections of our residence halls for isolation (for positive cases) or quarantine (for contacts) should that become necessary for those students living in the residence halls for the 2021–22 academic year. If a student needs to quarantine or self-isolate, representatives from University Housing, University Health Services, Lane County Public Health, and the UO Case Incident Management Team will work closely to determine how to manage each student’s situation on a case-by-case basis.

A housing resident who is identified through the UO Case Management Team as requiring isolation or quarantine will be assigned to a quarantine or isolation room, receive meals delivered outside their door (three meals, twice daily), and the student may only leave per health authority instruction. In addition to daily cleaning by custodial staff, there will be additional sanitizing of touch points using EPA-registered disinfectants.

A student in isolation (positive case) will not be able to leave their room and therefore, the risk is minimized for cross-interaction with residents once in their room. Exceptions include medical appointments.

If a student who is in isolation or quarantine housing (including students with suspect cases) needs to see a doctor or other medical provider, one will be provided and the student will be charged and/or their insurance billed, similar to if the student had an office visit at University Health Services. A student in quarantine housing (including students with suspect cases) may want or need to have COVID-19 testing through University Health Services. That testing will be billed to the student. All visit and testing charges may be billed to the student's health insurance at the student's request. The health insurance plan may pay for all or a portion of the charges. Remaining balances will be the student's responsibility and billed to their student account.

We will take every precaution to keep residents and staff safe. Custodial staff will use appropriate PPE when cleaning quarantine and isolation spaces. Residence life staff will provide appropriate community care and programming remotely.

Are residents notified if someone tests positive for COVID-19 on their floor or in their residence hall?

When a student in a residence hall tests positive for COVID-19, Lane County Public Health and University Health Services work as a team to investigation into to investigate and manage each case, which includes communication with individuals identified as close contacts. A close contact is someone who spent at least 15 minutes within six feet of the person positive for COVID-19.

The University Health Services Corona Corps Care Team will connect with close contacts for further instructions on quarantine requirements. University Health Services and Lane County Public Health also oversee necessary communications. In most instances, residents of an entire residence hall floor or community would not be notified due to privacy laws.


Testing residence hall students 

The University of Oregon is committed to following medical authority guidance to reduce the risks of transmission of COVID-19. We understand that during the COVID-19 pandemic, this includes taking several measures. Testing helps identify positive cases which, when paired with vaccination, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation,  frequent hand washing, physical distancing and wearing face coverings, can significantly slow the spread of COVID-19.  The UO has additional information on testing, contact tracing, and case management for the UO community.

How accurate are the tests?

The CDC’s guidance is that no test is ever perfect.  All tests sometimes have a false negative result (the test result should be positive because you DO have COVID-19, but comes back as undetected). Sometimes the results are not definitive (the result is unclear, and you don’t know if it is positive or negative). For this and other reasons, results should always be reviewed by a healthcare professional. In the case of student testing here at the University of Oregon, medical staff from University Health Services will be involved in the review and notification of positive and not definitive cases.  

What does the process of testing look like?

Residential students will take self-collected test (virtually painless and minimally invasive). University Health Services staff will coordinate with the students on the test results.  

Will residents be tested again during the term or year?

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated UO students and employees, those who choose an exemption, and newly hired employees who have not completed the vaccination requirement process, are required to take part in weekly COVID-19 testing. Learn more information about the student process at coronavirus.uoregon.edu/covid-19-vaccination-requirement-student-process

When an individual is fully vaccinated (14 days after the final dose of the vaccine), they are no longer required to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Individuals’ vaccination status will be verified through University Health Services.

What is the guest policy? 

Information on the current guest policy for students living in the residence halls is available online as part of the Residence Life Community Standards. 


What are the guidelines for someone who lives in Family Housing and University Apartments?

If you live in Family Housing and University Apartments (FHUA), here are some important things to note as it relates to COVID-19:

  • FHUA are considered individual family units and are therefore considered an isolated space.
  • University Housing is disinfecting common areas such as laundry rooms and playground structures with EPA-certified disinfectants. 
  • As of July 30, face coverings are required indoors in all UO facilities regardless of vaccination status.  Face coverings can be removed when alone in a room or cubicle, or while eating or drinking. Face coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth.
  • Please be sure to disinfect your own units, stay home if you are ill, and wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds.