COVID-19 FAQ

General COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Before you come to campus, do a symptom self-check, put on a face mask, and wash your hands.
  • If you begin to feel symptoms or discover you have contracted COVID-19, call University Health Services at 541-346-2770.
  • Face coverings are required on campus at all times, unless you are in a closed room alone. When alone in a closed room, please have your face covering nearby so you can put it on quickly, should someone enter. If you do not have a face covering, disposable masks will be available in Faculty Services (Allen 219) and at the IT Desk on the third floor. Supplies are limited, so please take only one, if you need it.
  • Masks will be offered to people in the building without a face covering.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from others at all times.
  • If you are exhibiting symptoms, building staff may ask you to go home.
  • To report noncompliance with state orders/campus rules, such as individuals refusing to wear masks, complete a COVID-19 Behavioral Concern Reporting Form.
  • For more information about COVID-19 guidelines on campus, consult the UO COVID-19 Health and Safety Operational Plan or visit the UO COVID-19 Resources page.

Allen Hall

  • Allen Hall will be locked, available by prox access only. All students registered for at least one "J" credit are automatically granted prox access to Allen Hall. Contact information to obtain access is posted on each door.
  • Hold up your student ID to one of the black prox card readers next to each entrance. You will clear a click and the red light will turn green. Enter the building and make sure the door closes fully behind you. 
  • Please do not prop any entrance door open; an alarm will sound.
  • Note that elevator capacity will be limited to two people.

SOJC is working to exceed campus cleaning standards.

  • Building staff will use an electrostatic sprayer to disinfect the building at least once per day.
  • Staff will disinfect restrooms multiple times throughout each day.
  • Offices, meeting rooms, labs, and public areas have been stocked with sanitizing wipes and disinfectant lotion. Please use these items and wipe down surfaces when you arrive and before you leave the room.
  • Seating in the computer labs on the third floor has been rearranged for physical distancing. Additional lab spaces have been added to accommodate the increased need for space.
  • Students can reserve individual computers in each lab via WebCheckout in 3-hour shifts. You may make up to 5 reservations at a time.
  • The labs will be cleaned at least once a day.
  • Each studio/production space (broadcast, podcast, VR, esports) will be available for reservation during two shifts per weekday: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 2–5 p.m. Please make reservations via WebCheckout.
  • Contact or have a faculty member contact Matt Schmidt (matts@uoregon.edu) to request a space on weekends or evenings.
  • Maximum capacity for each studio is marked on the door.
  • All people in the room must wear masks at all time and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing.
  • Each studio space will be cleaned between sessions.
  • Equipment will be issued directly to students of certain classes for the length of the term. Your instructor will provide details.
  • Other checkouts must be arranged by appointment. Contact or have a faculty member contact Matt Schmidt (matts@uoregon.edu) to make a request for production or VR equipment.
  • All equipment must be returned by November 25, 2020 (before Thanksgiving break).
  • You may schedule Allen 308, 313, 332, or 213 for meetings via WebCheckout, each with a maximum capacity of 4 persons. Allen 228 is reservable for one person only.
  • A large outdoor tent will be available outside of Allen Hall near the beginning of fall term for eating meals as well as socially distanced meetings and gatherings.
  • Eating food outside designated dining areas will likely be prohibited. More details to come.
  • The furniture in Allen Hall common spaces has been rearranged to accommodate physical distancing requirements. Moving furniture is not permitted.
  • Multiple buildings on campus will be designated as open studying spaces, including the EMU and Knight Library. The full list of open buildings will be posted on the UO Coronavirus website

 

Remote Learning:

On the class schedule, all online courses are listed as either "WEB" or "REMOTE."

  • "WEB" = asynchronous.
    • The course is not tied to a day or time. You can work on the class material on your own time during the week. We recommend you plan to spend 3-4 hours per week for every WEB-based class you have. On top of that, you will need to allot extra time during the week for that class's homework, assignments, projects, reading, etc. 
    • These courses do not appear on the matrix version of your class schedule. You can see these courses on the text or concise versions of your schedule. (DuckWeb => Student Class Schedule)
  • "REMOTE" = synchronous.
    • The course has a schedule day/time. You must be logged in for that class on Zoom (or whatever online platform the course is using) on those set days/times.
    • These courses do appear on all three versions of your schedule in DuckWeb (matrix, text and concise).

Canvas is set up to allow groups of students to work together—usually using the discussion board option. Some instructors may also be using the "breakout rooms" function in Zoom to facilitate smaller group discussions.

All professors will have contact through Canvas messaging and chat. Some may also set up virtual office hours using something like Zoom.

If it is a "J" course, send an email to Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs Pat Curtin (pcurtin@uoregon.edu) and/or to an advisor in the SOJC student services office.

Yes! See below for services available to you.

Writing Central, http://writingcentral.uoregon.edu 
Writing Central coaches are available starting Week 3 of spring term through virtual coaching sessions. Get help with everything from fleshing out story ideas to crafting stronger sentences and improving your grammar/AP style. Coaches also help with resumes and cover letters, personal statements and scholarship applications. To make an appointment for a virtual coaching session, visit writingcentral.uoregon.edu.

Tutoring and Academic Engagement Center, https://engage.uoregon.edu/remote-tutoring-support/

  • Students can schedule remote appointments with Learning Specialists to discuss strategies related to course progression, test preparation, remote learning, and more! Appointments should be scheduled through Navigate and can take place over the phone or via video.
  • Students can connect with TAEC Staff and our Information Desk Staff M-F 9am-5pm using our Teams Chat link, emailing engage@uoregon.edu, or by calling 541-346-3226 with any questions.
  • All variety of tutorial support begins Monday of week 2.  This support includes: drop-in math lab, drop-in writing lab, asynchronous online writing support, small group tutoring, individual tutoring, and Class Encore (SI).
    • Synchronous writing support will utilize Microsoft Teams
    • Asynchronous writing support will use the Online Writing Lab (O.W.L.)
    • Synchronous math support will utilize Zoom
  • Class Encore is offering remote support via Zoom for: ACTG 211, BI 212, BI 214, CH 222, CH 223, CIS 211, MA 241, and MA 243.  Registration opens Friday week 1 (4/3/20) at 6 am PST, students should register at: https://classencore.uoregon.edu
  • Math 101 will have dedicated support via Class Encore Learning Assistants.  Support will be coordinated directly with faculty and students enrolled in the course will receive direct communication about how to access the support.  An updated schedule will be posted to https://classencore.uoregon.edu/math-101 at the beginning of week 2.

 

Technology Resources:

A few things can help—make sure the bandwidth in your home isn’t being taken up with other uses while you’re trying to be “in class.” Cut out streaming of music, movies, etc. to improve bandwidth. Set up a work space in a quiet area of your home to improve your ability to hear and to follow.

If you are in Eugene, Allen Hall's labs are open on the third floor. You can reserve individual computers in each lab via WebCheckout in 3-hour shifts. You may make up to 5 reservations at a time.

Please abide by physical distancing guidelines, wash your hands often, refrain from touching your face and wear a non-surgical mask.

See the "Going Remote" site for some additional options for low-cost or free internet options.

Virtual Training with Adobe Media Applications- Michael Rea is available to provide virtual production training to students through his Twitch account. If you have questions about editing, Premiere, and After Effects, email Michael at mrea@uoregon.edu to arrange a time to meet. 

Software Training- We are here to help you use university-supported remote learning programs including Zoom, Panopto, Conferences, MS Teams, and Dropbox. If you have questions, please email any one of our staff:

On the Going Remote website, at the lower-right corner, find the “Get Help” section. There is a link that will connect you with the Technology Service Desk.

Advising Resources:

See https://sojcstudent.uoregon.edu/undergraduate/ for how to get connected with an advisor. We are available through "drop-in" meetings and pre-scheduled appointments.

Just have a quick question? Connect with us via email or during one of our drop-in meeting times (see the website above). Note that all the times posted are for the Pacific Time Zone. Drop-in meetings are usually 10-15 conversations.

Want to schedule a grad plan appointment or have more to talk about than a 10-15 conversation will cover? Use the Navigate app to schedule a 30-minute appointment. See the website above for instructions on how to do that.

Can't get the live chat function on Microsoft Teams or the appointment function on the Navigate app to work? Or not sure if what you need is a drop-in meeting or a half-hour appointment? Call us: (541) 346-2884. We'll figure it out together. If we miss your call, leave us a voice mail with your name, phone number and student ID number.

WINTER 2020
See https://registrar.uoregon.edu/2020-temporary-changes for the full policy change.

 
Until April 24, you may opt to change a course from graded to pass/no pass. Here are the rules:
  • This action is optional. No grading option will be changed without your request.
  • You may only do it for courses that were listed as “Graded for Majors, Optional for other students” on the class schedule.
    • There are only a handful of “J” courses listed like this.
  • You may not do it for courses that were listed as “Graded for All Students.”
    • Most “J” courses are like this.
  • You must have earned at least a C- to get a "pass." If you earned a D+, D or D-, the grade would be a “no pass.”
    • If you change your D+/D/D- grade to a “no pass,” the credits will be deducted.
  • If you do it for a “J” course and that course is required for your major, you will need to take the course again in the future.
  • These credits count toward the 12 optional pass/no pass credits you normally have.
  • See website above for a link to the form to request this.
SPRING, SUMMER and FALL 2020
See https://registrar.uoregon.edu/2020-temporary-changes for the full policy change.

You may opt to change a course from graded to pass/no pass. The deadlines vary by term:
  • Spring 2020: July 16, 2020
  • Summer 2020:
    • October 16, 2020, if you are a continuing student
    • September 21, 2020, if you have applied for a Summer 2020 degree
  • Fall 2020:
    • January 16, 2021, if you are a continuing student
    • December 21, 2020, if you have applied for a Fall 2020 degree
 
Here are the rules:
  • This is optional. No grading option will be changed without your request.
  • You may do this for all courses, regardless of how they are listed on the class schedule.
  • You may do this for major and minor courses, although you are highly encouraged to take these courses graded.
    • This recommendation is particularly strong for any major/minor course that is a prerequisite for other major/minor courses. 
    • If you do plan on pursuing this option for a “J” course, please consult your SOJC advisor first, so we can fully explain the repercussions of this decision. Doing this may require additional registration steps in the future.
  • You must earn at least a C- in the course to get a “pass.” Anything lower is a “no pass.”
  • These credits do not count toward the 12 optional pass/no pass credits you can take.
  • Note that all the deadlines are after that term has ended. A good strategy would be to see how your final grades turn out and then decide if this is a good option for you.

The University Counseling Center will offer videoconferencing health services for students in Oregon and California. Students can still access in-person drop-in and other mental health services in the University Health, Counseling, and Testing Center building. Students with questions about options for mental health support should call the Counseling Center at 541-346-3227. The same phone number also functions as an after-hours crisis and support line for all UO students regardless of location. Visit the University Counseling Center website for more information.

 

Best practices when working from home (with thanks to Prof. Amanda Cote):

  • Keep a schedule; try to wake up at the same time every day and go to bed at the same time. Set your coffee maker before you go to bed to help you get up, set up an accountability system with a friend, do whatever works for you to keep yourself on a schedule.
  • Write to-do lists! Put everything on there, including dishes, showering, checking in with a friend, calling your parents, etc. Not only will these help provide more structure, but checking things off the list as you do them can give you a nice sense of accomplishment.
  • Set up a work space; make sure it’s different from your relaxing space. Even if it’s just working on one end of the couch and relaxing on the other, having a set space for work can make it easier to stay on task and avoid distraction; it can also signal when you’re working to those around you, so they stay out of your way until you’re done.
  • Shower. Change your clothes. Get up and stretch in between tasks. These all seem basic, but it can be easy to let them lapse when you’re not going anywhere. They’re key parts of feeling like a human, so do them anyway! Maybe even write them on your to-do list.
  • Practice good study habits. I’m a huge fan of the pomodoro technique, but find an approach that works for you and stick with it. For instance, one of my friends really likes the Forest App. And again, enlisting friends as an accountability measure can be a huge help.
  • Socialize. Working at home can be lonely and isolating, so time with others is essential. Even if it’s a phone call or a video chat, or gaming with friends online, some form of human content is necessary. Schedule it in! [But don’t forget social distancing!]
  • Exercise. Again, part of feeling like a human is moving like a human. I like the app Down Dog, which recently announced that it would be completely free until April 1st, to help people keep exercising while at home. Going for a walk or run outside is also a great way to get exercise, vitamin D, and avoid people. Choose a form of movement you like and work it into your schedule.