Students concerned over behavioral forms

The University of Oregon is encouraging students to report anyone not following the campus health and safety guidelines.

Posted: Oct 10, 2020 5:45 PM
Updated: Oct 10, 2020 9:36 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As of Friday morning, the University of Oregon had 80 new coronavirus cases this week and 288 since June 1st.

The UO has implemented many resources to slow the spread of Covid-19, including a behavioral concern form for students to report anyone who isn’t following health and safety guidelines around campus.

“If my friend group has 12 people in it, suddenly, it’s illegal to hang out with only my friend group,” senior Aaron Benhamou said.

The behavioral concern form can be found on the UO website.

Students fill out their information as well as the information of the person or group of concern. There is also a spot to upload pictures or videos supporting their claim.


Benhamou doesn’t think it promotes a healthy campus culture.

"It could be a picture from a year and a half ago,” Benhamou says. “It could not even be that person. There are so many variables that can change behind social media and things like that."

According to the UO’s 58-page plan to safely operate the university during the coronavirus pandemic, off-campus students will be sent an educational notice for a first-time offense.

Students will be forwarded to student conduct and community standards for multiple offense, egregious behavior or student group situations.

While some students are pleased the university is taking the necessary steps to hold others accountable, Benhamou says he hopes the UO is thorough when investigating certain claims.

"If it's a systematic behavioral problem of one person than I think that warrants a more severe punishment,” Benhamou says. “If it's a one-time thing, you're going out and you're not a serial infector, there's people in charge that make decisions but a harsher punishment will lead to a more serious understanding by the student body."

According to the UO website, students who fill out the behavioral concern form may be contacted to gather additional information.

Incomplete information may limit the UO’s ability investigate and respond to concerning behavior.

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