UO, OSU go online, cancel events amid coronavirus scare

The UO is changing plans to respond to coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 11, 2020 4:46 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2020 6:21 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon and Oregon State University are making big changes, all with hopes of preventing coronavirus from spreading to students and staff.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

At UO, classes will continue as scheduled through Friday, but final exams the week of March 16 will be offered remotely, the university announced on Wednesday. 

Also, "non-essential" events and gatherings of more than 50 people will be canceled effective March 15.

Over spring break, residence halls will remain open and limited dining will be available.

Significantly, the first three weeks of spring term will be held online. Teachers may use email and conference calls as well. No later than April 10, the university said, they will decide what the plan is for the remainder of the term.

If you have questions, concerns or suggestions, you can submit an inquiry by clicking here. You can also call a coronavirus information line at 541-346-7007. 

You can read the university's full plan here.

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

At OSU, classes will also continue as scheduled this week. Starting March 14, they will move to a higher level of response with a focus on maintaining "social distancing."

On Saturday, campuses and facilities will remain open, but winter term finals and activities will be held remotely where possible. 

OSU employees are also being encouraged to work remotely, and students and staff are encouraged to avoid personal travel over spring break. 

At the start of spring term, courses, labs and exams will be held remotely if possible.

If operating remotely isn't possible, the maximum social distancing measures will be in place for in-person meetings.

Until April 30, there will be no non-essential OSU-sponsored events of more than 50 people.

OSU said they will evaluate their measures every two weeks.

For more information, click here.

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