A message from the Vice President for Student Life – 10/02/2020
Over the last few months, we have seen a number of protests in Eugene related to the upcoming election, Black Lives Matter, and other social movements. We fully expect that protests, marches, and sometimes counter-protests will continue throughout the fall term, in some cases they may take place on or near campus.
The University of Oregon fully supports the legally protected right to peaceful protest. In fact, peaceful protest has been a force for positive social change around the nation and on this campus in the past. Understandably, some of you may choose to participate in marches and protests based on your personal opinions or beliefs. You have the right to lawfully protest, march, and to share your feelings and opinions—and we certainly encourage you to vote in the upcoming election.
We want to share some safety precautions you should consider before participating in some of these events.
Remember we are in a viral pandemic. Do not participate if you have COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have recently been exposed to COVID-19. In addition:
- Wear a mask or facial covering that fully covers your nose and mouth.
- Bring hand sanitizer and use frequently.
- Avoid sharing drinks and food or touching objects that others have touched.
- Limit your immediate group size and maintain 6 feet of physical distance whenever possible during the activity. Currently, Lane County is in phase 2 of reopening, which means the maximum capacity for gatherings is 100 people outdoors.
- Consider avoiding activities that involve shouting or singing in close proximity to others and avoid those who are not wearing masks or face coverings.
- Bring your own water, food, or other personal items.
- Know what you are marching for and who you are associating with. Find out who is organizing the event and be sure that they represent your personal views or opinions. B
- Be aware of your personal safety and the safety of others. Most protests are peaceful and law-abiding, but some recent events in Eugene have ended in violence or criminal activity. Some tips to protect your safety include:
- If violence or disorder erupts, leave the area immediately and move to a safe place. If law enforcement is nearby, be sure to follow police directions.
- If police are not present and violence ensues, call 911.
Finally, if you need assistance contact the UO Dean of Students at 541-346-3216 or use our report a concern form if immediate assistance is not needed.
R. Kevin Marbury
Vice President for Student Life
UO Alert: Significant increase in COVID-19 cases among 18 to 27 year-olds in Lane County.
There has been a significant increase in COVID-19 cases among college-aged individuals in Lane County over the past week.
As you go into the weekend, remember you can reduce your risk of contracting and unknowingly spreading COVID-19 by limiting the number of people with whom you are in close contact.
Take the following precautions:
- Keep groups small—stick to your household or small social “bubble”.
- Wear masks or cloth face coverings at all times when with others, indoors and outside.
- Remember that exposure is defined as being within six feet of another for 15 minutes.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching common surfaces.
- Don’t share drinks, vapes, or utensils. Don’t eat or drink while close to others.
For more preventative measures and guidance on what to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, visit the UO Coronavirus website.
The [Stabbing at Villard St and Garden St] is all clear. The incident is under investigation by the Eugene Police Department, with no current threat to the general public. Updates if and when available will be posted at UO Alerts.
Location: Garden St. & Villard St. area
What/Suspect Description:Stabbing. Suspect last seen running west. White maile, white t-shirt, tan pants, shaved head.
UO Action Taken: Law enforcement is responding.
What-to-do: Avoid the area. If you can provide information about this incident call 541-346-2919. In emergencies or if you see a crime being committed, call 9-1-1.
Law enforcement activity is occurring near Garden St and Villard St intersection. Keep away from the area. Updates when and if available will be posted to the UO Alerts page.
Lane County has issued a number of evacuation orders for the Thurston and Walterville areas north and south of the McKenzie River. There are currently no orders for the cities of Eugene or Springfield.
If evacuation orders were to be issued for near-campus areas, the university would notify students with its UO Alert text notification system (alerts start with “UO Alert” and come from 89361). Additionally, Lane County has a reverse 911 system that should ping phones within the geographic or adjacent boundaries that are subject to any evacuation orders. You may be receiving these County evacuation messages already even if you live outside of the evacuation zones.
The air quality in the metro area is currently listed as “very unhealthy” due to wildfire smoke. Residents should stay indoors if possible. We will continue to the monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed.
If you have been impacted by wildfire evacuation orders, the University of Oregon provides the following resources for UO employees and students:
If you need additional assistance, please complete the employee wildfire evacuation resources 2020 form and someone from Human Resources will reach out to you.
The university is coordinating with Lane County and currently working on what resources we can provide to our students, faculty, and staff who may be impacted by evacuation orders.
If evacuation orders were to be issued near campus areas, the university would use our UO Alert text notification system. It would provide direction on where to go. Additionally, the county has a reverse 911 system that should ping phones within the geographic boundaries (or adjacent) that are subject to the evacuation orders.
Starting tomorrow (July 29), all UO faculty, staff, and graduate employees must use Duo two-step login to access protected UO services, including Canvas, Zoom, UOmail, and Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Word, and Teams. Action is required to enroll in Duo. For more information, see Two-step login deadline approaches for UO employees in Around the O. If you’ve already enrolled, you can disregard this message.
The UO’s planned power testing is now completed. Power to campus was restored at 8:19 a.m. There are no additional planned outages.
Please report issues, including IT, caused by the outage to the CPFM Work Control Center by
calling 541-346-2319, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by entering a service
request on the UO call log https://cgis.uoregon.edu/Calllog
Crews are in the field. Work Control is dispatching them to address reported issues.
Thank you for your patience.
Campus Planning and Facilities Management
INFORMATION: Campus Planning and Facilities Management will be conducting planned power outages on Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2. Anticipated outages are as follows:
- Short, staggered outages at affected buildings during scheduled times starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1, and lasting throughout the morning and early afternoon.
- A campus-wide shutdown at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2, will result in a brief loss of power to all buildings on campus.
For additional information on the project and updates, please review the June Power Outage webpage.