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    UO Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report 2017 now available

    September 29th, 2017


    September 29, 2017

    Dear University of Oregon Community Member:

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The 2017 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://police.uoregon.edu/annual-report.

    The report includes crime statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Clery geography, to include on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University of Oregon; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. Fire statistics for the previous three calendar years are included.

    The report also provides information regarding campus security and safety, for example, prevention and response to sexual assault and other serious crimes, crime prevention and security awareness information, crime reporting procedures, substance abuse prevention and education, campus and community services and resources for employees and students who are victims of crime, fire safety and emergency and evacuation procedures, as well as other matters of importance to the campus community.

    Campus and community resources for crime survivors are available for students at safe.uoregon.edu and for employees at https://hr.uoregon.edu/hr-programs-services/campus-and-community-resources-employees. Prevention programs and efforts are listed at prevention.uoregon.edu.

    Other resources and information are available on the University of Oregon Police Department (UOPD) website at police.uoregon.edu.

    You may request a paper or alternative format copy of the 2017 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report from UOPD at 541-346-0670, or write to the department at 6220 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6220.

    2017-09-05 Updated Air Quality Information

    September 5th, 2017

    7:19 am

    Dear Colleagues,

    This morning’s air quality index is extremely high, and is labeled “hazardous” by the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency. Area wildfires and weather continue to create severe smoke, and under the current conditions, any employee with outdoor work assignments should have those duties modified to indoor activities until air quality improves significantly.

    As shared yesterday afternoon, here is important information for supervisors related to air quality at the University of Oregon:

    • Contact UO Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) to report an indoor air quality concern at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/b3d1835da52f401ea0d47e4fc9d441ee
    • If you have critical concerns about the indoor air quality in the work space you oversee, please contact EH&S at 541-346-3192 before taking any department-wide actions. Supervisors should be as flexible as possible with individual staff having issues related to air quality. Be prepared to respond to employees who have discomfort in the workplace, either in crafting acceptable alternative locations or assignments, or directing employees to use appropriate leave (see https://hr.uoregon.edu/hr-programs-services/benefits/time).
    • For UO employees whose work includes outdoors tasks, safety precautions should be used, including:
    1. Where possible, move outdoor workers to jobs inside (taking inventory, inspecting equipment, repairing tools, etc.)
    2. Adjust outdoor tasks to require less strenuous physical activity
    3. Those who must work outdoors should take frequent breaks to indoor spaces
    4. Drink lots of water
    5. Employees should continuously monitor their health, and at signs like light-headedness, shortness of breath, or nausea, go indoors and ask for help.

    Thanks for helping the university and all our colleagues during these difficult conditions.


    2017-09-04 Update on air quality at UO

    September 4th, 2017

    Dear Colleagues,

    Wildfires around the Willamette Valley and recent weather have combined to bring severe smoke to the area. Our thoughts go out to the communities, some very near Eugene and on evacuation notice, that face the greatest threats from these wildfires.

    Over the last week, the university has monitored local air quality to assess impact on operations.
    The UO will operate on normal schedule. However, the smoke may affect indoor air quality and HVAC systems.

    People with asthma or other serious medical concerns should work directly with supervisors to find appropriate remedies. Anyone experiencing health issues in the workplace related to air quality should also notify their supervisors. Supervisors will share mitigation steps and safety precautions with employees who typically work outdoors.

    Employees who are unable to report to work due to weather or personal circumstances should coordinate with their supervisors and may use accrued vacation, compensatory time, exchange time, personal leave, or leave without pay to cover the missed work time, if applicable. Use of accrued sick leave is appropriate only in the case of illness.

    Local smoke has been so extreme that some UO air handling systems interpret it as a building fire. These systems are performing as designed, and shut down building air circulation. UO employees have been monitoring and adjusting the systems to compensate, and resources have been concentrated to buildings with senstive equipment, laboratories, and animals.

    Anyone who hears a building alarm should evacuate immediately, even if the cause may be wildfire smoke.

    For more information on real time air quality, visit the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency website.

    For more information on reducing the health effects of wildfire smoke, please visit the Oregon OSHA website: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx

    Best regards,
    Nancy Resnick
    Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice President


    Human Resources, 677 E 12th Ave., Eugene, OR 97403
    P: 541-346-1000

    2017-09-02: Heat, air advisory for Southern Utah at Oregon football

    September 2nd, 2017

    In collaboration with regional environmental experts (Lane Regional Air Protection Agency) and the Pac-12 Conference, the University of Oregon has been constantly evaluating the potential for any air quality issues that may arise during our game Saturday against Southern Utah. Fan and student-athlete safety is our paramount concern, and while all data at this point indicates no health risks or dangers posed by air quality, we will continue to collectively evaluate smoke conditions and would enact any contingencies as circumstances dictate.

    With respect to the expected warm temperatures, our event operations team (UOPD, EPD, the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department, the American Red Cross, and CMS) has a plan in place regarding Saturday relative to the expected high temperatures. Per the normal policy at Autzen Stadium, fans are permitted to bring sealed, plastic bottles of water in the stadium, and we will have hydration stations available for fans to refill their plastic water bottles.

    Also, additional water misters are being placed on the concourses and along the North rim of the stadium, and there will be an increased number of EMT medical personnel in attendance. Two recovery tents will be in place on the South side of the stadium with coolers of ice towels for any fans requiring assistance.

    As public health officials have said, fans should remain hydrated and monitor the weather situation in order to make informed decisions regarding game attendance based on their individual health profiles. According to airnow.gov, sensitive groups in this situation can include people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air.

    We hope you enjoy your experience at Autzen Stadium, and we thank you for your support of the Oregon Ducks.

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