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    UOPD issues all clear after suspicious package reported in PLC

    May 22nd, 2018

    The University of Oregon Police Department has issued the “all clear” for Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, after a faculty member reported a suspicious package had been received on May 22.

    UOPD first cleared the faculty member’s department, housed on a lower level of the building. In coordination with the Eugene Police Department’s bomb squad, other sections of the building were also evacuated as a precaution.

    A short time later, the suspicious package was deemed harmless and the “all clear” was given.

    “While ultimately not an actual threat, the faculty member did the right thing in contacting police,” said Mathew Carmichael, chief of police. “The package had suspicious markings and was sent without request from somewhere in the mid-west, adding to the faculty member’s concern. Community members reporting these types of incidents is imperative to keeping our campus safe. See something, say something.”

    PLC and the surrounding area were returned to normal operations by 5:15 p.m.

    Pertussis on Campus 05-03-2018

    May 3rd, 2018

    May 3, 2018 – 5:00 pm

    The University of Oregon Health Center has confirmed pertussis (whooping cough) on campus. There also are multiple confirmed cases of pertussis in the Eugene community.

    For more information on pertussis, visit the University Health Center.

    Eugene Campus Open Regular Schedule

    February 22nd, 2018

    February 22, 2018 – 5:00 am

    The Eugene campus will be open on regular schedule today. Those coming to campus before 9:00 am should allow additional time and use caution.

    It is understood that some employees may need more time, or will be unable, to travel safely to or from campus, depending on individual circumstances. Members of the campus community are expected to use their best judgment to assess personal risk, and work with their immediate supervisors around any adjustments to their work schedules.

    UO Portland Closing at 1:00 pm today

    February 20th, 2018

    February 20, 2018 – 12:09 pm

    The University of Oregon in Portland is closing at 1:00 pm today due to inclement weather. The UO in Portland follows closure and delay decision of Portland State University. For up to date information on campus status visit: https://twitter.com/Portland_State

    UO Alert Test

    January 19th, 2018


    UO Alert: Test. This is a test of the UO Alert system.

    Want to update your UO Alerts info, add a second mobile phone number, or find out how someone outside the UO can also receive UO Alerts text messages? Visit https://safety.uoregon.edu/uo-alerts-faq

    UO Portland opening at 10:00 am

    December 26th, 2017

    December 26, 2017 – 6:18 am

    The UO Portland is on a delayed start and will open at 10:00 am.

    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

    UO Alert removes third, text-to-voice only number

    August 8th, 2017

    The University of Oregon’s emergency notification system, “UO Alert,” has allowed students and employees to enter two additional mobile numbers into their accounts, to receive emergency messages about the UO campus.

    The limitations of the mass-messaging system force the third number to be TEXT-TO-VOICE ONLY, which means those numbers have received not a text, but a phone call with an automated recording of the text content in spoken form.

    Safety and Risk Services has received feedback that the text-to-voice system is not effective and creates confusion. Therefore, as of August 9, UO Alerts will no longer be sent to the third numbers entered into UO Alert accounts. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Another option for people who are not students or employees of the UO is to follow the UO Police Department on Twitter, @UOPolice, to receive simultaneous Tweets of UOAlert messages.

    To make changes to the UOAlert account, go to https://duckweb.uoregon.edu, log in with UO ID and personal access code, select “Personal Information” from the main menu, then select “Enter/Update Emergency Alert Phone Number.”

    Heat Information

    July 31st, 2017

    July 31, 2017 – 5:44 pm

    Below is messaging regarding upcoming heat this week for faculty and for staff.

    Messaging for Faculty

    Dear Colleagues,
    Over the next few days, Eugene will be experiencing very high temperatures.  If you are teaching courses in rooms without adequate cooling, please work with your departmental scheduler, who will coordinate with the Office of the Registrar, to find an alternative location for your class.  This is particularly important if you are teaching in the afternoons on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
    Best Regards,
    Michael Jefferis
    Assistant Registrar for Operations

    Messaging for Staff

    The current weather forecast indicates Eugene and Portland will experience severe temperatures over 100˚ most of this week. We recognize that these extreme temperatures may significantly impact some workspaces and employees across campus, which may affect normal operations. HR has reached out to supervisors to provide guidance during this period of inclement weather. Please be in communication with your supervisor if you have concerns about your workspace or assignments this week.
    The university is expected to remain open as usual for the remainder of the week. As with other inclement weather events, employees who are unable to report to work because of the extreme weather 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.
    If you have any specific questions about how the weather may impact your work unit, please speak with your supervisor, or contact Human Resources at 541-346-3159 or through our hrinfo@uoregon.edu email.
    Best regards,
    Nancy Resnick
    Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice President

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