We are excited to welcome everyone to fall term. Our wonderful staff have been working hard to create plans for safe and productive learning and to ready the building for those who come on site beginning Tuesday, September 29th. Towards that end, we have a lot of information to share with you. We ask that you review carefully, take seriously, and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Before You Come
Do a symptom self-check. If you have any COVID-19 related symptoms, do not come to campus.
Bring your face covering. Face coverings are required in all UO spaces except in designated eating and drinking rooms, or if employees are alone in their office.
Bring your UO ID. You will need it to access the White Stag and Naito buildings.
Programs in College of Design, School of Law, and School of Journalism and Communication are based in the White Stag building, 70 NW Couch. Programs in Lundquist College of Business are based in the Naito building, 38 Davis.
The White Stag building is open Monday-Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Naito building is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At the end of each day, our security staff will ensure all spaces are vacated. Please be sure to plan your work so that you leave the Naito building by 5:00 p.m. and White Stag building by 7:00 p.m.
White Stag building: Enter through 70 NW Couch Street by scanning your UO ID at the access control panel. Please do not hold the door for anyone. If you do not have your UO ID yet, please knock, security will open the door and assist by checking another form of identification. Once you enter the building, you will place your ID card under a camera at the front desk which will allow security personnel to sign you in from a safe distance.
If you are picking up a new UO ID, please bring another form of identification and guard can assist you in picking it up.
Naito building: Enter via the 38 Davis Street entrance and take elevators to second floor. Please follow the long hallway to the administrative offices where you will place your UO ID card under a camera which will allow security personnel to sign you in from a distance. If you do not have your UO ID yet, security can assist you by checking another form of identification.
If you forget your face covering, disposable masks are available at both security check-in points.
Health and Safety Measures
Face coverings (cloth masks or face shields) are required for all faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors across all UO locations when in UO owned, leased, or controlled buildings, EXCEPT when alone in a space (e.g., room with four walls) or in a designated eating/drinking room.
You should maintain at least six (6) feet of distance between yourself and others. Seating areas and furniture are spread out to maximize physical distance.
Everyone should follow healthy hand washing steps. Additionally, hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facility.
We will be doing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces in common areas, including lobby, kitchenettes, designated eating/drinking rooms, and restrooms. Disinfectant wipes will be available throughout the building, so please clean shared workspaces before and after use.
Parking details will be shared soon in a separate email.
White Stag’s bicycle storage room will be open. Since only the front entrance of the White Stag building is open, bicycles can be brought through the lobby back to the freight elevator to access. Once you swipe your UO ID, we ask that you please press the automatic door opener both to protect the doors and to provide ease for you.
We are located in an urban setting, which requires that you are vigilant as you navigate the streets. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to follow the advice of our safety officers (walk with others, be aware of your surroundings) and take advantage of our SafeWalk program. A security officer is available to walk you to your nearby transit stop or vehicle.
Eating & Drinking
Since face coverings are required throughout the building, eating and drinking is only permitted in designated spaces or alone in an employee’s private office. Designated spaces in White Stag are rooms 150 and 555 and in Naito in room 204. Disinfectant wipes will be available, and you are expected to sanitize your table and chair before and after use.
Where there are kitchenettes, users may enter one at a time to use refrigerators or microwaves only. There will not be any shared dishes or silverware. Cabinets will be locked, so remember to bring anything you need for eating and drinking. All food containers must be removed immediately by the owner (not left soaking in the sink). Disinfectant wipes will be available.
Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at the micromarket on White Stag’s second floor. The Duck Store in White Stag is currently closed.
UO Portland Library is ready to take reservations for study spaces and computer use, and will be open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you drop in for a same day visit, check in at the service desk and library staff can make a reservation in the system for you. Drop-in use of the book scanner and copier/printer will be available with cleaning in between. Drop in for questions to the service desk, pick-up of borrowed equipment and pick-up of books and print jobs (both self-service) will also be available.
Home delivery of books will continue to be an option at no cost, though students will be responsible to pay for return shipping or you can drop off materials at the book return in the lobby of White Stag.
Computer Lab Access
The White Stag building computer lab is now located on floor 3R in room 346 with a maximum capacity of fourteen (14) people. Disinfectant wipes will be provided to wipe stations down before and after use.
Requesting Tech Help
To request technical help, visit the UO service portal or call 541-346-4357. Select “Help for Students” or “Help for Faculty & Staff,” sign-in with your DuckID, and be as descriptive as possible in describing the issue.
Student Lounge and Study Spaces
The White Stag student lounge will be open with capacity limited to eight (8) people at one time. There are additional study spaces in the light court open area outside the library. Eating and drinking are not allowed in these spaces.
We are relying on each member of our community to follow the university's COVID-19 safety regulations to protect everyone’s health and safety, and to ensure we can continue to provide work and study spaces at UO Portland. We have developed these plans very thoughtfully and are aware adjustments may need to be made based on changing circumstances, new information, and feedback.
We encourage your feedback and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you come across someone you believe might not be properly following the safety regulations (e.g., face coverings, physical distancing, etc.), you can email email@example.com or use the behavioral concern reporting form to let us know.
Here’s to a productive and safe fall term!
Jane Gordon, Vice Provost for Portland