Guiding Principles

  • To support the University’s ongoing commitment to providing students, faculty and staff with a healthy and safe environment keeping issues of equity and inclusion in mind.
  • To comply with state and federal guidelines for reopening Oregon utilizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Marion County Public Health Services for information and directives.
  • To mitigate the potential for a surge of cases through safeguards including:
    • Reducing density within classrooms, research labs, offices, residence halls, and dining facilities.
    • The continuation of remote and flexible work opportunities.
    • Enhanced cleaning of all facilities.
    • Testing and contact tracing for students and employees through local health authorities.
  • To provide access to necessary healthcare, wellness support, and resources (physical and mental) for our campus community.
  • To provide health and safety standards of behavior for students, employees and guests.
  • To identify and provide educational information and supplies for students, staff, faculty and visitors.

Reopening Workgroups

  • Executive Steering Committee
  • Reopening Committees (ROC)
    • Public Health
    • Academics
    • Research
    • Student Services
    • Athletics
    • Human Resources
    • Communication

Each ROC workgroup is responsible for formulating plans specific to their facilities, settings, and areas of activity for a return to campus. At a minimum, these should include:

  • Physical distancing plans for each area of activity
  • Designation of any specific PPE or specialized hygiene gear and practices as appropriate
  • Matrices for specific minimum and maximum numbers of personnel (faculty, staff, graduate students, trainees, and others), required to be on campus to carry out necessary activities for each phase as defined in the calendar.

View the Reopening Workgroups Org Chart

Willamette University

COVID-19 Task Force


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