University Housing COVID-19 Updates
Southern Oregon University is offering housing for the summer session, and we are planning to offer in-person services for the 2021-22 academic year, while continuing to prioritize safety and wellness.
All University Housing plans will align with Oregon Health Authority and local health authority guidance. More detailed information for campus-wide plans can be found on the university reopening website.
For information on SOU COVID-19 Cases: https://sou.edu/campus/sou-covid-19-cases/
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Jackson County has experienced a sharp increase in COVID cases over the past few weeks, almost exclusively among those who are unvaccinated. Our hospitals are full, with care being limited as ICU beds and emergency rooms are overwhelmed.
SOU issued a requirement this spring that students and staff must receive the COVID vaccine (with limited exemptions) in order to participate in in-person classroom and other experiences in the fall. We are requiring students to complete the form attesting to their vaccination status as soon as possible to help us in fall planning.
We are concerned that without enough vaccinated students, we may need to limit some in-person classroom and other experiences. It’s Up To You to get vaccinated and ensure the safest learning environment for you, your fellow students and the SOU community.
If you have not yet received your vaccination, please do so immediately. Check Jackson County’s website (or your specific county’s public health website) for vaccine information and locations.
If you haven’t completed the Vaccine Attestation Form, please click on the link and do so as soon as possible. You will soon receive phone and text reminders.
Increased efforts of sanitizing have been taking place in all of the SOU residence halls since March 2020.
High-touchpoint areas in residence halls are sanitized regularly and include:
- crash-bars on exit doors
- door knobs and handles
- faucet handles
- laundry machine handles/buttons
- elevator buttons
- soap dispenser levers
- paper towel dispenser controls
- light switches
- handrails in stairwells
For Fall 2021, The Hawk Dining Commons will remain open and provide essential services. Food stations will no longer be self-serve, but will be staffed with a server who will plate the food for all residents. Seating areas have also been reconfigured to allow for proper social distancing and will be sanitized regularly.
Additionally, extra hand-sanitizer stations have been added to The Hawk, along with designated social-distancing locations.
University Housing staff will ensure that residence halls are secure and promote a healthy environment for students to focus on their academics. Student-staff will complete nightly rounds through all of the buildings and,along with the full-time Professional Staff, are still on-call 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
In observance of social distancing, we will be hosting small group in-person events/programs. Students should also expect small or digital engagement activities, and more personal interactions with their Resident Assistants. Students will also be texted from Housing staff as another way to meet their needs and stay in contact with them.
Residence Halls - Frequently Asked Questions
Will the residence halls be open for Fall 2021?
Yes, the residence halls will be open for Fall 2021. If there are changes, students will be notified via their SOU email. Students will need to have a negative COVID test in order to move in/ come back to the halls.
Student Apartments & Family Housing - Frequently Asked Questions
Is rent being reduced or frozen?
No, rent for SAFH will not be reduced or frozen. However, our staff are happy to assist in the creation of a flexible payment plan to help individual students navigate the financial impact of COVID-19.