SOU Pandemic Resumption of Activities Plan and Requirements - Effective June 15, 2020

As part of its gradual reopening and in an effort to comply with contact and tracing requirements, all SOU active employees, student employees, volunteers, and affiliates who are scheduled to work must complete the SOU Daily Self Health Check Questionnaire regardless of work location (approximately 15 seconds).  Those in need of a thermometer may inquire with Human Resources (Churchill Hall-Room 159, hrs@sou.edu; 541-552-8553).

Face coverings are required in shared or common spaces, at all campus activities, and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained until there is a reliable treatment or vaccine.  Although employees are encouraged to provide their own face coverings, the university has a limited supply available for those who are unable to make or buy their own.  Face coverings can be obtained, without charge, at the following locations:

  • Human Resources (Churchill Hall, Room 159)
  • Student Health and Wellness Center (560 Indiana Street)
  • Information Technology (Computing Services, Help Desk)
  • Facilities, Management and Planning (351 Walker Street)

On May 1, 2020, President Schott announced that the combination of declining enrollment, increasing personnel costs and consistent underfunding from the state has put the university in a position where expenses will outpace revenue for the foreseeable future.  The result is we must take action now and implement a shared sacrifice approach in response to our institution’s financial health and modified operations.

Effective May 1 through December 31, all regular full-time non-grant funded unclassified administrator and classified employees will experience an across-the-board reduction in pay of 20% or 40% in the form of a furlough.  Concurrent with this, the university has applied to participate in a program called Work Share Oregon, which allows employers to leverage unemployment insurance for eligible employees to subsidize a portion of lost wages when work time is reduced due to market downturns or other stressors.  

Should future Federal and State funding allocations offset our financial situation, this shared sacrifice will be reassessed and adjustments made accordingly.

General FAQ

Work Share Oregon FAQ

Payroll Time and Attendance FAQ

Work Share Application FAQ

Links to Available Resources