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)

As the end of Spring quarter nears, much discussion has been held around flexible summer schedules at a time when unclassified administrators and classified employees are observing furloughs, and Jackson County has begun its gradual reopening.

After considering several factors, including anticipated cost savings from reduced overhead/utilities and the ability to align furlough observations to better manage service expectations, President Schott has authorized the closing of operational units each Friday beginning the week of Sunday, June 14 and ending Saturday, September 19. 

Although most on-campus and remote activity will operate Monday – Thursday, certain essential-service functions may continue to remain open to support our students and academic mission.  Additionally and as is customary, several positions must continue to prepare for and serve Friday/Saturday Raider Registration events scheduled for June 26 (First Year), July 10 (Transfer), July 17 and 18 (First Year), and August 7 (First Year) and 8 (Transfer).  Employees are required to work together with their supervisor/director to fully understand weekly operational needs and adjust accordingly while maintaining their observed furlough schedule.

There are two SOU observed holidays that fall during this summer schedule and they are as follows:

  • Independence Day – Friday, July 3: Campus closed, observe paid holiday.  Unclassified administrators and classified staff will observe Thursday, July 2 as the summer closure day for that week (operational units closed Thursday, holiday closure Friday). 
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 7: Campus closed, observe paid holiday (holiday closure Monday, operational units closed Friday).

Furloughed unclassified administrators and classified employees must continue to report their hours worked weekly and adhere to the hour limitations of the Work Share Program.  Holiday hours are credited during the week observed and employees work their remaining hours as defined by their furlough.  Please forward inquiries regarding this summer schedule to 541-552-8553 or hrs@sou.edu.