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)

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 13 and ending Saturday, September 4. 

Although most on-campus and remote activities 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 Raider Registration events scheduled for June 25, July 16, July 30, and August 20.  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 paid holidays that fall during this summer schedule and they are as follows:

  • Independence Day – Monday, July 5: The campus is closed on Monday to observe the holiday.  Operational units are closed on Friday for the flex summer schedule. 
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 6: The campus is closed on Monday to observe the holiday.  Operational units are closed on Friday for the flex summer schedule. 

WorkShare Participants: During an SOU observed paid holiday, the campus is closed and there is no work available to employees.  As a result, the employee is credited the holiday hours (equivalent to their work shift) for that week and the employee works only the remaining work shift as defined by their observed furlough.  For example, for the week of Independence Day (July 5), a full-time employee is credited 8 hours for the holiday and must record another 16 (40% furlough) to 24 (20% furlough) work hours throughout the rest of the week. The Oregon Employment Department does not care how those hours are distributed (i.e. three 8-hour shifts on Tues-Thurs, four 4-hour shifts on Tues-Fri, or any other combination), so long as this employee records between 24 and 32 total hours for the workweek.  Furloughed unclassified administrators and classified employees must continue to report their hours worked weekly and adhere to the hour limitations of the WorkShare Program.   

Please forward inquiries regarding this summer schedule to 541-552-8553 or hrs@sou.edu.