Working at Pacific | COVID-19

The health, safety and wellbeing of our employees is important to us — and to the students they work with every day.

Returning to Campus

Pacific University is taking several steps to create a safe working environment for employees, which includes following best practices from the Oregon Health Authority and U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and taking a gradual and phased approach to bringing employees back to campuses. 

Please refer to the HR Return to Campus Guidelines for Faculty & Staff to learn more. Note that this information may change. The university community will need to remain flexible, patient and empathetic as we move together through these challenges. 

When to Stay Home

Employees who are feeling ill and/or exhibiting flu-like symptoms should stay home — and can be sent home.

In particular, a fever may be a sign of coronavirus or the flu. Typically, people who have the flu need to stay home four to five days after the onset of symptoms. Do not return to work until you are fever-free — without fever-suppressing medications — for 24 hours. 

Employees who are ill and need to stay home should complete this illness survey, in addition to normal absence processes, to help us track any infections in our community as well as our workforce availability.

Employees with vulnerable health situations should contact HR.

It is the expectation that employees who are well come to work as scheduled. Additional guidance is available in the Employee Q&A.

How to Get Care

If you do experience flu-like symptoms, call or email your primary healthcare provider. Kaiser Permanente recommends calling the number on your membership card to speak with an advice nurse or scheduling a telephone or video appointment with your doctor. You also can email your Kaiser Permanente doctor for non-urgent concerns. Visit and click on "24/7 advice" to find your local contact information. 

If news about COVID-19 is causing an increase in anxiety, hopelessness or isolation, we have structures in place to help you attend to your mental health. Employees can seek resources through Human Resources and the Employee Assistance Program.

How to Answer Questions

Pacific University has established a leadership team to make policy and procedure decisions in response to the outbreak, as well as an implementation team to assemble necessary information and identify areas that need attention. If you have an operations question that needs to be addressed, please contact a dean, director or supervisor to share it with these teams.

Pacific University will communicate updates to processes and operations regarding the coronavirus via emails to employees and students, as well as through these dedicated webpages. We also will provide resources, such as informational fliers and posters, policies, etc., as needed through this site. Please do not distribute information about the virus from sources other than this site or official public health organizations, including the CDC and Oregon Health Authority