Pacific University COVID-19 Response

Pacific University is committed to the wellbeing of our students and employees, as well as our community at large. Please remember we do require all students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to have an approved exemption. We also encourage all those with approved exemptions to become vaccinated as soon as they are able.

COVID Case Status

Pacific University is experiencing an increase in weekly COVID-19 case counts, consistent with trends in places where omicron is the dominant variant. In general, for those who are vaccinated and boosted, illnesses are less severe and isolation time is shorter than with previous variants. It remains critically important for all eligible community members to be fully vaccinated, including booster doses, and to stay home when experiencing any symptoms.

The following dashboard reports known campus positives each Monday, recognizing that at-home testing and new CDC guidelines for five-day isolation periods may complicate accurate counts. This number should be used only as a rough guide to the current spread of COVID-19 on campus.

Active cases are those in which a person has tested positive and is in isolation. This includes Pacific University students and employees, as well as Early Learning Community students, across all four Pacific campuses, as well as those working or living remotely.

Date Active Cases
Jan. 24, 2021 62

COVID Vaccination Rate

Pacific University is currently reporting a 97% vaccination among students and employees. Learn more about vaccine requirements, exemptions and availability.

Current Requirements

  • Masks are required in all Pacific University common indoor settings. Learn more about specific mask guidelines.
  • Vaccination and boosters are required for all Pacific University students and employees. Learn more about vaccination requirements, exemptions and availability.
  • Guests at campus events also are expected to follow all university COVID protocols. Guests must be fully vaccinated* or obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival on campus. *Fully vaccinated means you have received the maximum dose of vaccine and booster available, based on age.* Pacific may request proof of vaccination or negative test upon arrival. Exceptions may be made for patients of Pacific University health clinics, students and families in the Early Learning Community, or other small groups. (Learn more about spectator policies for athletics events.) 
  • Students and employees are expected to report illness and exposures. Undergraduates should complete the COVID Symptom and Exposure Report Form for any illnesses or exposures. Graduate/professional students and employees should use the Datos app daily. Learn more about symptom and exposure monitoring.

We will continue to assess the spread of the novel coronavirus and its variants, with the intention of continuing in-person teaching, learning, research and university events. 



Public Health update

In keeping with an order from Oregon's governor, Pacific University broadens mask requirement to include outdoor settings.

Public Health Update

Masks will be required indoors across Pacific’s campuses, except in private office or lab spaces, residence hall rooms, or while eating or drinking. Students and employees, submit your vaccine or exemption documentation immediately. Learn more about Pacific's COVID-19 protocols and precautions.

Public Health Update

The CDC now encourages everyone — vaccinated or unvaccinated — to wear a face mask indoors in public areas where there is substantial or high transmission. While Pacific University is not implementing new mask mandates at this time, we strongly encourage all members of our community to follow this CDC guidance.