Pacific University COVID-19 Response
Pacific University continues to monitor conditions around COVID-19 in our communities and region, as we shift from an emergency response to ongoing communicable disease management.
As we have throughout the pandemic, Pacific continues to follow the scientific expertise and guidance of public health organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority, in establishing protocols to manage COVID-19.
Vaccine Requirements | Masking | Testing & Care | Travel Guidance | Preparing for the Future
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements Lifted in Most Cases
Except in programs or settings where vaccination requirements apply, Pacific University students and employees will no longer be required to receive COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters to attend school or work.
We continue to strongly encourage members of our community to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations in accordance with CDC guidelines regarding those vaccines for which they are eligible. If you would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please contact your medical provider or your local pharmacy.
There are a few exceptions:
- International study abroad participants will continue to be required to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations according to their vaccine eligibility, except when they have an approved religious or medical exemption.
- COVID-19 and other vaccines may be required for anyone participating in clinical rotations or internships within healthcare settings, K-12 schools, or other community businesses or organizations. Please refer to your specific program or site requirements for more information.
All guests on Pacific campuses, as well as at university-sponsored events off campus, are encouraged to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, according to their vaccine eligibility, but will no longer be required to be vaccinated nor will they be required to provide a negative test.
Members of the Pacific community are expected to follow all local regulations regarding face masks. In accordance with public health guidance, masks remain required in healthcare facilities, including Pacific’s public clinics, the Student & Employee Health Center, Student Counseling Center, and Athletic Training Room. Masks may also be required in some class and lab settings where students practice healthcare services.
Pacific’s Eugene Campus is located on the grounds of Lane Community College. All students, employees and visitors to the Eugene Campus must follow the protocols of LCC.
The Oregon Health Authority and U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention also recommend masking and other precautions based on COVID-19 Community Levels. Look up COVID-19 Community Levels and current recommendations by state and county.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an airborne illness (COVID-19, flu, etc.) and are unable to stay home, we urge mask use to protect the community.
Pacific University respects the choices of individuals who choose to wear a face mask to protect themselves or their community.
Testing & Care
Pacific University will no longer be utilizing the Datos symptom monitoring system.
If you are experiencing symptoms you are encouraged to contact the Student & Employee Health Center or your primary care provider for guidance.
You also may choose to continue to monitor your health with symptom trackers like the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker.
Individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 are encouraged to wear a mask in public and test for COVID-19 five or more days following exposure, but are not required to quarantine. Individuals who test positive following an exposure, whether symptomatic or not, may consult CDC guidelines about isolation and other preventive measures or seek guidance from the Student & Employee Health Center or their primary care provider.
As roommates are considered a "household," exposure and/or a positive COVID-19 test do not automatically require students to move into isolation housing. Isolation rooms will remain available in limited circumstances as needed for communicable diseases in general. Learn more about residence hall protocols, what to do if you or your roommate tests positive, and how to request temporary rooms.
If you are feeling ill, please try to stay home. If you are experiencing symptoms of an airborne illness (COVID-19, flu, etc.) and are unable to stay home, strongly consider wearing a face mask.
Contact the Student & Employee Health Center or your primary care provider to determine what testing might be appropriate based on your circumstances. The Student & Employee Health Center offers evaluation of acute illnesses, including COVID-19, flu and other upper respiratory infections.
At-Home COVID-19 Tests
The at-home, over the counter diagnostic tests are available from Student and Employee Health Center, while supplies last. Please note that these tests are printed with an expiration date of 12/19/2022 but those dates have been extended to September 2023 by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
If you have tests that are showing recent expiration dates you can look-up the brand and determine if an extension has been granted by the FDA from their General Information page.
At-home, over the counter diagnostic tests are also available at pharmacies, drug stores and certain grocery retailers. Individuals who are able, are encouraged to purchase tests as needed. These tests are flexible spending account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) eligible.
COVID-19 may continue to impact international travel, based on guidelines nationally and internationally. The university assesses State Department Travel Advisories for all university-sponsored international programs. Travel is typically prohibited to locations under a Level 4 Travel Advisory and are assessed on a case-by-case basis for Level 3 Advisories. If a location is under a Level 4 Travel Advisory solely due to COVID-19, travel will be allowed, but students will be required to sign a waiver. Students and employees traveling abroad must fulfill all other requirements set by the destination location for entry and must agree to follow all public health precautions established in their destination.
Preparing for the Future
Pacific University continues to monitor and review conditions and protocols and will make adjustments as appropriate. The university is also using our experiences over the past two years to review and update our overarching emergency and continuity plans within the emergency management framework.