Be aware of updated face covering policy on campus

On May 18, the Oregon Health Authority issued new guidance for use of masks in the workplace. Under the updated guidance, people who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask indoors in most public settings where vaccination status is checked.

The new OHA guidance requires employers enforce the previous mask and physical distancing guidance unless employees provide proof they are fully vaccinated. If employees wish to be approved to work without a face covering or physical distancing, they may voluntarily provide vaccination documentation to HR confidentially by:

  • Completing the Voluntary Employee Vaccination Record Form
  • Checking your email for a Google Form receipt with the subject line “Voluntary Employee COVID Vaccination Record Form”
  • Forwarding the Google Form receipt to your manager to confirm you have completed the process (the receipt does not include any private information or an image of the vaccination record).

This is completely voluntary, and we expect that many employees will continue to wear face coverings through the coming months for various reasons. However, if you are fully vaccinated and would like to work without a face covering, you now have this option. Please take the time to carefully review the FAQs so you are aware of what is and isn’t changing.

The university has worked hard to follow CDC and OHA guidance through the pandemic, but we recognize there will be a variety of personal perspectives on how our campus should transition back to pre-pandemic life. We ask that, as members of a Christ-centered community, we treat one another with kindness and grace particularly when our views differ from one another.

Be well and stay safe!

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