[STAND BY FOR LIVE CAPTIONS] .[STAND BY FOR LIVE CAPTIONS] .This is test of the realtime .captioning system. .[MUSIC].Winters: Hi, welcome to the .university of Oregon,'s virtual .town hall, my name is Jennifer .Winters, and I'll be your host, .for the next 60 minutes! .Today's town hall is focused on .providing information, and .answering questions, from our .faculty, staff, Officers of .administration, and graduate .employees, as we prepare, for .the start of fall term, we'll .discuss both the impacts of .COVID-19, and also, the .wildfires, today, we'll.Jennifer be joined by president.Schill, Provost Phillips and .other members of the faculty and.staff, we've received nearly 100.questions in advance of our town.hall, if you would like to ask a.question now, you can e-mail it .to [email protected], but .first we're joined by president .and professor of law, Michael .Schill with opening comments to .kick off our town hall .>> Thank you, Jennifer, and good.afternoon everyone, I want to .start off by offering my .sincerest thanks to each of you..Over the last six months, you've.helped the university of Oregon,.overcome obstacles and .challenges, that are unlike, any.that we've ever seen before, as .I wrote in me campus message .earlier this week, the .horrendous wildfires affecting .the entire West Coast, and most .especially, the one in lane .county. .Feel to many of us, like,.one trial, too many, our hearts .go out to all of our fellow .community members, who have .sustained personal or property .losses as a result of the fires,.now despite all of these .challenges, S, though,. .Persevered. .You have kept the university of .Oregon, up and running despite .the smoke and ash, and despite .the fact that most of you are .working from home, trying to .stay connected to your coworkers.and your colleagues in a virtual.environment. .Figuring out Zoom. .Balancing your work, and helping.your kids aDAPTD to online .learning. .Taking care of a loved one, or .perhaps facing your own health .issues, and you've done it all, .while wearing a mask and staying.physically-distant. .You have all.shown tremendous strength. .Resilience, ingenuity in the .face of unprecedented adversity,.but you've also demonstrated .your commitment to our students,.and to the university's core .mission. .Of teaching. .Research. .And Service. .For that, and for so much more, .I want more, I want to thank you.and the entire university of .Oregon community joins me in .thanking you. .Now, it appears, that these .extraordinary times, Are here to.stay for a while. .It means that we, from our most .senior faculty member, to our .newest student employee, must .add the term \"adaptable\" to our .core skill sets, in just a few .weeks we will start a fall term .in the university of Oregon that.will not resemble any fall term .that has come before. .At last count just under 20% of .our classes will be in person. .I would like to thank, the .faculty and GEs who are teaching.them, as well as the rest of our.faculty, who will be teaching .remotely. .Similarly, I would like to thank.members of our staff and .administration, Who work in jobs.that require, in-person .interaction, and who will don .masks and be part of our .on-campus community. .I plan to be on campus, most .days this quarter. .And I hope to thank you, myself..Our residence halls will be open.but at reduced capacity. .Our campus halls will be open to.students faculty and staff, and .many of our various campus .resources will be in full swing,.but with a mix of remote, and in.person operations We're going to.discuss details around many of .these issues, during this town .hall; but here's the thing: .It could all change in an .instant, and each one of us, has.to be prepared for that. .I know that's hard. .The path of COVID-19 is .unpredictable and we must .continue to be adaptable. .Now, given that I can't give you.certainty about the outcome of .the elections, I can't give you .certainty, about what COVID-19 .will do this fall. .I can't give you certainty, .about when the smoke will clear,.And I can't give you certainty, .about how all of the various .outside influences, will impact .our budget. .I can give you, concrete .priorities, that are going to .guide the way we operate the .university, During these .unsettling times. .The health and safety of our .entire community, Will be our .No. 1 priority. .This is why we shifted, to .predominantly online instruction.for the Fall. .This is also, why, I, and all .the other presidents in the .pac12, made the collective .decision to postpone football .and other sports this fall, .until we had sufficient testing .available to make us comfortable.that our student athletes would .be safe. .Now, sometimes, I hear people .say, that \"all universities care.about is their finances.\" .Let me tell you, that if this .were true, neither of these two .decisions would have gone the.way they did. .Instead, we are investing in .health and safety efforts, all .across campus, We're doing face .coverings for all employees, .we're installing hand-free .faucets, and hand dryers across .campus, we're moving forward .with enhanced cleaning .protocols, in all of our .buildings and much more. .We're also investing in the IT .infrastructure, and the .curricular resources necessary, .to offer high-quality online .classes, and we're supporting .our researchers, and in the .development, Of a best-in-class .COVID-19 testing program, and .we're proactively partnering, .with lane County, to support .contact-tracing. .We are confident, that both of .these initiatives will scale up .in the coming months, and weeks,.to support, the goal of moving, .to a predominantly in-person .instruction, In January 2021. .Now, a second top priority, is .our focus on the success of our .students, I know all of you .joined me in that commitment. .We are all here at the .university of Oregon, because of.our undergraduate and graduate .students. .Like many of you, they are .facing unprecedented challenges,.Due to COVID-19, and we all need.to be focused, on helping them .on their academic journey, And .ensuring that they stay on track.toward degree completion. .We also need to support their .emotional health,.and well-being. .Finally, we are going to be as.transparent as possible, And .communicate information as .quickly as possible, There .continues to be much that we do .not know, But we quite, .literally, have hundreds of .people, working, around the .clock, and on weekends to help .the university of Oregon take .the steps that we need to take, .In order to have a fall term. .That is successful. .We are posting new information .almost daily, On the UO's .coronavirus Web site. .There are messages -- I know, .sometimes, it feels like too .many messages! .Regularly coming across, from .human resources, Deans, chiefs .of staff, Your direct .supervisors, and me -- .I know it feels like a lot. .But please keep your eye on your.e-mails, Because we want .everyone to have the best .possible information, On a .constantly-changing situation, .Now, as I said to my campus .message on Monday, we have big .challenges ahead of us. .And the days to come will not be.easy. .We will stumble. .Cases of COVID-19 will rise, As .students return. .The fires, continue to smolder, .and they will continue sending .plumes of smoke our way, every .now and then. .Our forward progress toward .racial justice, will not be in a.straight line. .But I am also confident, that .even with setbacks, we are going.to pick ourselves up, And keep .going, I believe that we have .shown the ability to weather .hardship again and again. .Why do we do it? .We do it, because we are a .community. .We do it, because we are united .in our belief, in the mission of.the university. .Because what we do, Educating .the next generation And adding .to knowledge, Is a reaffirmation.of humanity. .And a reaffirmation of the .future. .So thank you, all, for tuning .in, And please ask your .questions Jennifer? .>> Jennifer Winters: Thanks so .much, president SCHILL we will .cover a lot of ground over the .next 60 minutes, and if we don't.get to your specific question, .we would like to remind you that.we have up to date information .and FAQs on our Web site, .coronavirus.UOregon.edu and .we'll update it after this .program. .We've also created a new Web .Page with information and .resources related to the .wildfire impacts, you'll find .that, at UOregon.edu/wildfire, .and you can continue to submit .your questions, through our Web .site. .Now to give you a brief over .view of some of the topics that .we will cover based on the .questions we've already .received. .>> We'll be talking about campus.operations, both in relation to .the wildfire air quality, and to.COVID-19. .Health prevention and testing, .Working and employee resources, .Budget and finance, And .instruction and research. .Joining us today, in addition to.president Schill are Patrick .Phillips, provost, and senior .vice president. .André Leduc, vice president and .resilience officer, cass Mosley,.mark Schmelz chief human .resources and associate vice .president, and Kevin, our vice .president for student life. .Let's get started with how we .prepare campus for fall it term,.Andrea leads the incident .management team that has been .helping oversee our health and .safety operational planning for .COVID-19, and now most recently .for the wildfires impacting our .state. .André, the president talks about.UO resilience and our ability to.adapt to certainly situations .and certainly they keep coming. .Let's address those wildfires .first, and then we'll talk about.COVID-19, so what is the impact .on the wildfires and smoke on .our operations? .>> Thanks Jennifer, and, yeah, .let me first say that, again, my.heart goes out to those in the .community that have lost their .homes, and have been displaceded.due to the historic fires. .André: As somebody who has .worked in, you know, in .emergency response for most of .my professional career, and work.specifically on fires, that is .truly a historical event. .While our campus, you know, has .not been in the evacuation .zones, or, you know, directly .threatened by the fires, The .situation is definitely .impacting, the entire community..We have had to alter some of our.campus operations, due to the .poor air quality; so, you know, .in that we're looking at how do .you balance some of the things .that we're doing to make sure .that we're mitigating against .COVID with kind of, You know, .bringing in fresh air?.And that's challenging, when .that air is, you know, .smoke-filled, but, again, we do .have filtration, and things like.that. .That we are monitoring, and .adapting, the schedules as .possible. .We've had to adjust the .residence hall move-in, and .we're informing the -- the .students, and family about that..In relation to kind of, the -- .you know, the impacts of the .fire and smoke, that they're .having. .We've also, you know, know that,.employees and students, have .been directly-impacted by the .fires, through evacuations and .other -- other elements, .including, you know, students .and faculty, staff, that are .volunteering. .And are volunteers in helping, .this is truly something that is .-- is devastating, but at the .same time heartening to see the .support, and people coming .together to address the issue. .So we're all feeling the impacts.of the smoke, you know, I'm .hopeful with the current .forecasts that we will actually .start to see clearing in the .valley. .By the weekend. .But these are challenging times,.that we are -- we are currently .in, but we will navigate and we .will get through it .>> Jennifer Winters: And .certainly impacting more than .just, employees, and students, .it's also impacting our entire .community and the university has.stepped in to help, can you tell.us a little bit about, what .we've been able to do? .>> André Leduc: Sure and I know.for some people kind of the .concept, you know, with COVID, .might be the first time you ever.heard about our incident .management team, and what we do..This is a perfect example of, .you know, the incident .management team and structure .that we have, is adaptable. .But also connects in with our .county, our city, and state, And.so, members of our incident .management team, immediately .reached out, when we had word of.what was happening up the .McKenzie, and offered help. .And that is just part of the way.that the systems work; we have, .actually, deployed some of our .personnel, to assist with the .county's Emergency Operations .Center; and assisting with .logistics, we are also providing.technical support, to, you know,.basically the areas that they .ask for. .Need. .And so we are fully integrated .with them. .As far as things that we've also.provided for our -- our own .faculty, students, and staff -- .offering up housing for those .who have been displaced in .evacuation zones, Showers, and .just, places where people can .kind of, you know, get .organized. .A little bit. .And we will continue to support .the community, as much as we .can. .As we prepare to welcome the .students back to campus, but as .you can imagine, our facilities .are -- are being taxed right now.in the sense of trying to .balance, both our day-to-day .operations, And move-in, and .COVID. .But also making sure that we are.there for our community to .support them, In their time of .need. .With -- with the current fire .situation .>> Jennifer Winters: All right..Thanks André, we'll be back to .talk to you just in a moment to .talk about COVID-19, we do want .to bring in Mark Scmelz chief .human resources officer, we .heard from many UO employees who.have been impacted by the fire, .how are we able to support .employees, where can they get .support. .>> Whether indirectly or .directly it's fair to say the .wildfires have affected us all, .and in particular, our thoughts .and support are with the UO .family and neighboring .communities, and particularly, .those, in our UO family who have.been evacuated, and/or have .incurred loss associated with .these wildfires. .Mark: So last week, we set up a.direct-support line, for those .employees, to be able to reach .out, and get in touch with us. .And let us know what their needs.were. .Whether housing, or some other .assistance, that they might .need. .That form is still live, and .active and, in fact, we .continued to field calls from .employees who are in need; And .so I encourage any of you, or if.you know anybody who needs .assistance, in our UO Family to .please access that line, and .submit your information so that .we can get in touch with you, .and assist you, as possible. .Mark Scmelz: I will also note .and you'll hear me say this .quite a few times, today, the .employee assistance program is .also available for benefits .eligible employees, it's a 24/7,.call-in number, where you have .access to PREEFLZ, who can .assist not only with mental .health needs, but also all -- .any number of personal needs you.might have, related to losses .incurred by fires, or other .dynamics you might be facing as .a result of this, so I encourage.employees, who are eligible to .-- definitely access the .employee assistance program. .Mark Scmelz: And finally I .would say the community was .certainly stressed and anxious .from COVID-19, And the impacts .of the pandemic, And I think .now, more -- more so than ever, .the wildfires have added to that.And I do think that, that calls .on all of us, to look out for .our -- each other, and also, to .look out for ourselves, And make.sure we're taking care of .ourselves. .And we're only as strong as our .community, and so, therefore, .you know, watching out for each .other, and watching out for .ourselves, is incumbent in that..So encourage everybody to .continue doing that. .>> Jennifer Winters: Again, the.university is continuing to .update information, about the .wildfires, on our Web site. .And how it impacts the UO, .that's both for the external .community, the students who will.be coming here soon and also for.the employees that Web site, is .UOregon.edu/wildfires. .Now, I want to bring back André .Leduc and we're going to switch .over and talk about COVID-19. .Some of our students will begin .move-in on the 21st. .And while some of our employees,.have been working on campus, .throughout the summer, they will.continue to resume work, and .also, we'll see more instructors.coming, André for those .returning to campus, what will .it look like and what policies .and procedures do we have in .place that we need students, and.employees to follow? .>> André Leduc: Thanks, .Jennifer, again, yeah, the .university, has been focused on,.several key mitigation efforts, .to keep campus safe, and .ultimately reduce the spread of .COVID. .In the community, and -- and .really, the -- that hasn't .changed, since, yeah, u the the .spring turn, if anything it's .amplified the steps that we need.to do. .And, again, those are kind of .core to first, and foremost .looking at physical distancing. .What this means, not only .reducing the density of our .classrooms that are operational,.but limiting the occupancy, and .our office space and other .spaces on campus, but, again, it.is the basics that we have been .saying over and over, of really .trying to keep that 6 feet or .greater distance from each .other. .We've also been working on .creating traffic flow patterns, .and kind of arranging the .furniture so that it's a littles.more intuitive, when you go into.the spaces on campus. .Of -- that it's set up to kind .of support that physical -- .physical distancing, and -- and,.you know, kind of where people .can congregate and, you know, .again, where those limitations .are. .We've also created, physical .barriers, where we can, and this.is in those high-touch kind of .areas, where transactions are .happening, so, again, you're .going to see more Plexiglas and .things you likely, you've seen .around the community. .So the campus will look a little.different. .But, again, that is really, to .promote that kind of .physical-distancing, And we are .also, you know -- can .continuing, again, with the .enhanced cleaning and custodial .services, in those areas, that .are kind of, high-touch, and .areas that we work around .campus, And as I mentioned .before, the air-handling, so we .are -- and, again, a number of .our buildings, you know, do have.HVAC systems that are filtered. .Even during the wildfires, we .are still circulating the air, .just changing out the filters as.we need to, and then, you know, .last, and probably the most .important personal message that .we all just need to, you know, .Adhere to while we have COVID in.the community is the face .coverings, health checks and .washing your hands. .>> Jennifer Winters: .Absolutely, André, we know that .those measures are -- are so .important, we'll talk a little .bit more about those as well. .The University has a mitigation .plan, that means that we're .monitoring the spread of .COVID-19, and if members of our .community get sick, we can .respond. .So what is our testing, and case.management strategy for .COVID-19? .André? .>> André Leduc: Yeah, so, you .know, from the testing .standpoint. .And as we have said in our .health and safety operational .plan, it's really been kind of .-- we've been working towards .kind of a three-prong approach. .And what we're doing is moving .in to kind of, some of those .second -- of testing, a few .things just for clarification. .I know questions have come up, .is it a requirement to test .employees before they come back .to work? .And we are not. .We are following kind of the OHA.guidelines, but, again, we'll .talk more about testing later, .that doesn't mean we won't have .testing available. .As we move into Fall. .While we are making, you know, .while we do want to make testing.available to more members in the.community, Right now, what we're.doing is focusing that capacity,.on our residence halls, Excited .that we're also making, end .roads, with our FSL -- our .fraternity, and sorority life .members, that are right .adjacent, to the campus .community, to offer up testing .for them. .And then a small number of .employees, who, you know, quite .frankly have never left campus, .And could not work remotely. .So we're really in that phase, .of kind of, ramping up the .testing capability. .And it's important to state .that, again, we are doing this .in tandem, meaning, lockstep .with Lane county public health .and so our testing strategy is .both for the community, but, .also, for kind of campus .property, but we are -- .properly, we are part of the .overall community; so it's .important that we do that in .partnership with a lot of Folx. .We are requiring testing for all.students in the residence hall .before they move in and then .we're going to be doing, Kind of.the -- a repeat that testing so .we can keep a handle on kind of .what's happening in the .residence halls. .And then we will also be .conducting, as I had mentioned .voluntary testing, for other .students, that are not in the .residence halls, to help with, .again, better understanding both.community prevalence, but also .spread; and, of course, students.who think that they have been .exposed to the virus, or are .experiencing symptoms can always.get tested at the university .health center and any of the .testing facilities in town. .Our team continues to work with .our public health partners to .expand the testing capacity in .the community, bringing more .testing on board; but in that --.and, again, it's critical to say.that testing is only one .component. .As I mentioned before, that the .wearing -- you know, the mask .utilization, the, you know, .keeping -- at least 6 feet of .distance from Folx, is just as .critical, if not, you know, .more, meaning all of these .things, have to be factored in. .So in addition to our testing .capacity, we have also been .working, on helping develop a .more robust contact-tracing, .that, you know, complements the .testing that as soon as we have .the testing, we, then, need to .do the contact tracing and we've.been expanding that and that's .been an exciting program in the .sense that that is, you know, .tapping into some of our student.energy, and, you know, running, .in partnership with Lane county .health and university health .service, again, once all of .those are expanded and we expect.this to pick up over fall -- .we'll be able to not only test .those who are living on campus, .but expand that out, Into the .community, While we are also .expanding the contact-tracing .and case management. .So that that can be -- .available, to the University .Community, including faculty and.staff. .>> Jennifer Winters: Thanks a .lot, André, now we're going to .talk a little bit more about how.our researchers are playing a .role in the COVID-19 testing. .I would like to bring in our .interim vice president for .research, and innovation, cass .Mosley, what is the status of .our monitoring and assessment .program? .>> Cass Mosley: Thank you, .Jennifer since March the U of O .has been developing testing .capacity first in combination .with McKenzie medical center, .where we stood up diagnostic .testing capacity for the .community, and since that time, .we've been developing a .certified lab to allow for test .processing here on campus most .recently, we have conducting a .series of pilot testing projects.where we have tested to make .sure that we are able to .smoothly, and efficiently, test .students as they move into the .dorms over the coming couple of .weeks and those pilots have been.really successful. .Really, from the beginning, the .goal of the testing project or .COVID map as we're calling it, .has really been to develop the .capacity to conduct tests .efficiently, and effectively, .and really use that as a piece .of the puzzle along with the .mitigation measures that André .just talked about. .And so we have built this .testing lab, in Pacific Hall. .We've installed advanced .robotics, And other pieces of .equipment, that are -- that are .ready to go, we -- we're now .implementing an FDA, approved, .test collection method, that .involves using, sort of a -- an .-- what's called an anterior .nasal swab, which is much more .pleasant than the medically-more.common deep nasal collection .facility, and just last week, we.received approval to do .saliva-based collection; and .while we're using -- we'll be .using the nasal swab, During the.student move-in, over the coming.weeks, we will make both of .those available to people who .are getting tested. .And then, at the same time, .we're working on the student .move-in testing, we're going to .continue in the lab, to do the .necessary work to see -- to .receive the FDA approval for .using our next-generation .sequencers, that we have -- that.are normally used for research, .but really, create an .opportunity, to do high -- very .high-efficiency, low cost .testing and over the course of .the fall, we should expect to .bring those online as well. .And I just want to say that... .this testing process Cass .Mosley: Developing this testing.has really been taken advantage .of the university of Oregon, as .a major research university, and.used the research capacities of .our research core facilities and.our tenure line faculty, but it .also has included dozens of .other staff, From lawyers, to .procurement people, to lab .technicians, all kinds of Folx .who really have joined in to .make this possible, and it's .been almost sort of a moonshot, .and been incredibly successful. .And we've really, been partnered.as well, with Lane county public.health, Oregon health authority .-- as well as medical providers,.such as peace health, McKenzie .Willamette medical center and .Pacific source, who have really .been critical players along with.actually frankly our .collaborators and other .universities across the West .Coast; so, this has been a truly.collaborative and heroic effort .and I'm really pleased to see .that we're live and effectively .doing testing on campus today .>> Jennifer Winters: It really .is amacing Cass it's just so .fantastic to see how people have.come together to fight this. .Now we're going to bring in our .provost, Patrick Phillips. .Patrick, Mike talked a little .bit about the decision to move .to mostly remote earlier. .We were that decision was not .made lightly, especially after .planning for months, for more .in-person instruction. .Can you talk about that .decision? .And how it was made, and its .impact on academics coming up .this term? .>> Provost Phillips: .(On mute). .Jennifer Winters: Patrick, .we're not able to hear you, can .you double check. .>> Provost Phillips: That was .my problem, as usual, the lesson.of the last six months, has been.you're on mute, so I actually .violated our own rules here so I.apologize, anyways I just want .to join my colleagues in .acknowledging this is a moment .in time that is quite trying. .And I've been thinking about how.do we get beyond platitudes and .I'm not sure that we can. .And I just want everyone, .Provost Phillips: To know that,.we all recognize what's .happening. .There are some groups of faculty.and staff, but especially staff .right at this moment, especially.in our housing groups, André .called me at 6:30, a.m. this .morning so the IMT groups our .testing groups, are really .working overtime, and the fires .are, obviously, exacerbating .that. .I think at the end of the day, .all we can do is just fall back .on why we're here, and our .mission, and we're not just .employed at the university of .Oregon, but we are -- are, .actually, fulfilling, I think, .what we all feel is a higher .good. .This is clearly a world that's .crying out for us. .And what we do. .And our students need us. .The people who consume our .research need us, So as you're .feeling worn down, and perhaps .ground down by the moment, just .please, always fall back, on the.fact that what you do is .important; your contributions .are important, And you are .valued within this very .difficult situation. .So with that, let's turn to the .fall -- I've communicated a lot .on this and so I don't want to .reiterate it; but we definitely .-- had a lot of things to .consider, I sent out an e-mail, .kind of going point by point, .detailing how we made our .decisions; but at the end of the.day, it came down to what our .capacity to teach was, but, .also, the broader context .especially, in terms of the .items that Cass and André have .already discussed -- .testing, contact-tracing -- .those kinds of things, the .public health response -- we .have done a remarkable job -- .and I think we'll talk about .this later, in getting the .facilities of the university of .Oregon, well-prepared to welcome.students, And to support .faculty, and others in their .research and teaching capacity; .so I actually, we're pretty .confident about all of those .elements of things. .Provost Phillips: We want to .see how things go, and give .ourselves a little bit of time, .to ease into the situation. .But, I'm hopeful that we will .find that, much like the change,.for instance, those who are .already on campus, using their .offices, Or in research labs, .it's actually going very well. .Provost Phillips: And so, I'm .hoping that the whole community .will be able, to see that. .At the end of the day, it was --.it's clear that, taking a -- a .slow planned approach was the .right way to go for the fall, .and we're still able to support .students, and many of their .experiential courses and I'm .very grateful for the faculty, .and graduate employees, who are .supporting those activities. .And, we're actually going to .very, soon, announce a pilot .program of small group of .faculty, who are going to be, .doing some in-person teaching, .using this high-flex modality; .so, So I'm very enthusiastic .about where we sit, from an .academic standpoint, But at the .end of the day, it's -- it all .comes down to delivering .high-quality education and so .we're really focused on .supporting faculty, and .continuing to build on the work .that we've already done. .And all those faculty have done,.both in the spring, and .throughout the summer. .Jennifer Winters: Thanks so .much, Patrick, and we'll come .back to you in a little bit to .talk about resources. .I know we've had a lot of .questions about that. .Resources for instructors. .Now, this next question, is for .Mark Scmelz. .Unlike spring students will be .in residence halls, and they'll .be using, dining, they'll be on .campus; Also, our faculty and .staff, several of them will be .accessing their offices, and .other facilities, some people .will be remote. .Some will be on campus. .So what should employees keep in.mind for this term? .>> Mr. Scmelz: So Jennifer, I .want to build off of what .Patrick said and as I listen to .my colleagues.today. .The image of a journey comes to .mind. .We've been on a journey .together, in response to COVID .together as a community that saw.many of us remove ourselves, and.go remote for the safety. .Of ourselves, and for the safety.of those who have remained on .campus. .So I think it's really important.to keep in mind there has been, .a -- a core group of employees .who have kept the campus going. .We've never actually completely .shut down the campus. .It's been operational, in .varying states and now this .journey into Fall, over the .summer, we saw, some of our .colleagues return to campus. .And so, the research portfolio, .Patrick referenced, You know, we.have seen some of our research .faculty, Coming back to campus, .and starting to engage in their .laboratory work again, that .journey will continue, this .fall, with some of our .employees, increasing numbers, .faculty, and staff, returning, .in greater numbers, To help .support our students, who will .be arriving, in Eugene, and .also, into our residence halls .in the coming weeks, And so, .while University remains, open, .for the UO Community, Certainly,.the increase in activity, means .that even more people will be .returning, but it doesn't mean .everybody's returning all at the.same time; and so it will very .much be based on what an .employee's role is, and how .they're supporting those .activities that will be going on.this fall. .>> So, mark, we have received a .question here about who is .working on campus and who is .working remotely? .Jennifer Winters: How is the .university and supervisors .making those decisions? .>> Mark Scmelz: Yeah, so it's .very much being -- being .dictated by No. 1, what is safe .to be done, and No. 2, as -- .again, as we look forward to the.start of the term, what .activities, and what functions .are going to need to be taking .place, to support faculty who .will be on campus, the research,.that will be going on. .While -- while we're .predominantly online for this .term, there will certainly be .some instruction talking place, .so what do we need to support .that? .And what do we need to support .our students? .Again, who will be living in the.Eugene community, but also .living in our residence halls .and so by looking at what's .necessary from an operational .standpoint, what is safe -- .units are taking a look at what .that means, in terms of who .needs to work on campus. .Who does it make sense to .continue working remotely? .And then what functions might .have a hybrid, so some days .you're in the office on campus, .other days you're working .remotely. .And I would say the other really.important thing to keep in mind,.is that, over the past several .months, we've received .information from employees. .And units have received .information from employees about.any number of items that they're.contending with, whether health .issues that might -- they might .be contending with, or .care-giving needs, and that's .all part of this equation as .well, to determine was the right.mix of in-person, remote and .hybrid and so there's not one .size fits all equation, it's .very much administrative cake .units are really analyzing this .to say how do we meet the needs .of the whole community and .balance all this in a safe way? .So it will be a mix, no matter .what employee group you're in, .you'll see some of your .colleagues working in person, .and some remote, and some in .person, some remote. .Some days, it will be one dig .mix to do this in a safe and .great way. .As we continue to deliver .services..>> Jennifer Winters: All right..Thank you, so much, Mark, we're .now joined by our vice president.for student life, Kevin Marbury,.several of if the questions .we've received from employees .focus on students, we've seen .universities elsewhere, where .there have been outbreaks .triggered by gatherings and .worried about the impact of the .health of both the students, our.community and employees, how is .the division of student live .working to educate students, .about their behaviors and its .impact? .>>. .Thank you, Jennifer, that is an .important question. .And our student life team has .been working very closely with .the incident management team, .with the university .communications, our colleagues .and student services and .enrollment management as well as.many other on campus to ensure .our students are getting the .messages now, about the .expectations, for when they .return to campus. .Conserve Marbury: We have also .prepared welcome kits that will .give students several of the .supplies they'll need to .practice those expectations and .as we continue to get closer to .move-in, we'll ramp up our .messaging and reminders, and we .expect to continue our messaging.efforts throughout the entire .term..Jennifer Winters: So, .obviously, messaging is .important, but what should .someone do, if they see a .student is not wearing a mask? .And will there be consequences .for breaking the state orders, .and the university rules? .>> Kevin Marbury: I think if an.employee sees anyone, wearing a .mask, they should ask them if .they have the mask and put it .on, asking them. .I think this is something we've .gotten used to over the last few.months, but as far as .consequences we have to remember.this is a state law, and .everyone in our community is .expected to follow it and like .any law, there are consequences .and our office and the dean of .students, will handle each .situation, with care and due .process, if the student is still.not willing to comply, you do .have a few options. .You can report them to the dean .of students office by using the .report a concern button located .on their Web site, in the event .that a situation, were to .escalate, you could contact the .police nonemergency number, and .report that situation. .>> Jennifer Winters: Kevin, we .really want, though, to go with .that carrot approach, we want .students to understand why it's .important, their responsibility .isn't that true. .>> Absolutely, we're part of an .educational situation right at .the university so they want to .be here and we want them to be .here as well. .Not just we can, so we're going .to put out as much information .as we possibly can on the front .end and encourage them as we all.navigate this very challenging .time, so that we can have the .best possible educational .experience for each of our .students. .>> Jennifer Winters: .Absolutely. .Thanks Kevin. .We would like to turn now back .to Mark, we know it really takes.all of us, not just students, .and we know that employees are .very concerned about their .health, I mean, that's -- one of.the No. 1 questions that we've .received. .And we've addressed many of .those issues, but how is the .university addressing the .individual need for folks who, .you know, may have health issues.or family members with health .issues, and what are the .expectations for employees, .about their own behavior? .>> Mark: Yes,. .So what we're doing, we're .encouraging employees, to engage.in their -- with their managers,.and discussions if there's .individual workplace needs that .they might have. .If there's care-giving needs, if.there's individual health .concerns, to figure out the best.workplace arrangement, that both.meets their individual needs, as.well as the operational needs. .And, you know, certainly, there .are also accommodation .processes, that we can work .with, employees through as well,.if that's needed. .From a health regulation .standpoint. .So it's important that employees.keep in mind. .We have two safety regulations .in place, face coverings and .daily symptom self-checks..It's really important that .employees know those regulations.And are prepared to comply with .those regulations. .And really, Our individual .behavior, and individual .responsibility, to make sure .that we're -- before we're .coming back to campus, that .we're reviewing guidelines, that.are available, the coronavirus .resource page, for employees, .And, also making sure that .they're reviewing the .comprehensive workplace .return-to-work checklist, that .outlines what the regulations .are; what else they can do, to .take steps -- take actions to --.you know, support their own .care. .At the same time, while an it's .an individual employee's .responsibility to look out and .comply with the regulations .themselves, we do understand .there could be times they see .sometimes and somebody else's .behavior that concerns them. .Whether it's forgetting to wear .a mask, or something else. .And it's not -- an individual .employee's obligation to enforce.that, or go over to one of their.colleagues and try to enforce .that. .They should bring those concerns.to supervisors and managers, and.there's also a form available .online, that if you prefer to .report that, anonymously, you .can also do so, and raise any .safety concerns you're -- you're.seeing And then, finally, what I.would just also point out, while.we have those two regulations, .not any single action, on its .own, creates the safety .atmosphere, as my colleague .André will tell me often -- it's.a combination of all the actions.we're taking to mitigate, The .spread of the virus, and to .also, make sure it's a safe .environment; So face masks, .daily self-health checks, very .important, but also, let's keep .in mind, keeping our distance, .as well as hand-washing, and .it's a combination of doing all .of those things that, again, .creates that safe environment. .So get to know the regulations, .And make sure you're doing your .part, to -- to be responsible .and following those. .>> Jennifer Winters: All right,.thanks so much, mark, and the .university is providing masks. .André you talked about it .before, this is my .university-provided mask, which .I love, it's really cozy and .comfy, but let's bring back in .André, can you remind us if .employees if they haven't .already received their masks -- .can get them .the> André: We are setting .opdistribution, which will be .the week of September 21st, .through the 25th from 10:00 .a.m., to 5:00 p.m. at the rec .center reception desk is where .employees can go to pick up .their masks. .>> Jennifer Winters: And .that's, they need their I.D. and.we'll just remind the students .they'll be receiving their masks.and a welcome kit, even though .this isn't for students, and .parents, we know there's a .possibility you guys are .watching too. .So do get your masks, you'll get.them in your kit. .Okay, thank you very much, .André. .I would like now to bring back .president Michael schill to .address budget, we've received a.number of questions about our .budget and how it might impact .faculty and staff, can you .please tell us about what the .current budget scenarios look .like. .>> President Scmell, this is .going to take a moment so bear .with me, as all of you know, we .are dependent on two sources of .revenue for most of our ENG .budget, that is tuition and .state funding. .Now, while we expect revenue, .from both of those sources to be.down, we don't yet know by how .much, and it may be 6 to 12 .months before we know the full .scope of our budget challenges. .Tuition, let's start with that, .is dependent on enrollment. .We've done everything we can do .to recruit, and retain students .this fall. .Roger Thompson's team has really.been amazing and they continue .to work every day to build our .enrollment. .Now, we'll have a very .preliminary sense of where we .are, when classes start, on .September 29th. .And despite our best efforts, .enrollment, of first-year .students, is projected to be .down. .We don't know the final numbers .yet. .We'll have to wait until later .in October. .But what we can see, happening, .at peer institutions, Is likely .to happen here. .For example: .The freshman class at university.of Colorado, Boulder, dropped .about 12%, That's 12%. .This past year. .My guess is, that we will see a .dip in our freshman class of .about the same scale, now, .thankfully, the enrollment of .continuing students, appears to .be holding pretty steady. .We also expect state funding for.next year, to be cut. .But, at this point, it's hard to.predict by how much. .The good news is that the state .protected higher education, and .all education funding this year,.When they had to balance the .budget and make cuts this .summer. .We're very grateful that they .protected us from cuts. .This isn't what's happened in .the past, And we hope that it .will continue to do this, .through the rest of the fiscal .year. .Now, we know that state revenue,.has dropped. .It's dropped due to COVID, we .also know that state expenses .are significantly higher, for .healthcare, firefighting all of .that sort of thing, how that's .going toimpact funding for the .higher education, remains to be .seen, but will likely, won't get.a clear picture of state .funding, until June .of 2021. .So we have been forcefully, .making the case, to lawmakers, .that higher education Should not.take a disproportionate share of.the budget cuts. .That's what happened in 2009, .'10, and '11, we can't let that .happen again, and we're going to.continue to take the forceful .position, during the upcoming .legislative session in the .spring, and we invite all of you.to help us in that effort. .We're also running a wide .variety of scenarios, and are .crunching a lot of numbers, .we've already taken a number of .steps, to reduce expenditures. .For example, we have a hiring .freeze, we've had pay action .freezes, travel freezes .work-share programs, And a .leave-without-pay extended .benefits program. .So that's what we've done so .far, We've also negotiated the .temporary progressive pay .reduction plan, with our faculty.union, and we're having similar .conversations, with our other .employee groups. .Now, if enrollment lands where .we -- it is projected to land, .for the fall, We will likely not.implement the progressive pay .reduction plan, this fall. .But instead, we're going to .probably wait to implement it, .until next summer, when we know .more about what our decline in .state support might be. .Now, it's important to remember .that even if we were to .implement this pay reduction .program, .It is only a stopgap. .It is a one-year temporary .program So we need to look .forward to long-range solutions .to the budget. .. .We are working with the .jointly-appointed UO Senate .Administrative task Force, over .the next nine months, and we're .going to analyze ways to achieve.substantial, long-range cost .reductions, should that be .necessary. .However, we will likely take .some steps, in the coming .months, responsibly reduce .expenses and to operate more .efficiently, that will help us .get ahead of what could be a .fairly large budget cut next .year, these may end up being .preliminary steps to get ahead .of the bigger problem. .Now, I need to be honest with .all of you, and I'm not going to.sugar-coat it -- the reality is,.like many state universities, .probably almost every state .university, That we're going to .have to take some very tough .steps in the next year, to .adjust to budget challenges, As .I noted earlier, we're going to .do everything we can to be .transparent, and collaborative. .About the problems and the steps.we're taking, to address these .problems. .Jennifer Winters: Thank you, .Mike, now we would like to dive .in a little deeper in academics .and research and take some .additional questions there, so I.would like to bring back Provost.Phillips. .Patrick, how is the UO working .with faculty, and GEs, to adopt .the delivery of classes? .We learned a lot, during spring,.so, what do we expect fall to .be, like, and what resources are.available? .>> Provost Phillips: .Yeah, well, I think we've done a.really good job, driven, again, .by the faculty, themselves. .To figure out there's new .modalities, and, again, the vast.majority of our courses will be .taught this way. .So we have -- going back to just.individual mentorship within .each department, has been a .great exemplar of that. .But we have also stood up a .large number of resources, And I.could go through a whole litany .of them, but the most important .are -- is always to remind .ourselves that the academic .decisions that we make are in .concert with the broader .community, especially with the .Faculty. .Through primarily, through the .academic council. .And that -- includes .representation from a wide .variety of groups; so we are .holding a series of workshops, .And we've sent out that .information, and we've decided .to do it in a school-by-school .basis, because, obviously, .everyone's educational needs and.approaches vary by subject .matter. .And so we've created those .workshops, and we're looking .forward to inviting all faculty,.and graduate employees to .participate in those. .Provost Phillips: We have -- I .think, everybody at this point .is well aware of the Web sites .that we've stood up, with best .practices, We continue to work .on those, I think at the last .town halls, I've had a chance to.talk about the investments that .we have made, especially in .large classes, in -- moving them.from remote to online, that is .to really invest in curricular .development, and course design .for those courses, and so, I'm .really excited to see how those .implement and, again, grateful .to the Faculty who worked .throughout the summer, as well .as the staff, to support them to.bring those courses online. .Our resource sharing blog, has .43,000 views. .And I think, actually, we have a.bit of a national reputation, .For the resources that we've .brought. .So these are not just 43,000U of.O faculty that have looked at .it. .We have a lot of other things, .like, remote course-builder, A .campus resource site, how to .better integrate your Zoom .Canvas, student success toolkit!.All of these different .resources, they're all .available, on the provost's Web .site, And we also stand by ready.to hear, what is needed. .How can we better support .faculty? .And -- I want to reiterate, .something, though, that the .academic council has made very .clear is that as this becomes .the new normal. .It has to be the new great. .That is we really have to .continue to invest in providing,.an excellent educational .experience for our students. .And to really make it engaging, .and accountable to student .needs. .And I've been very proud of the .faculty who have really stepped .forward, to make that happen. .As they balance all the other .challenges in their lives, and .we definitely recognize that .>> Jennifer Winters: Speaking .of the many challenges, in our .employee and faculties's lives .we know with K-12 being remote, .many people are facing childcare.issues, elder-care issues, .there's concerns about the .disproportionate impact it may .have on women, also on our .underrepresented communities -- .Talk a little bit about how the .office of the provost is trying .to address those impacts, .particularly, in career .progression, for faculty? .>> Provost Phillips: .Yeah, so we tried to take steps,.immediately, actually, I think, .literally, as soon as the crisis.emerged. .We announced immediately, that .everyone could just take an .extra year, in their tenure .process, no questions asked, for.sure. .We've also are addressing that, .in terms of all career .promotion, and I think, this is,.obviously, a national challenge,.That everyone is facing, and so,.how to integrate this into our .normal review processes and .expectations is something that .all universities are looking at;.and we are certainly .understanding how to formalize .that, and we're talking to .Faculty, and deans and everyone,.to come out with those new .policies so, we're -- we're .looking forward to that. .We've also been -- heard very .clearly, loud and clear, and I .know that Mark will join me in .this, on the caregiver side of .things, both the childcare, of .course; on the K-12, and quite .frankly, that was an important .part of our consideration to go .to remote, because even though .it doesn't solve any of these .care-giving responsibilities, it.does allow faculty to be a .little bit more flexible, In .their capacity, if they have .children at home, or elderly .parents that they're taking care.of. .Those kinds of circumstances. .So we continue to look at that. .It is a challenge -- for the .university -- because we exist .in -- in a national context, in .which care-giving is perhaps not.properly supported in general; .and we only have so much .capacity ourselves. .But we have put forward, and, .again, Mark and I have both .shared that information multiple.times, Web sites for matching, I.know a lot of families, are .looking at, educational pods, .Provost Phillips: .So we are trying to figure out .every possible way to support, .families, in particular, as they.-- as they face this challenge .moving forward. .>> Jennifer Winters: A lot of .creative problem-solving, thank .you, Patrick. .I would like to bring Cass .Mosley back in now. .We want to talk a little bit .more about researchers on .campus. .And, of course, researchers .began returning through the .summer, some never left -- so to.speak -- what is the preparation.for fall looking like for our .research faculty? .And those who are participating,.cass? .>>, yes, thank you Jennifer .you're right that many of our .researchers remained on campus .through the spring. .Performing critical tasks, to .maintain cell lines, make sure .equipment was safe, other animal.activities, and to conduct .COVID-related research. .Cass Moseley: But then in June,.we started to reopen research .facilities in a fairly cautious .fashion, and our goal throughout.this reopening process has been .to carefully, and methodically .move towards an ever broader set.of activities that can be .performed on campus for .research. .And, our goal really here, has .been to sort of in each step .make sure that the mitigation .measures that are in place, are .effective, and are working, That.faculty, and -- and their .research teams are able, to .really think through, the .logistics, and get their plans .approved. .And then really making -- so .that we really make sure .individual researchers and the .campus community are safe, and .that we really minimize, the .chance that we have to go .backwards. .The -- the -- abrupt, and rapid .Sending of researchers home was .really challenging on people, .and so we're being cautious to .sort of minimize the risk that .we do have to go backwards, as .of Monday of this week, we .implemented stage 1B of our .research recovery plan, which .really expands, some human .subjects research, as well as .pilot some specific .close-contact activities and .labs with substantial personal .protective equipment. .And you can really find all the .information about our research .recovery planning at .research.UOregon.edu/COVID-19. .And there, you can find a lot of.different information about .research recovery, and -- as .always -- .We have an e-mail account, .research, [email protected], where you can send any .questions and just because the .world of COVID doesn't really .exactly happen as we think, I .just want to mention as well, .that over the last 24, 48 hours,.I've received a lot of concerns .about the air quality in the .science complex buildings. .And I just wanted to let .everybody know that .environmental health and safety .has been monitoring the air .quality in those buildings and .it has continued to be far above.outdoors and above the OHA .standards, And, but it's a .little bit confusing to people, .perhaps, because, the air is in .the science complex is always .100 --.100% recirculation. .So we haven't actually changed .the air operations, in the -- .those buildings for COVID-19. .Because we, actually, need to .have 100% air circulation for .bio and chemical safety. .We do have about 600 air filters.in that complex, and they were .just recently changed by dumlach.through routine maintenance of .CPFM, it's clear the final .particles get through the .filters even when the systems .are functioning appropriately .and sensitive equipment seems to.be being affected; so as a .consequence, equipment that has .had to be shut down like the f .MRI, and as a consequence of .trying to address this, as we .speak, we have received 100Hepas.air scrubbers on rental that are.being deployed in the science .complex in the coming hours, .that should hope to improve air .quality over the coming days, so.even though, I just want to .mention, you know, it's supposed.to be a conversation about COVID.recovery and, of course, it's .become a conversation about .smoke recovery as well. .So thank you, for that .opportunity to sort of deviate .from the script and provide a .sort of realtime update .>> Jennifer Winters: Yeah, .absolutely, we appreciate that. .Cass, and what we really need is.rain, without any lightning! .If you can deliver that, we .would really appreciate it. .[LAUGHTER]. .>> I'm on it! .[LAUGHTER]. .>> Jennifer Winters: We do want.to bring in a group of focus for.this next conversation, cass .started talking about physical .space and we would like to dive .in a little bit more, about .physical space, lots of .questions about where can I go, .and what's open? .And how will the space be .different? .We talked a little bit about .that. .So let's bring in provost .Patrick Phillips, vice president.cass, moseley, and André Leduc, .let's start with you André, who .can access campus? .And what are some of the changes.that they'll expect, if they .haven't already been here when.they do come? .André: Thanks Jennifer, yeah, .most buildings, when people do .come back to campus if they .haven't already, most buildings .are open to students, faculty, .and staff, but we have .restricted flow and access, as I.had mentioned earlier, in kind .of preparation for fall firm. .So there may only be 1 point of .entry for certain buildings to .kind of limit that access. .And people may just be walking .in one direction, also, another .part of -- you know, if you've .been out in the community, .things like elevators are .limited to two people. .And just as a reminder, again, .the university, facilities are .closed to the general public, .per the state order, and that's .how -- to help limit our density.on campus. .And the number of people, But, .it is still, you know, open, to .students, employees, and -- and .will operate in that lower .density, with increased .cleaning, and, again, increased .air flow, which I, too, am .waiting for the rain, which .hopefully we'll see here some in.the next day or two. .But so those are kind of the .things people are going to see, .but effectively our campus is .open, for our student, and .employee population, and just .restricted to general public use.>> Jennifer Winters: Thanks .André..So Patrick, in terms of faculty .and graduate employees, and .being able to access offices. .How are schools and colleges .working with deans, faculty, and.GEs to work through all of that .class lab studio space .configuration? .And access? .>> Provost Phillips: .Yeah, it's been an ongoing .conversation, throughout the .summer. .Definitely a priority, and this .was another one of the .conversations we had, early on .with faculty, in terms of .providing them specific support..I think one of the hard things .the faculty experienced when we .had the stay-at-home-order, was .to try and deliver the courses .from their houses, sometimes .that wasn't always so easy, so .we've been prioritizing getting .faculty back onto campus, and .that is, again, part of the .whole decision for the fall, .Cass already talked about the .research operations. .One of my priorities has been to.make sure that we maintain our .status as a research one .university both in the research .side of things but also, then, .providing the professional .support. .For our faculty, and staff, to .engage in their work. .And so, that's come down to each.individual school. .Basically, has had to have a .safety plan. .Actually, I should -- before .this call I should have been .updated on that. .I would anticipate most of them .have now completed that in terms.of faculty offices, access to .facilities, those kinds of .things. .Our hope is to make that .available to everyone. .And, that works, obviously, very.well, when individuals have .their own office spaces, Just .need to be attentive to use of .restroom facilities, .hand-washing and all of those .kinds of things in addition. .Classrooms, .We could talk about more. .We have a set that had been .outfitted fully with document .cameras, and video cameras and .Plexiglas in anticipation of .in-person instruction. We will .be using some of those, but my .hope is that we will now, be .able to make a large number of .those available, for what we .might call, teaching theaters, .For faculty, who might need that.for demonstration spaces, those .kinds of things, those logistics.still need to be worked out. .And then there's the specialty .spaces like teaching labs, and .art studios -- and those are .really, inch-by-inch analysis .and, again, that's been going on.to find which of those are .available, But, we have safety .plans, I will -- I would like to.just -- I was just at an AAU .provost conference virtually, of.course -- .And it's very interesting, so .when we started talking about .these things, you know, all .faculty members concerns across .the country, one of their number.concerns is what am I going to .do when a student doesn't wear a.mask? .That's turned out on a national .scale, not to be an issue, .students actually understand .what's going on, and on campus, .they're complying with rules, .what I've heard instead the No. .1 complaints are students .complaining about faculty .members forgetting to wear their.masks, so that is one concern .that doesn't seem to be .manifesting itself. .The other one is the actual .facilities, themselves. As far .as I can see, there's no .reported instance of infection, .within a controlled facility, .now, there's always a risk, of .course, and I'm sure, that there.will be something to prove me .wrong, but classrooms, seem to .be -- when configured properly .with masks and air flow, seem to.be, actually, quite safe spaces,.as do these other facilities, .for instance, research labs, and.other things; So, I think we've .actually configured ourselves as.well as we possibly can, as long.as people follow the guidelines..Which is our expectation. .And beyond our expectation, .that's really, our requirement. .Of everyone on campus, and so, .we will be following through on .each of those requirements. .>> Jennifer Winters: I want to .ask, Cass, the same question: .Related to the physical spaces .in labs, obviously, very -- a .wide variety, because of the .broad amount of research that we.do, but what are some of the .things that, are happening, and .some examples and what can .employees or those who may .interact with the labs expect? .>> Cass: Yeah, thank you, .Jennifer, the research labs, are.-- in order to be working in a .research lab, you -- everybody .who is working in a research lab.needs to be named as a -- a .person on a -- an approved .research resumption plan and .that is a way that we make sure .we know who is in the labs and .we're able to communicate .directly with Folx about safety .reminders. .Health checks and things like .that. .So, one of the first things is .that if you're working in a lab,.you should be on a resumption .plan of -- of a principal .investigator. .Once you're in the lab, right? .All of the same things apply: .We physically-distance, we limit.the number of people, in any .given lab at any one time. .We have inflow, and outflow in .those buildings. .And really, all the same .measures that are in place, .elsewhere on campus, are in -- .on -- in place, in the research .facilities. .Cass: (Continuing), and, .obviously, just as elsewhere, we.have enhanced cleaning, each lab.is required to develop a .specific cleaning protocol, For .their specific circumstances, as.well as distancing mask-wearing .and the like. .And so, all of the guidance .about the details of the plans .Folx need to create around that .Web site, I mentioned earlier, .and we can always guide through .people, environmental health and.safety has been helping lab .folks develop specific solutions.to whatever challenges, that .they face in their particular .lab. .>> Jennifer Winters: Thank you,.I also just would like to do a .time check with our .participants, we really .appreciate them. .Sticking with us, we talked .about 60 minutes, we are going .to take it to the half hour, and.so if you do have more .questions, feel free to please, .e-mail us, this next question I .have is for Patrick: .And, it is about academic .department expectations. .Will academic department offices.be expected to have in-person .presence during fall term? .Patrick? .>> Provost Phillips: So that's .something that we're talking .about, with each individual .dean, it is really important .that we have an in-person .presence, for students, and what.we find is that students kind of.wander around, and they -- they .need help,.we're understanding how best to .do that on a department by .department level, so that's .really.a college, communication and .decision, the college of arts .and sciences sent out a .directive. .And I do want to point out most .individuals, faculty and staff, .will be working remotely, there .will be a small fraction of .faculty and staff and we've just.talked about researchers on .campus, we've greatly .dedenseified our campus and, .again, provide safe .circumstances for that. .One of the things we're doing as.part of this effort is to limit .access to some subsets of .buildings so we can really .control those spaces and have a .different sub that that are more.broadly open; so that layers on .kind of the opportunity for a .front-door kiosk, or welcoming, .kind of circumstance, that also .is a great opportunity for us, .to more directly address .students. .Which, in some cases, is going .to be just to make sure that .they know how to find their .resources there, looking for .online, for instance. .In .advising, or something like .that. .Jennifer Winters: This next .question is for our human .resources chief officer, we have.received a number of questions .from employees impacted by the .K-12 school schedule or by .childcare and who are worried .about balancing their home and .work responsibilities, Patrick .addressed this earlier, tell us .a little bit more about the .options employees have, related .to the childcare and school .>> Sure. .So we assembled a team of .individuals from human resources.student life and vice president .of finance and administration's .office, And we looked at what .options, we could make .available, for people. .And so, I'm happy to announce, .and e-mail will be going out .later today. .Mark: To the community, we have.stood up two networking .opportunities for the community..One is a provider network, where.UO families looking for .caregivers can go and see .primarily students, who are .available to provide care. .Actually, as of just when this .call was started -- and we have .65 caregivers, signed up, and .available, and interested in .providing care; so, certainly, .refer to that if you're looking .for somebody that -- to assist .in providing care; and the other.networking opportunity, we've .developed online is a shared .care network. .So, where UO families, with .similar needs, can try to .identify each other, and see, .whether they can exchange care, .or resources, or things like .that. .And collaborate together. .So we're hoping that those two .resources help provide summary .somerelief. .Recognizing this is a really .hard area, for everybody, and .it's a -- it's a national issue .as well. .And then, you know, another area.that we've worked on, is we have.all sorts of existing resources,.in terms of advice, and, other .community groups that can .assist, And, they're spread out .throughout the university of .Oregon Web site, so right now, .we're partnering with our .communications colleagues, to .create one central Web site, .where all caregiver resources .can be housed; Therefore, it's a.one handicap stop-shop, and you .can see everything that's .available out there, and avail .yourself of the resources. .And -- and I would be remiss, if.I didn't mention the employee .assistance program again, That .program, again, does that are .more than mental health. .Assistance, they can assist with.any number of personal issues .that individuals might be .facing. .Related to the pandemic. .Or otherwise. .And certainly, care-giving, .whether elder care or childcare .is another area that they can .assist with, as well as any .other, again, number of life .issues that people could be .facing at the moment, so, again,.I really encourage people to .look at the AAP, and those with .care giving needs, take .advantage of the two resources .that will be introduced later .today, via e-mail .>> Jennifer Winters: That is .right. .Thank you, Mark, you heard it .here first, so for this next .question, we want to bring in .André Leduc, we have a question .here about how the university is.monitoring the spread of COVID .and what we might do if there .was an outbreak on campus. .A large outbreak on campus, how .would we respond? .>> André Leduc: Thanks .Jennifer, and I think that if .you look at, what we have .developed in the planone of the .things we set out pretty early .in the stage, was developing .kind of a different indicator .system that we could use with .Lane county public health, but .also having transparency with .the public, on kind of what .things we're looking at, as far .as both the disease prevalence .that I think all of us are .getting kind of attuned to; .hearing. .But also, what are capacities in.kind of supporting students on .campus, so that would be .everything from our quarantine .isolation space, cleaning .supplies, things like that. .So there isn't one single .indicator that would tell us, .you know, we need to kind of .completely change course; .actually, by going and moving .more to kind of an alert-level .system that we've developed, the.intent there is we can kind of .monitor a little bit more .closely, where we have seen .upticks. .I think you heard it early on .from the president, that, we .expect cases. .So when we look at prevalence, .so the things we're going to be .doing here in the near term of .screening and doing that .screening, testing for our .students, coming back, we expect.cases, but there's a very big .difference, between a .symptomatic case, and an .asymptomatic case, so we're .really working on trying to .quickly identify those who are .asymptomatic to, again, reduce .the spread. . And then, it's a matter of, .when people ask well, would we .close? .Would we do this? .It's really looking at those .capacities of are we putting any.additional stress on, you know, .the resources in the community. .Primarily, our hospital .resources; so, again, we're .looking at we will know -- see .asymptomatic a lot, but then .it's how do we take care of the .individuals that are under our .care and responsibility, and .what are capacities to run that?.So there isn't one single thing,.but what we are doing is we are .monitoring that information .daily. .We work with Lane county public .health and actually all the city.incident commanders around the .community, and we weekly assess .what the monitoring rate is. .So that's kind of a -- a high, .very high, moderate, and low .level -- .And, each week, we're looking at.that, to determine, if we need .to change course, and, again, .that change course, the first .goal would be focusing down on .more mitigation and looking at .if we can contain, so if you .remember -- and everybody's .probably heard this over and .over, of, test, you know, -- .track, treat, so, it's that .aspect of if we can, work on .containing that and especially .the asymptomatic, then it's a .matter of just kind of living, .with kind of that new norm. .But supporting the people that .are asymptomatic while they're .in their quarantine. .Phase. .So not one single, but a number .of indicators that we are .monitoring, daily, and then .weekly, working with the county .public health officials to .determine, if we need to do any .changes based upon those data .sets. .Jennifer Winters: Thanks André,.and if anyone is interested .diving in more to that. .We do on the coronavirus Web .Page, have the information about.the current alert level; and .also, our operational plan, is .available, there as well. .If anyone would like to look at .any of that additional .information that André .mentioned. .This next question, is for vice .president Kevin Marbury, Kevin, .we've received a number of .questions, asking how we're .encouraging positive behavior .among students living .off-campus, Tell us about those .efforts .>> Kevin Marbury: Thanks .Jennifer, we've been really .focused on our approach to the .students that are living in .apartment complexes and the like.and have had some conversations .with property managers, .religious organizations, just .Folx, in general in the .community to let them know what .resources are available, to let .them know about the expectations.for students as they come back .to the campus, and are living in.the community. .And really just trying to focus .on a three-pronged approach, .which is the prevention, the .education and response, and so .when those individuals come to .campus, there will be plenty of .signage, and reminder about what.the expectations are as they .come on to the campus itself. .Secondly we spent quality time .with our university of Oregon .police department and they will .be partnering with the Eugene .police department, to increase .the presence, in some of the .off-campus communities that are .close to campus. .In the coming weeks. .And we're confident that they .will take an educational .approach, when asking students, .to be responsible, in their .behaviors and to make healthy .choices when those individuals .are responding to calls. .And finally, As I mentioned .before, we still have the .reporting forms, from -- that .are within our dean of students .office to monitor, and respond .appropriately, based on whatever.information we get and the .situation that we find ourselves.in. .We're asking students, to follow.the law, and in many ways that .is no different than what we do .every other year, every other .term, And our team is prepared .to do those things. .so if you're seeing things that .are concerning you, Complete the.form, and let us know so that we.can, then, respond .appropriately. .>> Jennifer Winters: All right..Thank you, so much, Kevin. .I would like to take a moment, .to address the wildfires, again,.I have to take advantage of the .fact that we have Cass Moseley .who is not only our interim vice.president for research and .innovation and has been.working on our incident .management team, for a long time.and you're also a researcher .when it comes to wildfires, and .Cass, can you help us? .We keep talking about historic, .that these fires, have been .historic, can you put it into .perspective for us, why these .are unique? .>> Cass: Sure, thank you, yeah,.so I think, one thing, to think .about, sort of even on a .continental scale, is that .wildfire has been getting more .severe, wildfire seasons are .growing longer across the .continent, and the U.S. forest .service is increasingly -- they .used to talk about a wildfire .season and increasingly it's a .wildfire year-round project. .And in the west, we're really .seeing more fire, more smoke and.really this is a trend that's .been underway, for two almost .three decades, and really, .that's after a century, where we.thought -- and we've .successfully suppressed fire .quickly. .And that really is no longer .working, and we know that, the .science is fairly clear that .climate change, is a part of the.problem, of the driver here, not.all of it certainly, fire .suppression; and in some places,.pest management practices are .driving fire behavior change, .but the fires in western Oregon .and particularly northwestern .Oregon, are really historic, and.rare, and although fire has .always been a part of this .landscape, and maybe, the most .easy-to-remember, analog, or .similar experience. .Was the T. Burn in the 1930s, .which gave rise to the state .forest, but none of these fires .thus var have gotten to the size.of historic burn, in terms of .measured in acres of the B fire .which was 500,000 acres in .southwest Oregon. .In the county wilderness, what .makes the fires historic, .besides the really unusual .weather pattern is the number of.people in houses that have been .in harm's way, that is not as --.we certainly have lost homes and.structured, in our rural .communities, in Oregon. .But we don't really have a lot .of experience, with fires, in .places where there's a lot of .people in a lot of structures, .and that really is what makes .this feel very different to all .of us. .Unfortunately, it is something .our neighbors to the south in .California in particular, have .been experiencing increasingly .over the past decade or so. .And I think, you know, my role .is -- I'm on the incident .management team. .I can't sort of resist saying, I.think the past couple of weeks, .make incredibly clear the .importance of good land use .planning, defensible space .around homes, and really .planning everyone... to have a .plan for needing to evacuate .should the worst happen in your .community. .And this is something that Folx .in eastern and southern Oregon .have known for a while, and it's.now clear, this is really a .statewide necessity for all of .us going forward. .And let me just close, Jennifer,.by circling back to where Mike .started and really -- and André,.and really acknowledge our first.responders, who have been truly .heroic, and in particular, our .student -- our student .firefighters and our staff, who .have been out on the fire lines,.and responding to help evacuees,.and I just can't thank them .enough for the work they have .done to help our communities, be.safe, and -- and begin the .process of recovery. .>> Jennifer Winters: I know we .all echo that. .Thank you so much, Cass, well, .we're coming to the end of our .Program, before we wrap up, with.president Schill we would like .to give all of our panelists an .opportunity to share a couple of.closing statements, and we're .going to start with Patrick .Phillips. .>> Provost Phillips: .Good, well,. .These are trying times, there's .no question, we have a couple of.more weeks before the term .starts. .I know the faculty are all .getting ready, the students are .looking forward to it. .We will continue to seek every .possible avenue, and means of .supporting our faculty and .staff, and in succeeding in .their work, and at the end of .the day, when we can all take a .deep breath, and in a couple of .days hopefully, we'll move .forward together, to keep .pushing forward, our role, in .society, Cass just articulated .why we need to exist, we need to.keep moving forward; and helping.the world; so we look forward to.all joining together to do that..>> Jennifer Winters: Thank you,.so much, Patrick. .André, final word from you? .>> André Leduc: Yeah, again, I .just appreciate all of the hard .work and dedication of all of .staff and frankly the .partnerships have been surreal .as one of the people who has .been working nonstop since the .fire started. .It's great to see us come .together. .I think the key is now, we have .a lot of work ahead of us, and, .again, just thinking about every.element that we individually, .can do, and we've talked about .that, about wearing masks, .washing hands, but I would be .remiss, if I didn't mention, .also a big point of this is .getting your flu shot. .So, again, the -- EU they are .out and available -- as we move .into kind of the fall term and .winter term, it's just, you .know, taking care of each other..And taking care of yourself, and.one of the ways that you can do .that, while we're in COVID, is .get your flu shot, and -- again,.wash your hands. .>> Jennifer Winters: Thanks .André. .Mark? .We would like to hear from you .now. .>> Mark: .Thanks, Jennifer, so, if 2020 .has taught us anything, we know .we are a resilient group, and we.have amazingly talented .colleagues and resourceful .people throughout campus and the.UO community, and so I would be .remiss, if I didn't try to .replicate, the energy that Roger.Thompson brought to the student .town hall, and just say -- go .ducks! We've got this term, and.we're going to do it well, and .do it excellent. .>> Jennifer Winters: Thanks so .much, Mark, cass Moseley, final .word from you please? .>> Cass: Yeah, I just want to .say thank you, to all of the .researchers, and research .administrators who have been so .patient, and committed to the --.all the extra planning, and .that's gone into reopening .research facilities, and I kind .of want to echo what Mark, and .André, and Patrick have said .about the resilience of our .community, you know, as a .scholar, of resilience, I feel .like I've really seen that over .and over again, over the last .six months, and I'm really .grateful to be a part of the UO .community. .>> Jennifer Winters: Thank you,.cass, Kevin Marbury, we would .all uvlove to hear from you. .>> I'm really looking forward to.welcoming our students back to .campus, and really looking .forward to the day we can .welcome everyone back to campus,.every tay I try to take a moment.to remind myself this is a new .environment for everyone, and so.I try to assume positive intent,.and try to be kind and offer .grace to everyone, and each .other. .And remember that particularly, .for many of our students, this .pandemic is unlike anything that.they have ever experienced in .their lives. .But I like to think that they .are resilient and they want to .make this thing successful as .well. .So I am looking forward to them .coming pack and trying to .provide the great opportunity .for them to continue their .education. .And I would also like to take a .moment to say to so many people .who worked tirelessly this .summer to make modifications on .doing what you do -- I'm .grateful for the work that .you've done; and I want to thank.you so much, for all that you've.done so far, and will continue .to do in the upcoming weeks. .>> Jennifer Winters: And thank .you, Kevin. .And I -- I want to thank, again,.all of our panelists as we turn .now, to president Schill for .final words. .>> Thank you, Jennifer. .>> And thank you, all for your .time today, and tuning in. .President Schill: I hope we've .been able to provide some .answers about what the path .forward looks like, as we noted..It will be a term, unlike any .other we have seen, and I want .to just say, I thought Kevin .Marbury -- everybody's comments .were great, but Kevin, I really .share your comments, I think, .you know, we need to understand,.each of us in a different place,.each of us is trying to do the .best that we can. .Each of us is acting in .good-faith and we just need to .show each other grace, because .we will -- many of us, will make.mistakes over the next -- next .period of time; we're in .uncharted territory, and we just.need to understand we're all .doing the very, very best that .we can. .And I believe, That we have the .people, I believe we have the .talent, I believe we have the .community, to come through this .stronger than ever, we can, and .we will -- and I'm proud to be .part of our university of Oregon.community, And I want each of .you who is watching today to .know how proud, and grateful I .am, for each of you. .Thank you, Jennifer Winters: .Thank you, president, Schill, .and, again, thank you to .everyone who joined us, we know .we can't cover every single .question everyone has, but we do.have a lot of information in our.frequently asked questions .section on our coronavirus Web .site, that Web site also has .links to all the links you heard.about today, from HR and .research and the provost's .office. .If you don't find your answer .there, you can still call our .hotline, or you can submit your .question through our Web Page, .there, on .coronavirus.UOregon.edu. .Thank you, for joining us, and .be well. .