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UO, OSU continue housing, feeding students during coronavirus pandemic

File image of campus housing at U of O. (File/SBG)
File image of campus housing at U of O. (File/SBG)
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EUGENE, Ore. - Both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University are housing students on campus as a means to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.

"OSU’s residence halls and dining centers on our Corvallis campus and at OSU-Cascades campus in Bend remain open, in accordance with Gov. Kate Brown’s Executive Order as they are deemed critical university functions, " said OSU Vice President Steve Clark.

Clark adds that about 2,000 students are living on campus in residence halls during spring break.

"We will utilize vacancies during spring term to have students live in single rooms wherever possible, to assure maximum social distancing," said Clark.

OSU is capable of housing more than 5,000 students at the Corvallis campus.

The University of Oregon's page on coronavirus-related questions states that campus housing and dining are open to students who may not have housing available, students who can't return home because of travel restrictions, and students who could face additional health risks if required to return home.

UO also wants students who are not in Eugene to stay away from campus until the governor's executive order is lifted.

Both schools state they are taking measures in accordance with Governor Kate Brown's Executive Order to ensure the health and safety of students at residence halls and dining centers.

"All OSU dining centers are serving food by take-out or delivery," said Clark, adding that eating inside the dining centers is not allowed until further notice.

The University of Oregon states that they are also following social distancing and prevention strategies.

Both schools recognize that many students may want to exit their housing and dining agreements while taking classes remotely.

"We are allowing students to break their residence hall rental and meal agreement without a cancellation penalty, as we recognize many students will remain enrolled at OSU, but will be taking their classes remotely – many from their home communities," said Clark.

The University of Oregon's page states that students will be allowed a day to retrieve their belongings from residence halls.

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UO students will need to notify University Housing of their move-out date, and are expected to follow social distancing guidelines.

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