State Guidance Related to Postsecondary Education
Please pay attention to the date last updated and to the dates effective with each resource posted here.
In addition to the guidance below, see the Governor's Office COVID-19 web page for recent statewide information on Building a Safe & Strong Oregon: A Science-Driven Framework for Reopening Oregon. See the Oregon Health Authority for recent public guidelines related to Oregon public health and prevention.
• See page 7 of the Executive Order regarding exemptions for higher education.
NOTE: Executive Order 20-28
combined with the OHA/HECC standards
require that all higher education activities not involving research or instruction related to a certificate/degree must adhere to any requirements that apply to their corresponding business sector. Therefore many of these activities (i.e. retail, dining, fitness/recreation, museums, etc.) are subject to new restrictions described under the freeze. In addition, new social gatherings restrictions are applicable to students and other members of the college/university community, whether they live on or off-campus.
The Oregon Health Authority on October 19, 2020 released updated statewide guidance for face masks, face coverings, and face shields. This guidance applies to Oregon's public and private colleges and universities, and supersedes prior OHA/HECC standards/guidance on this matter. The OHA/HECC Guidelines document below has been updated to reflect this guidance.
Executive Order 20-28 Operation of Higher Education Institutions during Coronavirus Pandemic, June 12, 2020
HECC OHA Public Health Guidelines for the Conduct of In-person Instructional, Residential, and Research Activities at Oregon Colleges and Universities, first issued June 12, 2020, last updated October 22, 2020.
State of Oregon Equity Framework in COVID-19 Response and Recovery, Office of Governor Kate Brown, June, 2020.
See all Governor Brown's Executive Orders related to COVID-19 here, including:
Executive Order 20-65: Temporary Freeze to Address Surve in COVID-19 Cases in Oregon, November 17, 2020
Executive Order 20-28: Operation of Higher Education Institutions during Coronavirus Pandemic, June 12, 2020
Executive Order 20-27: A Safe and Strong Oregon (Phase II), June 15, 2020
Executive Order 20-17: Extending Governor's Order 20-09, April 17, 2020
Executive Order 20-12: Stay Home, Save Lives, March 23, 2020
Executive Order 20-09: Suspension of In-person instructional Activities at Higher Education Institutions in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
Executive Order 20-05: Prohibiting Large Gatherings Due to Coronavirus Outbreak in Oregon
HECC and ODE Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Oregon High School Based College Courses during COVID-19, September 30, 2020.
HECC Guidance to Private Career Schools and Oregon-based Degree-granting Colleges Authorized by the Office of Degree Authorization
HECC Guidance for Private Career Schools on Face Mask Requirements, October 22, 2020
HECC Guidance for Private Career Schools Located in Counties Approved for Phase I Reopening, May 21, 2020
COVID-19 Unemployment and other Economic Relief Sources for Private Career Schools and Private Colleges and Universities, April 6, 2020
HECC Guidance to Private Career Schools, March 20, 2020
HECC Guidance to Private Oregon-based Degree-granting Colleges Authorized by ODA, March 20, 2020
HECC COVID-19 Guidance to Private Oregon-based Degree-granting Colleges Authorized by HECC, March 16, 2020
HECC COVID-19 Guidance to Private Career Schools, March 13, 2020