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​​​​​​​​​​​​COVID-19 Resources for Oregon Postsecondary Education Partners

This page contains information and guidance related to the 2019 novel coronavirus and ​COVID-19 for postseco​​ndary institutions and s​takeholders in Oregon.  ​​Since this is an evolving situation, we are updating this page as frequently as possible.  For the current Oregon public health status on COVID-19, see the Oregon Health Authority

This web page has recent state and federal guidance related to postsecondary education and key links. All information on this page and more is detailed in the following FAQ web page which is updated and expanded regularly.​

HECC and partners have offered a few interim guiding principles​ which have emerged from the development of a statewide strategic roadmap for ​the future of higher education in Oregon. We are asking all stakeholders to keep these guiding principles in mind as they take steps towards​ navigating the current crisis.

  1. Postsecondary education and training are central to Oregon’s return to strength and prosperity
  2. Affordability and access to postsecondary education and training require investments of the state funding
  3. Equity must be central to all we do
  4. To achieve our shared goals, we must all commit to collaborate and work together in new ways

See the Governor's Office COVID-19 web page here for recent statewide guidance on Building a Safe & Strong Oregon: A Science-Driven Framework for Reopening Oregon.

Also see Oregon College and University Update Webpages for links to ​Oregon postsecondary institution-hosted webpages on COVID-19.  ​See Resources for Individuals and Businesses Experiencing Layoffs for workforce-related information. ​

Statewide Messages to Current and Future Students  

Joint Mess​age of Assurance to Current and Future Students, from Oregon's Colleges and Universities, , April 27, 2020.

Students can also find updates on Financial Aid, Admissions, and more under Key COVID-19 Information by Topic (FAQ)​.

State Guidance and Orders Related to Postseconda​ry Education


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​State Guidance Related to Postsecondary Education

Please pay attention to the date last updated 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 guidelines related to Oregon public health and prevention.

  • Executive Order 20-17: Extending Governor's Order 20-09  (Suspension of In-Person Instructional Activities at Higher Education Institutions). Effective period is now March 21, 2020 through June 13, 2020 unless that period is extended or terminated earlier by the Governor. Other provisions of EO 20-09, including exemptions for certain types of instruction and limitation of on-campus operations to critical functions only, remain in effect through the extension date. April 17, 2020.
COVID-19 Unemployment and other Economic Relief Sources for Private Career Schools and Private Colleges and Universities, April 6, 2020

  • Executive Order 20-12:  Stay Home, Save Lives, Ordering Oregonians to Stay Home, Closing Specified Retail Businesses, Requiring Social Distancing Measures for Other Public and Private Facilities, and Imposing Requirements for Outdoor Areas and Licensed Childcare Facilities, March 23, 2020



Governor's Press Release; Governor Kate Brown Announces New Executive Order For Higher Education Institutions, March 18, 2020
  • Executive Order 20-09: Suspension of In-person instructional Activities at Higher Education Institutions in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak 



Federal Guidance Related to P​ostsecondary Education

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Federal Guidance Related to Postsecondary Education

Please pay attention to the date last updated with each resource posted here.

In addition to the information below, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ​for recent federal public health guidance about COVID-19 in the U.S.

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Other HECC Resources

Key COVID-19 Links

Agency Partner Webpages