Return to Campus Stages

We are in Phase 1University of Portland's operational plan for resuming normal on-campus activities and instruction includes four stages. Please note that these stages relate to the University's internal planning and are distinct from the State of Oregon's reopening phases

These stages are intended to serve as general guidelines for the campus community and are subject to change based upon applicable public health guidelines. 

Stage I (Essential Activities Only/Remote Instruction)

March 18, 2020

  • Remote instruction
  • Most residence halls and buildings closed
  • Remote work for most employees; essential employees working on campus
  • No travel, visitors, or events

Stage II (Limited Activities/Remote Instruction) 

July 1-August 16, 2020

  • Remote instruction continues
  • Remote work continues for the majority of employees
  • Some employees permitted to return to work if consistent with applicable public health guidelines and approved by supervisor. Note: Employees who have been teleworking should not return to campus/in-person work unless they receive written permission from their supervisor.
  • Limited number of students and employees return to campus for pre-semester training
  • Faculty, staff, and student training on health and safety protocols
  • Continued restrictions on travel, events, and visitors

Stage III (Pre-Semester Orientation and Staggered Arrival of Students)

August 17-24, 2020

  • Staggered arrival of resident students; move-in by appointment only
  • Remote work for most employees; some personnel return to on-campus work
  • Continued faculty, staff, and student training on health and safety protocols
  • Continued restrictions on travel, events, and visitors

Stage IV (Fall Semester)

Beginning August 24, 2020

  • Most courses for undergraduates will be offered in-person and online simultaneously
  • On-campus residentiality resumes
  • Many faculty and staff working on campus; some employees will continue to work remotely
  • All campus buildings open and functioning under modified health and safety practices
  • Continued restrictions on travel, events, and visitors


Updated 6/28/2020 to clarify Stage II activities regarding teleworking for employees.