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[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] edu, 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

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