I’m writing to provide you with information about changes to student fees for spring term. These are certainly difficult times, and we are working hard to prioritize the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff while we deliver a rich remote educational experience.
As it is unlikely that we will be able to maintain significant operations in the Student Union and Student Recreation Center this term, the university will provide a refund to any student who paid the Student Union and Student Rec Center mandatory fees. Students who paid these fees will have a fee remission (credit) applied to their accounts. This change will reduce the administratively controlled mandatory fees for spring term for full-tine students by 34 percent from $500.75 to $328.25. All other mandatory fees will be assessed as published.
In addition, students who will not return to campus for spring term can cancel their residence hall contracts and receive a refund to their student account. Please contact University Housing for details.
The university has suspended any interest or billing charges on unpaid student account balances for April, May, and June 2020. Additionally, the UO will provide remissions (credits) for course fees that pay for (1) materials that will not be used, or (2) field trips that will not be taken. For international students, we will use fee remissions (credits) to offset 50 percent of the International Student Fee, recognizing that although SEVIS visa services continue, some services, such as in-person social and academic integration programs, have been suspended.
For more information or help with your account, please contact Student Billing at 541-346-3170 or by email at email@example.com.
As you prepare for the start of spring term next week, I wanted to remind you of some of the programs, services and opportunities available to you. This is just a partial list, and I encourage you to visit individual department websites for more information and offerings as they are made available.
- The University Health, Counseling, and Testing centers remain open. In addition, they are providing remote and in person services with modified operations to prioritize safety.
- The Student Recreation Center building is closed, but a majority of the department’s PE classes will be offered remotely. The staff is also creating weekly fitness workouts and exploring creative ways to offer some intramural opportunities.
- The Erb Memorial Union is open for take-out food orders (see list) and essential ID and Campus Cash services. They’ll also be offering online craft tutorials, music, esports, and more.
- The University Career Center is providing remote career readiness appointments and resume and cover letter reviews. They are also working on upcoming opportunities to interact with employers.
- The Office of the Dean of Students is providing services including remote drop-in hours for students in crisis and Title IX response, every business day between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. They are also offering one-on-one staff support for multicultural and identity-based support groups and fraternity and sorority leaders.
I know many students are dealing with serious financial disruptions related to COVID-19. If you are in a financial crisis that is negatively impacting or has the potential to impact your academics, you may be eligible to apply for and receive financial support from the Students in Crisis Fund. For more information, please call 541-346-3216 or fill out a Community Care and Support form to get connected to a Dean of Students team member.
For the latest information about the UO’s response to the coronavirus, visit uoregon.edu/coronavirus and read our FAQs. Questions, concerns, or suggestions should continue to be directed to this web form or 541-346-7007 (staffed 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday).
Please do not let the coronavirus disrupt or sidetrack your educational goals. We are in this with you and will do everything in our power to help you stay on track to graduate and get through this challenging time. We are a community of Ducks—we support each other, and we will get through this together.
R. Kevin Marbury
Vice President for Student Life