President's Updates

New task force will tackle long-term response to COVID-19

05/14/2020 • We all recognize the profound impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on both the University of Oregon and the national higher education landscape. The simple truth is that the coronavirus is an invisible disruptor that suddenly and harshly threatened what has been the UO’s foundation for nearly 150 years—the ability to fulfill our mission of excellent teaching, research, and service as a residential campus.

Looking ahead to fall term on campus

04/27/2020 • Let me begin by observing that our community’s immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis was inspiring. I want to sincerely thank all of you—faculty, staff, administrators, GEs, and students—who are working tirelessly to keep our community strong and deliver on our mission of teaching, discovery, and service during this extraordinarily difficult time. It has truly been awe-inspiring and humbling. Now we must turn our attention to the future, to think about the next school year and beyond.

Addressing our financial challenges

04/13/2020 • We are all facing uncertainty and unprecedented challenges as we work collectively to slow the spread of COVID-19. I am deeply thankful and proud of the way each of you has responded to our rapid shift in operations, while juggling your own personal challenges, to meet our vital mission of teaching, research, and service.

Virtual Town Hall for Faculty, Staff and GEs

03/31/2020 • On Thursday, April 2, at 4:00 p.m., the university will hold a virtual town hall for all faculty and staff. You can watch the livestream on this webpage. Submit questions ahead of time using this web form or ask questions during the town hall by emailing

Additional modifications to university operations following stay-at-home order

03/23/2020 • Provost Phillips and I are writing to provide the latest update on the University of Oregon’s response to the coronavirus. Gov. Kate Brown today issued new orders for individuals, businesses, and agencies throughout the state as part of the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We are here for you. The UO is preparing for spring term remote teaching.

03/23/2020 • President Michael Schill talks about the University of Oregon's commitment to protect and support students, and how the campus community is preparing to deliver remote education for spring term so students can continue their education and stay on track to graduation.

COVID-19 update: remote instruction for all of spring term

03/19/2020 • I want to share the latest information about the University of Oregon’s response to the coronavirus outbreak that is accelerating in Oregon and nationally.

UO Leadership – Responding to Global COVID-19

03/16/2020 • President Michael Schill and Provost Patrick Phillips talk about changes to UO operations to protect the campus community in response to COVID-19 in a video message to campus and a special episode of the Flock Talk Podcast.

Coronavirus Update: UO changing operations

03/11/2020 • For some time now, the UO has been monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preparing contingency plans as the virus spreads across the state of Oregon, our nation and the world. At this time, there are still no known cases of COVID-19 in Lane County, but with spring break quickly approaching, we believe it is time to enact active measures to increase social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus and protect students, faculty, staff and the broader community.

Tuition recommendation to UO Board of Trustees

03/10/2020 • I am writing today to inform you of the recommendation I intend to make to the UO Board of Trustees regarding tuition rates and mandatory student fees for the upcoming academic year. Since my last message on the topic, I have had the chance to hear directly from students at an open forum, read all 108 messages submitted via the online feedback form, and talked with representatives from a variety of campus stakeholder groups.