SOU Student Conduct
for COVID-19 (2020/2021)
for COVID-19 (2020/2021)
The Office of the Dean of Students welcomes you to our community. We have created this page to ensure that you have information regarding COVID-19 and provide you with the resources found in the Code of Student Conduct – including guidance on guests/visitors, face covering/mask-wearing and social distancing. This webpage serves as a reminder of the university’s expectations related to the health and safety of our Southern Oregon University community.
We want to ensure the safety of our whole community. As such, we want to provide you with the following health and safety guidelines and policies:
Why do these policies exist?
As COVID-19 continues to impact public health and members of our university, we align to the principles noted in the Code of Student Conduct: “mutual respect, personal and academic integrity, civil discourse, and responsible decision-making” These principles enable us to create the safest possible environments for all members of our community. We expect our students to exemplify the university’s values regarding the well-being and success of all learners by holding each other accountable to following university and state guidelines to prevent further spread of COVID-19. While it might seem these daily and conscious actions go unnoticed, our individual and collective impact could save lives.
How can I comply with COVID-19 guidelines?
Stay informed. To better comply with guidelines moving forward, all Southern Oregon University community members should read communication sent by SOU with updated guidance that is informed by city, county, state and federal regulations. We know you get a lot of emails. Please read them; they will help keep you informed of the most current information we have at any given time. Sign up for SOU Alerts; you can access your SOU Alert Account on your InsideSOU account in the top, right-hand corner of the page (in the blue box).
What if I do not comply?
If you do not comply with university guidance, you will be held accountable to the Code of Student Conduct. As in other cases involving university policy, procedure or guideline violation(s), your non-compliance will be reported using the SOU Cares Report. From there, you will receive outreach to review and resolve the matter. See the SOU Code of Student Conduct for more information. Non-compliance can lead to University Probation and/or could lead to your removal from campus. For students living in University Housing, you could be removed from all of campus (including housing) and will be held to the financial terms of the contract.
At this time, face coverings are required in shared or common spaces and at all campus activities until the policy is rescinded. Face coverings are required in buildings and spaces on campus, including in outdoor spaces. No one is exempt from wearing a face covering. If you require an accommodation to this policy, please contact Disability Resources to explore a reasonable modification: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Students in their residence hall rooms are not required to wear face coverings when they host SOU residential student guests. However, coverings must be worn in all common spaces of residence halls, including hallways, stairways, elevators, and meeting or recreational rooms.
Student employees who are on-campus and unable to wear a face-covering should contact Human Resources (Churchill Hall, Room 159, 541.552.8553 ; email@example.com ) and complete the SOU HR Accommodation Request Form. Students should contact Disability Resources ( 541.552.5213 , option 2; firstname.lastname@example.org ).
While circumstances may be unique to each student, below are some reflection questions to support you in making choices that lead to the desired and positive impact on self and others:
Where can I find out more information about COVID-19 and SOU?
Below are educational and informative resources to help students safely and successfully navigate university life and policies amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
General COVID-19 Information
On & Off Campus Resources
We ask students to take ownership of their choices and provide educational opportunities and resources that foster personal growth, repair harm, rebuild trust and strengthen each student’s relationship with the university.
Contact the Dean Of Students at email@example.com for any questions.