Fall Term 2021 Updates for Continuing Students

Updated: July 27, 2021

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The UO released this important announcement regarding Fall term instruction. This announcement means that the instructional mode in fall is no longer an accommodation to COVID-19, unless there is a change in public health guidance. 

Notify ISSS of Your Plans for Fall Term

We need to know what your plans are for fall term as soon as possible. We understand there are many challenges and uncertainties in getting visa appointments, traveling to the U.S., and pandemic and political crises in many countries. If you find you are unable to come to U.S. for any reason, please email ISSS at intl@uoregon.edu

Scenario #1. Returning to the U.S. (for students who have been outside the U.S. taking classes)

  • Log into iConnect and submit the “Returning to U.S.” eform.

Scenario #2. Take classes from outside the U.S. (enrolled)

NOTE: Fall classes are mostly in-person. There are very few online undergrad and graduate courses available. Please contact an academic advisor or your major department to determine if there are any available online courses if you cannot physically come to the U.S. for fall term. Online courses may not be available for every major or graduate program.

  • Log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” eform for fall term 2021 (term code is 202101). If you plan to complete your degree online or will not return to the UO, submit the "Departure" eform instead of the "Temporary Leave" eform. We will review your request, answer any questions you submit and clarify next steps. As long as you notify ISSS that you will be outside the U.S., you NO LONGER need to submit an out-of-country waiver of the student insurance plan. This is a change from last year. ISSS will notify the UO Health Center on your behalf, to terminate your coverage under the student health benefits plan, but only if we receive notification of your plans.

Scenario #3. Take a gap term outside the U.S. (not enrolled)

  • Log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” eform for fall term 2021 (term code is 202101).

For Students Returning to U.S. from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, and India

On April 26, 2021, the Department of State updated its National Interest Exception (NIE) page to expand certain NIE eligibilities to all countries subject to a geographic COVID-19 entry ban. Students who are subject to pandemic-related travel restrictions due to their presence in China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, and India, may now qualify for an NIE, but only if their academic program begins August 1, 2021 or later.

  • F-1 Students
    • Students with a valid F-1 visa intending to begin or continue an academic program, including OPT, starting August 1, 2021 or later will automatically be considered for an NIE to travel and do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to travel. New students may enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic program. Continuing students are strongly recommended not to re-enter the U.S. earlier than 30 days before the start of fall term.
       
  • J-1 Students
    • Students with a valid J-1 visa intending to begin or continue an academic program starting August 1, 2021 or later, should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to request an NIE before traveling to the U.S.

I-20 Travel Signatures

Travel signatures on page 2 of the I-20 are valid for one year. If you are returning to the U.S. and the travel signature on your I-20 is blank or more than one year old, log into iConnect and submit the “I-20 Replacement Request.” eform. We will reprint your I-20, sign for travel, and email an I-20 to you as a PDF file. You must print, sign and date the I-20 copy on your end and keep with your passport for re-entry to the U.S.


Use of Electronically-Signed I-20s and DS-2019s

I-20s can now be sent via email from ISSS as a PDF file, printed and signed by the student and used for official purposes including visa interviews and entry to the U.S. Original-signed I-20s are not required. However, you must print, sign and date the I-20 copy and keep the I-20 with your passport.  For J-1 students, the original-signed hard copy DS-2019 is required for visa interviews and entry to the U.S. 


Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Entry to U.S.

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

If you are not fully vaccinated upon arrival to the U.S., the CDC recommends you get tested again with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.


Quarantine Requirements Coming to the U.S.

The U.S. does not require incoming travelers to self-quarantine for 14-21 days like other countries do. All you need to do is provide evidence of a negative COVID test prior to your international flight.


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement—UO Student Process

We strongly recommend you get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your home country prior to arrival to the U.S. However, if this is not possible, you can request an exemption.

Deadline:

September 27 (September 14 for residence hall students)

Vaccination requirement – Student Process:

https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/covid-19-vaccination-requirement-student-process

Students are required to use myUOHealth to submit their records.

All vaccine questions should be directed to the UO Health Center at immunization@uoregon.edu

Testing Requirement: 

The UO will require the small percentage of individuals who have received a vaccination exemption to take part in weekly COVID-19 testing to protect the campus community. The mandatory testing will begin on September 27, the first day of fall term classes, and will take place on campus through the UO Monitoring and Assessment Program.

 


COVID-19 FAQs

Review all FAQs on the UO website at https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/vaccine including those below!

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Required Fall 2021: The UO will require students to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of fall term. Students may be eligible to request an exemption. We strongly recommend you a) get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your home country prior to arrival to the U.S., and b) receive your last vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to your arrival to the U.S.

  • What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”? You are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks have passed since you received all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (the number of does varies by manufacturer).
     
  • Will the UO accept vaccines other than those approved for use in the US? No, the UO will only accept any COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
     
  • If international students got a vaccine out of the US, how should they show proof? UO will allow international students to upload to the myUOHealth portal evidence of any COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is the same portal international students already use to upload other immunization records. Please note that these immunization records must be submitted in English. 
     
  • If international students received the first dose of a WHO-approved, two-dose vaccine outside the US, what should they do upon arrival in the US? Students who have received one dose of a WHO-approved, two-dose vaccine will need to wait 28 days after arrival to the U.S. and then begin the two-dose sequence of a US-approved vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or the single dose of a US-approved one-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). This option is NOT recommended because your student visa only allows you to arrive up to 30 days prior to the start of the term. We strongly recommend you a) get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your home country prior to arrival to the U.S., and b) receive your last vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to your arrival to the U.S.
     
  • How can international students get a vaccine after arrival in Eugene? Students will be able to receive a vaccination upon arrival in Eugene via Lane County Public Health, private clinics, or pharmacies. However, starting your COVID vaccination in the U.S. may require you to arrive 4-5 weeks before the start of fall term. This option is NOT recommended because you are limited to arriving only 30 days prior to the start of the term. We strongly recommend you a) get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your home country prior to arrival to the U.S., and b) receive your last vaccine dose at least two weeks prior to your arrival to the U.S.
     
  • What are UO’s expectations/requirements with regard to quarantine on arrival as students await local vaccination? The UO recommends that travelers entering the US follow US Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for self-isolation depending on vaccination status.  Plan to arrive in the US early enough to follow these guidelines. 
     
  • Can international students move into UO residence halls if they have not been vaccinated? Yes. The vaccination requirement for living in the residence halls is the same for UO students on campus: The UO will require students to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of fall term and students may be eligible to request an exemption
     
  • What if I cannot get the COVID vaccine prior to arrival to the U.S.? Students who cannot obtain a WHO-approved vaccine before arrival in the US may qualify for a temporary vaccine exemption. Those students must complete an exemption request, should indicate their intent to become vaccinated as soon as possible after arrival, and should comply with isolation/quarantine, timelines, and other requirements identified by the CDC and state and local authorities. The vaccine exemption process can be found here: https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/covid-19-vaccination-requirement-student-process

On-Campus Housing

If you are returning to the U.S. and planning on living on-campus, please notify UO Housing of your arrival date so they can work with you on a move-in date.


Student Health Insurance Process and Fees

All international students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the UO Student Health Benefits Plan. The cost for the UO Student Health Benefits Plan is $996 per term ($1494 per semester for Law students) and provides excellent coverage, low deductibles and low out of pocket limits.

NOTE: Intl Grad Students with GE appointments – please skip to #e below.

  1. If you are in the U.S. and want to remain enrolled in the UO student health benefits plan, there is nothing you need to do.

 

  1. If you are in the U.S. and do not want to remain enrolled in the UO student health benefits plan, you can request a waiver as long as you meet the waiver criteria. Waiver criteria and instructions can be found here: https://health.uoregon.edu/insurancewaivers. The deadline to request a waiver for fall term is September 3 for law students, and October 6 for undergrad and grad students. If you miss the deadline, you may request a late waiver until September 24 for law students, and October 29 for undergrad and grad students, but you will be charged a $42 administrative fee.  No refunds will be granted after the late waiver deadlines.

 

  1. If you are outside the U.S. taking classes or a gap term, you must follow the instructions above to notify ISSS of your plans for fall term. If you notify ISSS that you will be outside the U.S., you NO LONGER need to submit an out-of-country waiver of the student insurance plan. This is a change from last year. ISSS will notify the UO Health Center to terminate your coverage under the student health benefits plan, but only if we receive notification of your plans.

  

  1. If you are a returning GE, you will need to submit a waiver request when you submit the 2021-22 new payroll deduction form. You will not be automatically dropped from the student plan even if you did the waiver process last year. Also, if you did NOT enroll in the GTFF Insurance Plan this past summer 2021 or if you are dropping or adding dependents, you must contact the GTFF insurance coordinator, Glenn, to reinstate you for fall 2021. Glen can be reached via email, benefits@gtff.net or phone, 541-344-0832.