Spring Term 2022 Guidance for Continuing Students

Updated: February 21, 2022

Notify ISSS of Your Plans for Spring Term

Please follow the instructions below based on where you will physically be spring term 2022. 

  • If you are in the U.S. and remaining in the U.S. for spring term, no action required.

ACTION REQUIRED:

  • If you have been outside the U.S. and will be returning for spring term, 1) log into iConnect and submit the “Returning to U.S.” e-form, and 2) re-enroll in the student health benefits plan by sending an email to the UO Health Center at uostudentinsure@uoregon.edu.
     
  • If you have been outside the U.S. and will be remaining outside the U.S. for spring term, log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” e-form for spring term 2022 (term code is 202103). Important Note: ISSS will notify the UO Health Center to dis-enroll you from the student health benefits plan, but only if we receive notification of your plans. If we do not receive notification of your plans by March 28, 2022, you will be responsible for paying the $966 health insurance premium.
     
  • If you are in the U.S. but will be leaving the U.S. for spring term, log into iConnect and submit the “Temporary Leave from U.S.” e-form for spring term 2022 (term code is 202103). Important Note: ISSS will notify the UO Health Center to dis-enroll you from the student health benefits plan, but only if we receive notification of your plans. If we do not receive notification of your plans by March 28, 2022, you will be responsible for paying the $966 health insurance premium.

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-Delivered I-20s

For F-1 students, you are allowed to use the I-20 copy sent to you via email for travel to the U.S. The original-signed I-20 is 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 entry to the U.S. 


Air Travel to the United States - Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine Required for All Air Passengers 

Effective November 8, 2021, the U.S. will lift the four current geographic travel ban restrictions, and replace them with a global requirement that "noncitizens who are nonimmigrants" traveling to the United States by air from any part of the world establish that they are fully vaccinated, with some limited exceptions. A separate CDC order will also continue to require all air travelers to show results of a negative coronavirus test performed on a specimen taken three days (if fully vaccinated) or one day (if not fully vaccinated and entering under an exception) preceding their flight's departure from a foreign country traveling to the United States. "Noncitizens who are nonimmigrants" who are traveling by air will have to show both the negative COVID viral test and documentation that they are either fully vaccinated or are eligible for an exception to the vaccination requirement.


Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Required for All Air Passengers 

Updated October 25, 2021, students traveling to the U.S. will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status) before you travel by air to the U.S. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight. If you are fully vaccinated, the viral test must be conducted no more than 3 days before the flight's departure from a foreign country if you show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, the viral test must be conducted no more than 1 day before the flight's departure from a foreign country if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


UO COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster Shot Requirement

COVID Shot Requirement: The UO requires all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. See CPVID-19 FAQs below for more information about what "fully vaccinated" means.

Booster Shot Requirement: The UO will also require all students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligibleThe booster shot requirement must be met by January 31, or 30 days after you become eligible.

Proof of the booster shot must be uploaded following a similar process for the vaccination requirement (see below). Specific information for providing proof will be shared with students and employees early in winter term. As with our existing vaccination requirements, the University of Oregon will continue to recognize both medical and non-medical exemptions to the booster shot requirement, consistent with state law.

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


COVID-19 FAQs

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

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Required Winter 2022: The UO will require students to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of winter 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.  
     
  • Can international students get a vaccine after arrival in Eugene? No. The U.S. government now requires all travelers to the U.S. show proof of being fully vaccinated prior to boarding an international flight to the U.S. 
     
  • What if I cannot get the COVID vaccine prior to arrival to the U.S.? You may be eligible to start winter term remotely from your home country if online courses are available in your major or field of study. You may also request to defer to spring term 2022 to allow more time to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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.