Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus Response

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PREPARING FOR A RETURN TO CAMPUS 

Multnomah County officials confirmed Thursday 6/18/2020 that Governor Kate Brown has approved a Phase 1 reopening to begin this Friday. This means that Portland State will begin its gradual Return to Campus effective Monday, June 22. 

Read details about this phased reopening on the Return to Campus website. 

STRONGEST TOGETHER: PSU RESPONDS TO COVID-19

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EMERGENCY FUND (CARES ACT) FOR STUDENTS IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Portland State remains committed to helping as many students as possible with the financial difficulties they are facing. To that end, we want to ensure that all students know of the following resources. By far, the largest resource currently available is from the federal government under the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act allocates a total of $8.3 million in emergency grants  to PSU students for COVID-related expenses, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. 

Go to the Emergency Funds Page, to learn more and apply for CARE Act Funds 

Community Resource Page

Go to the COVID-19 Community Resource Page to learn more about the emergency relief resources available to those living in Multnomah County. This page is maintained by Congressman Blumenauer's Office.

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Multnomah County officials confirmed Wednesday that the Gov. Kate Brown has approved a Phase 1 reopening to begin this Friday. 

This means that Portland State will begin its gradual Return to Campus effective Monday, June 22. 

As a reminder that means that a limited amount of activity will return to campus. All work that can be done remotely should continue to be done remotely. Only reviewed and approved research and creative work may return at this time. Refer to the Return to Campus website for more detailed information about the gradual return. 

A decision about fall instruction for Portland State is still pending and will be announced by June 30. As announced on April 9, all Summer Session classes will be taught remotely.

As a reminder, here are the basics regarding limited campus operations under Phase 1: 

  • Departments will carefully prioritize any work that needs to return to campus and should notify facilities of the spaces that will be occupied and share training with all staff about new public health measures. 
  • All campus buildings remain locked and accessible only with a PSU ID card. 
  • PSU requires that any person on campus must wear a face covering while indoors in public or shared spaces. (Details on face covering requirement and availability here.) The Phase 1 approval by the governor also comes with a mandate that face coverings will be required for all indoor public spaces across Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County effective Wednesday, June 24.
  • Everyone on campus must adhere to PSU’s Physical Distancing Policy. This will look different in different areas of campus. New signage will serve as guideposts.
  • Custodial services are resuming in building common areas, and best practices are being implemented for building water, heating and cooling systems to support healthy air and water quality.
  • Research and creative activities on campus are resuming in a limited fashion. For research or creative work operations, please work with your Chair or director to request approval. Rolling deadlines for review of requests will occur through the summer. Details on those policies are available on the Research and Graduate Studies website
  • At this phase of reopening, PSU’s employee travel policy remains limited. Only essential, domestic travel is allowed if it does not involve air travel. Non-essential domestic and all international travel remains suspended.

Additional information about getting to campus and what businesses are open and closed are available on the Return to Campus website

The bottom line: If you are unwell or are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, please stay home and help us keep our community safe. All of our decisions about the phased reopening of campus are guided by the importance of the health and well being of everyone at PSU. 

As always, if you have questions about the return to campus, please send them to coronavirusresponse@pdx.edu
 


Managing PSU's Response

At PSU, our Incident Management Team representing all sectors of campus is leading our efforts to coordinate preparedness, response, communications and contingencies in case the virus spreads to Portland. Members of the IMT are trained in planning and response to any potential health or safety threat to our PSU community. 

Important links

Previous campus communications