Office of the Dean of Students COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
Update March 23, 11:30 a.m.: Oregon Governor Kate Brown calls for Oregonians to stay home, closing specific retail businesses and requiring social distancing in most cases. The executive order took immediate effect on March 23, 2020. We are currently reviewing information on this page to ensure it is consistent with the order.
In order to promote social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) and LGBT Education and Support Services (LGBTESS) is currently operating with reduced staffing levels and has transitioned to offering services remotely. Thank you for your understanding and patience as together we work to sustain the health and well-being of our campus community.
We are committed to maintaining high levels of support and resources for our students. During this time, the LGBTESS and Dean of Students staff will continue to check and respond to voicemails and emails. The LGBTESS will also continue to offer resource navigation and support remotely, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. To reach the coordinator of the LGBT Education and Support Services, call 541-346-6105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance. To reach the Dean of Students crisis team, call 541-346-3216.
Refer to the site below for official updates regarding the University of Oregon’s response to COVID-19, including frequently asked questions.
Community Support and Resources
As our community prepares and responds to the COVID-19, we acknowledge students with minoritized identities may be impacted by resource insecurity and barriers to access or support. If you are experiencing impacts to your basic needs including housing, finances, food, and healthcare, or if you are in need of assistance please reach out to the LGBTESS Coordinator (email@example.com) or call the Dean of Students Office (541-346-3216).
Following is a list of basic needs, crisis, and mutual aid resources:
- Basic Needs Blog: A resource for basic needs in Eugene and Lane County such as food security and housing security.
- LGBTQIA+ Emergency Fund: For LGBTQIA+ students who have encountered a situation involving unusual financial hardship caused by emergency or circumstances beyond the students’ control including housing or food insecurity, or other resource-based needs that threaten a student’s ability to remain enrolled and to successfully complete their degree.
- Food Security: Multiple food security initiatives are available at the UO and surrounding community.
- Dean of Students Crisis Drop-in: Dean of Students crisis response staff are offering drop-in hours remotely by phone at 541-346-3216.
- SAFE Hotline: Available 24/7 at 541-346-7233.
- University Counseling Center: After-hours support crisis line at 541-346-3227.
- White Bird Clinic: Crisis line available 24/7 at 541-687-4000.
- The Trevor Project: National organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. 24/7 hotline: 1-866-488-7386; 24/7 texting: text START to 678678.
- Trans Lifeline: A trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. 24/7 hotline: 877-565-8860.
- Crisis Text Hotline: Free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text “HOME” to 741741.
You are not alone. Our community is here to offer support during these times of uncertainty, and to create systems of community care, mutual aid, and advocacy for one another. Reach out for help, offer care to others, and remember to be gentle with yourself.
A Campus for All
The LGBT Education and Support Services team works to affirm the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, aromantic, and allied (LGBTQIA+) students, faculty, and staff by providing educational and supportive resources. Our campus has been recognized as the top college in Oregon for LGBTQ students by the Campus Pride Index.
We are dedicated to providing space for all University of Oregon community members to explore their understanding of sexual/romantic orientation, gender, gender expression, and intersections of identities. We look forward to being in community with you.
LGBTESS offers programs that are designed to educate people about the truth and diversity of the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Through ally training and panel discussions, we provide opportunities to share stories and ask questions in a way that fosters understanding, appreciation, and respect. Presentations are also available upon request.
Our student-driven outreach teams engage and empower LGBTQIA+ current and prospective students. Whether organizing events, being involved in campus organizations, or taking part in educational panels, our student employees and volunteers connect with the greater campus community, sharing resources to support students’ well-being and academic success.
In addition to our programs and services, there are organizations on and off campus, all focused on promoting awareness, education, support, and appreciation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer issues.
There's a reason we've been recognized nationally as one of the best colleges for LGBTQIA+ students. From gender equity housing options to inclusive medical and mental health care, the UO is dedicated to creating an environment of respect and encouragement for all of our students.
Support is available through scholarships that are based on both merit and need. Students are also invited to apply for LGBTESS-sponsored trips to conferences.
For students who are currently in or hoping to begin the process of transitioning while attending the UO, the university offers a variety of resources and services.
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Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) has a support group for members of the LGBTQIA+ community (18+) who have experienced any form of sexual violence in the past or present. SASS services are always free. http://sass-lane.org/
SASS's LGBTQIA+ Support Group
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 5-6:30 p.m.
For any self-identified members of the queer community age 18+ who have experienced sexual violence.
Drop in. No registration needed. SASS services are always free.
LGBT Education and Support Services
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Office of the Dean of Students
Oregon Hall, Suite 380
*Hours are subject to change.
Please contact the coordinator for updated hours.
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