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Reopening for Fall 2020

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We know that in-person education is what we do best and provides the greatest benefit to our students. Lewis & Clark is committed to fulfilling its educational mission while keeping the community safe.

To achieve and maintain this balance, we need the cooperation of all community members. In the pages, links, and answers below, you will find key information on a range of topics relevant to our reopening for the fall semester.

Our approaches follow the guidance from the Office of Governor Kate Brown JD ’85, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All students, staff, faculty, and community members should follow the Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on COVID-19 at all times.

We will continue to update this site as new information becomes available. So please bookmark this page and check back in regularly.


Health and Safety Expectations for All Community Members

The strength of our community is one of our biggest assets, especially now when taking care of one another is more important than ever. Read our institutional expectations



We are excited to have you with us this fall.

All students are expected to review and comply with all information contained under the Health and Safety Expectations for All Community Members tab above.

Students are also expected to review Mitigating Exposure to COVID-19: Instructions for Students Preparing to Arrive on Campus. These instructions explain our expectation that all students —undergraduate, graduate and law students — will limit social contacts and exposure to others, especially those outside of your immediate social unit (e.g., your household, family), for the two weeks prior to your arrival in order to reduce the likelihood of bringing the virus to campus.

Additional requirements and steps will apply to residential students. Students in our residence halls will be asked to attest that they have completed two weeks of self isolation and that they are free of COVID-related symptoms, or show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. More information about these requirements for residential students can be found here.

Information about student health insurance can be found here.

Finally, information from each campus about the classroom experience, the academic calendar, and similar matters can be found below:



Thank you for all that each of you has done to sustain the mission of the college through this unprecedented moment in history. The year ahead will no doubt be deeply challenging, but we are confident in our people and our ability to navigate this time, and lead our students through it successfully. We will continue to take the public health measures in place since March, and we will introduce new measures.

All employees are expected to review and comply with all information contained under the Health and Safety Expectations for All Community Members tab above.

In addition, please review the employee-specific information found here.


Public Access to Campus

Per the Governor’s Executive Order, campus spaces and buildings will be closed to the general public until applicable state restrictions are lifted. Libraries and recreation facilities that are ordinarily available to the public will be limited to members of the Lewis & Clark community only. Please review our Interim Policy Regarding Campus Visitors Policy During COVID-19 Pandemic for more detail. We look forward to welcoming you at a later time.

Campus Tours

Campus tours for prospective undergraduate students and families will be available on a limited basis. Tours will not enter residence halls, will be largely outdoors, will be kept to small groups, and face coverings will be required. Please contact our Admissions offices: College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, Law School.


Watzek Library and Boley Law Library are closed to members of the public until further notice. Only current students, faculty, and staff will be permitted to enter College libraries.



We continue to host virtual events aimed at keeping you connected to your L&C Community. Visit our CAS virtual events page, our law school’s virtual events page, and our graduate school’s Center for Community Engagement for more information. We look forward to seeing you soon.