Your chance to give input on UO’s re-opening plans

Update: This survey will close at midnight Wed June 10.

The UO administration isn’t going to do this, and few people would trust them to accurately report the results if they did. So this survey comes from UO Professor Melissa Graboyes. with the support of United Academics. Here’s more info and a link to the survey, which has skip logic for faculty, staff, students etc.

Please note that currently it is only for UO community members.

Dear Colleague,

We are writing to encourage you to participate in an anonymous 15-minute survey to gather opinions about the university’s plans to open for in-person, on-campus instruction in fall term. Currently, no one has a good idea of the range of views that exist on campus, and that puts us all in a weaker position in identifying concerns across different groups of people. Collecting this information will allow us to prepare to address the range of opinions and concerns people have and better advocate for safe fall plans. We hope that you will consider joining us in this important effort.

SURVEY: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0dlhPwHH61Ih72R

All of the unions on campus—United Academics, SEIU, and the GTTF—are participating in this effort, and the survey has questions specific to students, staff, and faculty. Everyone participating in this surveying project is committed to getting input from as large and as diverse of a population across the UO as possible. The only way we can do that is by getting participation from people like you. Because this is an effort targeted at the UO, we ask that you don’t share the survey outside of the UO community.

This is an independent surveying effort, outside of the UO central administration, organized by Professor Melissa Graboyes with the support of United Academics. Participation is entirely voluntary and all viewpoints are welcome. Responses are anonymous and no personal information such as email address, name, IP address, or geo-location is being collected. The results will be publicly shared no later than June 15. The project has been reviewed and determined to be Exempt by the UO’s Institutional Review Board. Questions can be directed to: graboyes@uoregon.edu and more information about the survey is available at: https://www.coronaviruschronicles.com/uo-survey

Thank you for your participation,

UA Executive Council

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15 Responses to Your chance to give input on UO’s re-opening plans

  1. It's classified. says:

    It is after June 15th, has anyone seen any sign of the results from this survey?

  2. AnotherClassified says:

    1st student Covid19 of a UO student reported. See UO announcement.

  3. Marc says:

    I made the mistake of answering the first question honestly (am not a member of the Community): really, really I just wanted to read the thing. I’ll check back in to see the results.

  4. XDH says:

    A number (10+) of a research-active professors at a lunchtime Zoom meeting today discussed and all agreed that this survey based on its questions/proposed answers is set up to arrive at one definitive conclusion – oh hell no we should not have in-person classes/contact in the fall. Sorry, but this survey is insufficient… An independent third party (regardless of union or UO Admin) needs to be used to conduct an unbiased, not predetermined survey.

    • uomatters says:

      And yet you and your anonymous friends who lunch have not written such a survey. If you ever do let me know, I’ll be happy to post a link. In fact I’ll even give you the email list of UO employees, if Kevin Reed’s Public Records Office ever provides it. There are many things in this world that need improvement, and people’s decisions about which to criticize and which to ignore are always interesting.

    • Dog says:

      to some extent I believe that the State of Oregon may act as
      this third party. If K12 is closed, I think Universities will follow.

    • Environmental necessity says:

      The survey is imperfect, sure, and maybe is aimed to gather views that might push against current plans to reopen.

      So what? It is more data gathering than we got from admin and if the result of this flawed survey is a more thoughtful set of plans for the fall, the harm is what exactly?

      And feel free to get your buddies together on Zoom and design your own survey to support whatever conclusion you think more appropriate (or pretend your survey is neutral). Might even learn something about survey design in comparing the two.

      • Anonymous says:

        I was asked to review the questionnaire by the author during the design phase, in part because I have an expertise in survey writing and in part because I do want to have an open campus in the fall. I thought it was an acceptable compromise. Like UOM says, if you can do better, then start drafting. It’s pretty easy with Qualtrics.

        The bottom line is that, if you feel the same way I do, there are plenty of ways to make it clear in your responses.

        • Dog says:

          biased surveys don’t really belong in academia and neither to leading questions that play into that bias; I have no agenda on whether to open campus or not – I leave that up to the State of Oregon

  5. Anonymous OA says:

    FYI, this has not made the rounds with OAs. I learned about it by happenstance from a faculty colleague.

  6. Environmental necessity says:

    I think it pretty telling that this effort had to be produced independently of the institution and with the assistance of UO unions.

    The message to this point from administration has been: “we are all in this together, but shut up while we make all the decisions.”

  7. AnotherClassified says:

    I completed the survey and encourage others to do likewise. Allegedly, admin will offer “their” survey to Classified staff this summer. It will be interesting to compare the two.

  8. New Year Cat says:

    Thank you for this.

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