Overnight/Residential Program FAQs

Complete Checklist

  • Complete overnight/residential program application
  • Submit letter of recommendation
  • Complete parent/guardian/emergency contact informed consent waiver
  • Complete Physics & Human Physiology rock wall waiver (if registered for program)
  • Inform SAIL office coordinator Christina Turchetto, at sailstaff@uoregon.edu, of your confirmation to attend and your transportation plans to and from campus (transportation plans must be shared by Monday, July 1, 2024.)

Frequently Asked Questions

When and Where Are Summer Programs?

The Residential Program is only being offered one week this summer:

Residence Hall Address
Unthank Hall
1451 Agate Street
Eugene, OR 97403

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How Can I Contact SAIL?

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What Do I Need to Know About Parking & Transportation?

Things to know if traveling to UO campus from outside of the Eugene area:

  • SAIL does NOT provide parking or transportation to and from programs. Please plan to drop off and pick up your student at designated times and locations.
  • There is NO overnight parking available
  • If transportation is a barrier and you are traveling from Portland, Tualatin, Woodburn, Salem or Albany, we suggest taking the Amtrak BUS that travels directly to and from the UO Campus (EUO) and tickets are purchased through Amtrak. If traveling from Corvallis, we suggest the FLiXBUS that travels to and from the UO Campus.
  • Notify office coordinator Christina Turchetto so that she is aware of your travel plans as soon as possible to hold your spot in the program. Christina can be reached at 541-346-4668 or sailstaff@uoregon.edu
  • If arriving by car, and you would like to park for a duration, the university has hourly pay-to-park areas located around campus at a rate of $2.00 per hour. The 13th Ave Garage, 1355 Columbia St, located beneath the Ford Alumni Center, is accessed from 13th Ave, and is the easiest place for visitors to find parking close to Unthank Hall. Only credit card payments are accepted at the garage exit, but the garage has centrally located kiosks which accept cash and credit cards. More hourly Pay-To-Park areas along the street, can be found on E 15th Ave, Agate St, and E 13th Ave. Payment can be made at conveniently located kiosks which accept Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, U.S. bills, and quarters. Payment can also be made with a mobile device through the AMP App or right from the AMP website
  • Pull up/Drop off is also available along Agate Street, outside of Unthank Hall, 1451 Agate St, Eugene, 97403

Access Detailed Campus Hourly Parking Info

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When and Where Is Check In and Check Out?

  • Check In is Sunday, July 14, between 3 and 4:45 p.m. in front of Unthank Hall, north side.
  • Check Out is on Friday July 19, between 4 and 5 p.m. in front of Unthank Hall, north side.
  • An Open House will be held on the 2nd floor of Unthank Hall during check out, 4 - 5 p.m.  We invite families to come learn about what your student experienced during their week at SAIL.
  • If you ever have trouble finding the location, please call our office main phone number: 541-346-4668.

Residence Hall Address
Unthank Hall
1451 Agate Street
Eugene, OR 97403

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What Is a Typical Day with SAIL?

The schedules of each SAIL program may vary daily and include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Residential students wake up at 7 a.m. Day programs begin promptly at 9 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. Students will have free time before dinner and evening programs which culminate at 8:30 p.m. and lights out by 10 p.m.

Throughout the week day, your student can expect to engage in learning sessions, such as:

  • Faculty presentations
  • College and career readiness
  • Personal and cultural immersion
  • Classroom and lab demonstrations and visitations
  • Campus tours
  • Dining hall experiences
  • Games, field trips and special events

Evening Program Activities may include:

  • Music/Dance
  • Community Building
  • Campus Exploration
  • Night at the Student Recreation Center
  • Career Networking with Local Professionals

Who Are the SAIL Employees?

In addition to our Director and Administrative staff, SAIL prides ourselves on our college student employees. SAIL student employees are positive, diverse, and highly motivated college students, and/or recent SAIL alumni, who bring enthusiasm and a breadth of life experiences to the SAIL programs. College employees play an active part in each student’s life as positive role models. All college employees are selected from a competitive field of applicants and have cleared criminal background checks as well as a youth protection course. All SAIL staff are mandatory reporters.

College employees are CPR and First Aid certified and complete a thorough training program covering program philosophy, developmental needs of student participants, risk and behavior management,game and sport facilitation, and emergency procedures. Most importantly, college employees make it their mission to create a fun, safe, inclusive, and memorable experience for every SAIL student!

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What Are the Student Expectations, Policies, & Behavior Management?

SAIL is committed to ensuring that YOU, the student, feel safe during your experience at SAIL. The program has developed expectations that will be enforced throughout SAIL programs, which will allow SAIL to provide you with the best experience possible.

The University of Oregon affirms and actively promotes the right of all individuals to equal opportunity in education and employment at this institution without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, this includes all protected characteristics from discrimination under Oregon law, ORS 659A.030. inclusive environment and non-discrimination policies. If parents/guardians or youth are uncomfortable with these policies, they may choose to limit their own participation.

University Code of Conduct

As a university-sponsored program, we (employees) and you (parents/guardians and student participants) are bound by the University CODE OF CONDUCT. Under this code, the University of Oregon may initiate disciplinary action and sanctions imposed against any student found guilty of committing, attempting to commit, or intentionally assisting in the commission of any of the following prohibited forms of conduct:

  • Damage, destruction, theft, or unauthorized use of personal property located on the university campus or property owned or controlled by the University.
  • Illegal use, possession, or furnishing of dangerous or narcotic drugs on university owned or controlled property or at university sponsored or supervised activities.
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by anyone less than 21 years of age of furnishing of alcoholic beverages to persons less than 21 years, on university owned or controlled property or at university sponsored or supervised activities.
  • Tampering with fire-fighting equipment, turning on a false alarm, or engaging in behavior that constitutes a significant fire hazard.
  • Hanging or climbing on or through windows, roofs, and ledges.

Student Expectations

  • Respect privacy, diversity, and opinions that differ from your own
  • No use of electronics, including NO CELL PHONES during programs – unless it is a designated time
  • No swearing and other foul language
  • No bullying (physical, verbal, and aggressive behavior, etc.)
  • No racial or gender discrimination
  • No smoking
  • No Skateboards on campus
  • Help keep our campus clean. Picking up trash and equipment is everyone’s responsibility.
  • Communicate with your SAIL Counselors if need something
  • Follow Dress Code
  • Always be on time and give your full attention to the instructor(s) volunteers – no cell phones during faculty sessions
  • No PDA – use fist bumps, high-fives
  • Always stay with your group and within established boundaries

Additional Student Expectations for Residential Program:

  • Students must remain in established boundaries set by SAIL Program on UO Campus
  • Students are not allowed on dorm floors other than the one that they are assigned to
  • Students are required to sleep in their assigned room
  • Students are expected to be in their dorm room by 10 PM every night
  • Students are not allowed to leave the residence hall at any time after 10 PM

Cell Phone Policy

Students are not allowed to use their cell phones during the program. Due to the level of engagement we foster at SAIL and out of respect for faculty and volunteering their time, we will not allow the distraction of cell phones. Not only can cell phone use be a distraction, but it can also lead to unwarranted cyber-bullying. We respect the fact that this may be a difficult challenge for both parents/guardians and students, however, we believe in the benefits of a no cell phone policy. We would like our SAIL students to focus on building relationships with new peers rather than isolating themselves on electronic devices. If you have an urgent need to get ahold of your student, you may contact our SAIL office phone number, 541-346-4668, and we will get a message to your student and/or have them return your call.

Residential Students will check their phones in on Sunday and will have designated times during the week when they will be able to access their phones. Those times will be Sunday through Thursday evenings from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. If you have an urgent need to get ahold of your student, you may contact our SAIL office phone number, 541-346-4668, and we will get a message to your student and/or have them return your call.

Dress Code Policy

Student participant attire adds to the success of our student learning environment. Students need comfortable clothing that is functional for warm days and cool classrooms. Comfortable walking shoes are important as we walk around the UO campus a great deal. Sandals and flip-flops are not recommended. Programs that include time in labs will require closed-toed shoes.

Clothing that is not permitted includes:

  • See-through garments
  • Tops that expose cleavage or torso
  • Shorts/skirts that do not cover undergarments
  • Clothing/accessories that could be considered offensive
  • Degrading or controversial designs

Behavior Management Policies

The SAIL program is committed to ensuring each student has a positive, safe, and enjoyable experience at SAIL for developing social skills and learning. The misbehavior of one student, or a group of students, should not be allowed to negatively impact the experience of others. The SAIL program staff makes every effort to help students understand clear definitions and expectations of acceptable and unacceptable behavior. We respond to misbehavior and conflicts consistently and appropriately with a zero-tolerance for violence, bullying, and unsafe behaviors. SAIL reserves the right to conduct a room check in the event of wellness, security and/or safety concerns. Depending on the misconduct, parents/guardians will be required to pick up your student immediately. Please refer to the SAIL Behavior/Incident Flowchart for Additional information about behavior management within our program.

Examples of behaviors which will result in immediate dismissal include, but are not limited to:

  • Anything that endangers the health and safety of students and/or employees
  • Possession or use of illegal drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes
  • Possession of firearms, weapons, explosives, etc.
  • Intentional destruction of property or theft
  • Leaving established program boundaries or UO property without permission
  • Engaging in physical altercations

For life threatening emergencies, SAIL staff calls 911 and then immediately contacts the SAIL admin.

Concerning Behavior

Disruptive, lying, repeated ignoring of staff request, disrespectful to staff/faculty/other students.



    • Employee will have a conversation with student and give verbal warning
    • Reiterate expectations and whybehavior is not appropriate




    • Repeat steps of first incident and notify student that next offense may result in being sent home
    • Inform lead staff
    • Complete accident/incident form


    • Contact admin on duty
    • Family will be contacted and notified if student is being sent home from program
    • Admin on duty will review report with family at pick-up


Unsafe Behavior

May include but is not limited to not following policies/expectations, bullying, threatening, intentionally hurting oneself or others, leaving program areas, purposefully damaging equipment or property, incidents that threaten the safety and livelihood of program participants and staff, theft, and any discrimination or harassment. Behavior may result in immediate dismissal.



    • Inform admin on duty for additional support
    • Program manager will notify the executive director of behavior
    • Complete incident form
    • Admin on duty will notify family as deemed appropriate. SAIL team will decide if student is able to return the following day. If so, program manager will speak with family and student about expectations.


    • Immediately repeat first step (including informing executive director)
    • Program manager will immediately contact family, and student will be sent home
    • Student will not be able to return to program

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What if My Student Takes Medication and/or Supplements?

We encourage students to bring only the medications and/or supplements required to be taken during specified program hours. All medications/supplements must be turned in to our SAIL employees during check-in. Provide written permission to administer the medication, including dosing instructions. All medication/supplements must be in the original container with the student's name, the dose, the expiration date, and the medication name. Over-the-counter medications can be administered under the same conditions. Medication/supplements will be stored safely with SAIL employees. The only exceptions to turning in medications will be inhalers and Epi-Pens. All others will need to have prior authorization from the SAIL director. We disburse medications at 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily unless otherwise specified by the parent/guardian and student.

Insulin Shots: For medical and safety reasons, SAIL employees will not administer insulin shots or medications requiring similar procedures unless the student is unresponsive. We will work with you and your student’s medical providers to explore other reasonable accommodations.

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What if My Student Has Allergies

Please provide SAIL employees with written instructions stating what the allergy is, what level of exposure prompts a reaction, and which symptoms prompt which response, including the plan of action if your student is exposed to the allergen. SAIL employees go over this with you prior to the first day of SAIL.

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What if My Student Becomes Sick or Injured?

If your student becomes ill or severely injured at SAIL, a SAIL employee member will make every attempt to contact a parent/guardian or emergency contact. We will take all necessary precautions to ensure your student receives proper medical attention, including hospital transportation via ambulance if necessary.

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Are Visitors Allowed?

We do not allow drop-in visitors at SAIL. The only exception is Friday afternoon during specified times when we invite parents/guardians to attend and celebrate with us. We will give you advance notice of such occurrences. If you would like to visit your student during program hours, please plan arrangements with our Executive Director.


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How Are Room Assignments Determined?

Each student will be assigned a roommate based on gender identity. Between SAIL Day Counselors, Resident Assistants and Night Managers, we will have employees on duty around the clock and living on each floor, available in case of emergency. Showers and restrooms are located in each room at Unthank Hall.

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What Should Participants Bring?

Each student will receive a room key and a meal card. NOTE: Resident Hall will include sheets, pillows, a light blanket, a bath towel, shampoo/conditioner, and body wash. Be sure to label all personal items

Participants should bring:

  • Personal items: toothbrush, soap, washcloth, toiletries, etc.
  • Any required medications/supplements
    • During Sunday check-in, SAIL employees will collect and safely house student medication/supplements.
    • Please review medication specifics for more info.
  • Any special bedding
  • Clothes for 5 days (include active wear, socks, underwear, long pants — only for science labs — and closed-toed shoes)
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes (science labs will require closed-toed shoes)
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Flip flops for shower, "if desired"
  • Watch and/or alarm clock
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Mini Room Fan (optional)
  • Bring cell phone & charger ONLY for use during designated times see the  "No Cell Phone Policy" above. Cell phones will be secured in a storage room during the program
  • Small amount of spending money for souvenirs

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What Should Participants NOT Bring?

  • Electronic devices, mp3 players, electronic games, or other electronics
  • Jewelry or other valuable items due to safety and security issues
  • Fireworks, matches, lighters, pipes, candles, hot plates
  • Cigarettes, vapes, marijuana, alcohol, or drugs of any kind
  • Knives, utility tools, weapons of any kind
  • Pets
  • Hoverboards, bikes, skateboards

Note: UO is smoke free campus with limited smoking areas. Students will not have access during SAIL.

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How Does SAIL Handle Homesickness?

Our goal is for every student to feel safe and welcome and to enjoy their time at SAIL. Every session at SAIL will have both new and returning attendees. We have built our reputation on fostering a strong, supportive, and caring environment for our students by paying careful attention to each young person’s emotional experience. Our “family” philosophy brings students from diverse backgrounds together and facilitates lasting friendships.

Homesickness is always possible. It is our goal to work through homesickness by keeping students involved and supported. Homesickness typically fades quickly, but if it persists, our employees may decide to call you to consult about what course of action you would like us to pursue. In most cases, talking with family intensifies these feelings and hinders student growth towards independence. We will always do our best to overcome homesickness with empathy and attention.

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Are There Laundry Facilities?

Laundry is free for students and machines are available in resident halls on each floor.

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What if My Student Has Lost Something?

If you are missing something, please call the SAIL office at 541-346-4668 and see if we have found it. SAIL is not responsible for items which are lost, stolen, or damaged. Please do not bring items that cannot be easily replaced or that you consider to be expensive.

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How Can I Stay Connected with SAIL?

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