School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 364-8733
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Graduate Protocol for Class, Lab and Clinical


As of December 8, 2021: Students must follow the SON COVID Protocol and take the actions stipulated by the SON COVID Response Team ( in order for any missed course or clinical work to be an excused absence. Failure to comply will result in unexcused absence, reduction in grades and/or course failure. This may negatively impact a student's ability to progress in the nursing program.


Last Revised: February 1, 2022

The health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and clinical partners is our highest priority as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, students, faculty and staff are responsible for following protocols that will protect themselves and others.  Therefore, it is critical to adhere to the current University health protocol to prevent the virus from spreading. This protocol is based on recommendations from the Oakland County Health Department and the CDC. Please review the “Return to Campus” section on the OU Website for more details. Please realize that additional safety protocols might be mandated by the clinical agencies you are working with for your clinicals. It is an expectation that you adhere to these protocols as well.

In order to create a safe and healthy culture in the SON, faculty will not penalize students if they are absent from classes, labs, and/or clinicals due to COVID-19 related symptoms and/or the need to self-isolate because of a COVID-19 related exposure.  If there is an absence, you must notify the course Faculty of Record (FOR) and they will advise you on alternative learning experiences to meet course objectives. At this time, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) clinicals cannot be substituted with virtual assignments, so clinical hours will need to be arranged with the faculty and assignments will be based on space availability.  

If you think you have been exposed to COVID or have symptoms of COVID, contact to arrange for a COVID PCR test as directed by SONCOVID/GHC. This is the on-campus testing center: however, you may get a PCR at the site of your choosing.  

OU COVID-19 Screening Process

PRIOR to coming to campus or to the clinical setting for any face-to-face activities, you must complete the OU Student Daily Health Screening Form by logging into MySAIL. It is expected that you will complete this screening form before leaving home and that you will answer all questions honestly and accurately. As health care professional students, it is your responsibility to protect yourself and others by providing truthful information. This screening form is monitored by Graham Health Center (GHC) and they will follow up with you as needed based on your responses to the questions. This form must also be completed if you are not attending class or clinical due to symptoms or exposure.

  • NOTE: If you answer 'yes' to any of the questions on the screening tool and do not receive a green light, you cannot come into campus buildings or clinical agencies. 


  • You may be asked to show proof of completing the Student Daily Health Screening form by showing your phone with the green “go” banner or confirmation email to your faculty and/or lab staff at the beginning of each face-to-face class, lab, simulation, or clinical.


  • NOTE: A known exposure is defined as un-masked, close contact (less than 6 feet) for greater than 15 minutes in a 24-hour time period with an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or suspected case awaiting test results. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, but were wearing proper PPE (a N95 or procedure mask and, if the source was not wearing a face covering, a eye protection) at the time, then it is not considered an exposure. 


  • If you are not sure if your experience constitutes an exposure, contact or They will follow up with you.






The school of nursing and SONCOVID are in charge of all COVID related illness. SONCOVID will be the ones who will ultimately clear you for your return to campus, class, labs and clinicals. The SON has to consider all of our care partner rules and requirements in making our decisions. All policy recommendations will be updated as more information becomes available and conditions warrant.



FULLY VACCINATED: you are fully vaccinated if you have completed the full Pfizer/Moderna 2 shot series or completed the single dose of Johnson/Johnson.

UP TO DATE: You are considered up to date if, after you have completed any of the above series AND you have received a BOOSTER dose (if you are eligible).

UNVACCINATED: You are considered unvaccinated if you have not completed one of the above series OR you have NOT received your booster.

BOOSTER: You are eligible for a booster 5 months after you have completed the Pfizer/Moderna series or 2 months after completing the Johnson/Johnson shot.








ALL people who test positive will isolate for 10 full days regardless of vaccination status. Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms begin or the day after your test sample was collected. Isolate at home for the full 10 days. During this time, you will NOT be allowed to attend any OU in person activity including, class, labs, campus or clinicals. Notify all your faculty of your time-frame. They will give you makeup assignments and further directions. If you meet the criteria given you, you will be able to return on day 11.


Notify GHC of all positive test results and upload results to their portal.


SONCOVID will follow you throughout the process and will give you a specific isolation timeframe with specific dates to follow. It is the student’s responsibility to notify all faculty about the timeframe.   









**You will be in quarantine if you are NOT fully vaccinated OR you have NOT received a booster when eligible. See definitions above.

**You will be quarantined at home for at least 5 full days following exposure.

**Day 1 is the first full day after exposure.

**Wear a mask around others and monitor for symptoms (sore throat, congestion, runny/stuffy nose, cough, loss of taste/smell, headache, body aches, fever, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea) for 10 full days.

**If you develop ANY SYMPTOMS during this time, get a PCR test, stay home and notify SONCOVID/GHC.

**If you remain asymptomatic, get a PCR on day 5 after exposure. Send the results to SONCOVID and upload to GHC portal. Further directions will follow at that time. Your return to in person OU activities will be determined at that time. 

**Return to clinical may be dictated by the site. They may require a different time frame. SONCOVID will give you directions.




**If you are fully vaccinated AND BOOSTERED (if eligible) NO quarantine is needed.

**If you have had COVID in the last 90 days (positive with a viral test), are fully recovered and asymptomatic, NO quarantine is needed.


**Wear a well fitting mask around others for 10 full days.

**Monitor for symptoms (sore throat, congestion, runny/stuffy nose, cough, loss of taste/smell, headache, body aches, fever, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea) for 10 full days.

**If you develop ANY symptoms during this time, get a COVID PCR, stay home, notify SONCOVID/GHC. Send a copy of your PCR to SONCOVID and upload to GHC portal.

**If you remain symptom free, get a PCR on day 5. Send results to SONCOVID

**If positive, stay home and notify SONCOVID/GHC

** Return to clinical may be dictated by the site. They may require a different time frame. SONCOVID will give you directions





**If you live with a positive person, who has tested positive in the previous 7 days, you MAY NOT ATTEND clinical. More directions will follow as pertaining to each individual situation. Notify SONCOVID immediately for directions.

**You must answer the site screening tool honestly and follow site rules for attendance. The above rules are for OU class and lab. Each clinical site has specific guidelines that must be followed.

**Failure to honestly answer the clinical site screening tool, will result in disciplinary action.




Steps to Follow with a COVID-19 Related Absence

If you received a red light when completing the OU Student Daily Health Screening Form or if you think you have been exposed to COVID, then you are NOT to attend clinical or come to campus. Please read and follow the steps below: 


  • Failure to complete the SON Student COVID Exposure Form may result in an unexcused absence and may also result in a delay for you to return to campus and/or clinical.
  • Here is the link to the SONCOVID exposure form:


  • Also, notify your course FOR and your clinical faculty (if a clinical course) immediately in writing via email. They will guide you with further directions.
  • If you are scheduled for any in person lab notify your faculty of the situation. They will guide you.
  • After receiving your email and the completed OU SON Student COVID Exposure Form, GHC and/or the SON will follow up with you with instructions you need to follow regarding quarantine and testing and will also provide you with COVID-related resources. 


Return to Campus or Clinical

  • Graham Health Center (GHC) and the SON are following current CDC guidelines to indicate when students who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to campus and/or clinical. The SON must also adhere to all clinical site requirements.
  • Students who are in clinical may need to quarantine for a longer period of time and provide additional documentation to return to that particular clinical site; these requirements are determined by the clinical site.

Students Working in the Healthcare Field

Students who had prolonged* close contact** with a patient, visitor, or HCP with confirmed COVID-19 (includes students working with patients with COVID-19)

*Prolonged contact is considered exposure for 15 minutes or more, being within 6 feet or less OR any amount of time if exposure occurred during performance of an aerosol generating treatment (ex. Bronchoscopy, intubation, open suctioning, breathing treatments, etc.)  

  • Students who are ill should not return to in-person classes or clinical sites until they are cleared by SONCOVID
  • Contact GHC/SONCOVID with any questions