Grizzlies Together Again

Grizzlies Together Again reflects the excitement of campus community members and supporters for a return to normalcy and pre-pandemic atmosphere on campus. Oakland University will continue to place the highest priority on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the patience and cooperation of students, faculty and staff will go to great lengths to ensure that this effort continues to be successful. With caution, care for each other’s well being, and enthusiasm for all we can experience and accomplish together, the 2021-22 academic year promises to be an engaging and rewarding experience for all.

Honor Pledge: As a member of the OU community, it is my responsibility to enhance the health and safety of our campus. I therefore pledge to abide by the OU guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and to take measures to protect myself; to protect others; and to protect my community

  • If I am not fully vaccinated, I will wear my face-covering as per OU guidelines.
  • If I am not fully vaccinated, I will practice safe physical distancing wherever possible on campus.
  • I will practice good, infection-prevention hygiene as per OU guidelines.

COVID-19 Vaccination Strongly Recommended for All OU Community Members. Fully vaccinated individuals not required to wear masks on campus except in designated health care and K-12 education settings

Our Pledge to Faculty, Students and Staff
  • We are committed to keeping the OU community updated about the latest information and concerns about COVID-19.
  • We will respond quickly to COVID-19 related scenarios and adjust on-campus safety procedures to meet state pandemic requirements.
  • We will provide the best educational experience to all our students by offering online and in-class courses.
  • We will provide the highest level of safety prevention measures for courses taught in-person.
  • Every effort will be made to make sure OU’s faculty are given the resources and support to deliver quality educational experiences to students.
Infection Prevention Initiatives

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Cleaning schedules, materials, supplies and best practices – Detailed information can be found in the university's COVID Response Cleaning and Disinfecting Plan.

Provision of Personal Protective Equipment – Faculty and staff interested in acquiring departmental supplies should use the online requisition form.

Hand sanitizers – Hand sanitizers have been placed in various offices and public spaces throughout campus as an alternative to thorough hand washing when facilities to do so are not immediately available.

Air quality improvements – All campus buildings that are not currently being renovated or have been scheduled for renovation will have their air handling systems equipped with MERV 13 filters. This pleated filter utilizes an electrostatic charge to remove very fine particles from air, as well as potential allergens like mold, pet dander, bacteria particles that carry viruses such as COVID-19.

Infection prevention signage – Posters advising campus community members and visitors of infection prevention protocols expected to be followed are being distributed to offices, classroom buildings and public spaces across campus.

Your Responsibility
  • Honor Pledge – Campus community members are asked to help significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections by taking and abiding by the Honor Pledge.
  • Daily health screenings – Required of all campus community members and guests who plan to be on campus. Any individual on campus may be asked to verify completion of the daily health screening by displaying the green approval bar on their smartphone or other mobile device.
  • Masking
    • Not required outdoors
    • Not required indoors for fully vaccinated campus community members and guests
    • Mandatory inside any campus facility for faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated. Faculty and staff may be asked by supervisors or administrators about their vaccination status.
    • Expected inside any campus facility for students and campus guests who are not fully vaccinated. Compliance will be based on the honor system. Students and guests will not be asked about their vaccination status.
    • A limited supply of free masks remains available to students, faculty and staff and is available in Oakland Center Suite 151. Oakland University branded masks also remain available for purchase at the Barnes & Noble @ Oakland University Official Bookstore on the lower level of the Oakland Center.
  • Social Distancing
    • Not required outdoors
    • Not required indoors for fully vaccinated campus community members and guests
    • Mandatory wherever possible inside any campus facility for faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated. Faculty and staff may be asked by supervisors or administrators about their vaccination status.
    • Expected wherever possible inside any campus facility for students and campus guests who are not fully vaccinated. Compliance will be based on the honor system. Students and guests will not be asked about their vaccination status.
  • Vaccination requirement/encouragement – Every member of the OU community is strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated before the start of fall semester. All students living in residence halls, apartments and cottages must be vaccinated prior to fall move-in on Friday, August 27. Exceptions will be made for students who seek a religious or medical exemption.
  • Quarantine/isolation obligations – Campus community members and guests who are sick should not come to campus. Campus community members seeking direction on COVID-19 testing requirements and services should contact Graham Health CenterResident students who become sick should visit the Student Housing web section for additional information. Following a COVID illness or exclusion from work or class, campus community members are expected to contact Graham Health Center for direction on returning to campus based on CDC guidelines.
  • Business/academic travel – All COVID-19 related business and academic travel restrictions have been lifted. Faculty, staff and students who are traveling are strongly encouraged to follow the CDC's specific guidance for travelers. All campus community members and guests returning from travel are expected to observe quarantine/isolation guidelines noted above.
  • COVID-19 guidelines non-compliance – If non-compliant with adopted infection prevention measures, students will be referred to Dean of Students Office, and faculty and staff will be referred to Human Resources.
What to Expect
  • Normal (pre-pandemic) level of operations that preserves student course choice while increasing undergraduate face-to-face learning opportunities to nearly 80 percent.
  • Increase number of students living in on-campus resident halls and apartments to up to 80 percent.
  • Additional mental health services available to support students who may experience stress and anxiety.
  • For on-campus dining halls plans, please visit University Housing
  • Support services will be available in-person, virtually and a hybrid format.
  • Student-centered educational, social and recreational programs will resume in campus facilities.
  • Spectators will be permitted at athletic events as allowed by preventive health protocols and attendance restrictions.
  • In order to lower the risk of virus outbreaks on campus a BioButton screening tool will be available to be worn by faculty, staff, and students who will be on campus regularly. It provides additional information for health screening. The button will be used in conjunction with the daily health assessment to determine if you are able to participate in campus activities.The individual data will remain private to the wearer and is not shared with others.
  • Coordinating with local health departments on contact tracing for confirmed and suspected COVID 19 cases.
  • Procuring and distributing necessary personal protective equipment campuswide.