Oakland University

(location map)
(248) 370-2100

COVID-19 Campus Information

Last Updated January 5, 2022

As the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic persists in Michigan and across the globe, Oakland University is urging community members to respond to a heightened need for infection prevention measures.

Vaccines continue to offer the best protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death. As such, the university is strongly encouraging all vaccinated campus community members to obtain COVID-19 booster shots as soon as they become eligible. Boosters are available at Graham Health Center by appointment via the Secure Patient Portal.

Also, students, faculty and staff with approved exemptions to the university's vaccination mandate are asked to seriously consider the benefits of getting vaccinated.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to upload their vaccination verification information – including booster shot records as they are obtained – to Secure Patient Portal.

Finally, it is important to note that Oakland University remains open to provide access to on-campus services. The university asks that all campus community members and visitors continue to the multi-layered prevention strategy referenced in the "Your Responsibility" tab below.

Our Pledge to Faculty, Students and Staff

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
  • I will wear my face-covering as per OU guidelines.
  • I will be fully vaccinated as per OU guidelines
  • I will practice good, infection-prevention hygiene as per OU guidelines.

As a university:

  • 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

Cleaning schedules, materials, supplies and best practices – Surfaces that will be cleaned by custodial staff are the same as pre-COVID standards. Faculty and non-custodial staff will be responsible for cleaning their desktops and items on desk surfaces. Custodians will clean door hardware daily, but any additional cleaning should be performed by the room occupant.
Additional 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 are being distributed to offices, classroom buildings and public spaces across campus. Faculty and staff interested in viewing and requesting materials to post in their specific work areas can do so using the COVID-19 Response PPE Order Form.

Contact tracing – Graham Health Center will contact and interview campus community members with possible or confirmed exposure to the COVID-19 virus, as well as recommend infection prevention protocols as needed. Individuals identified as having close contact with individuals exposed to the virus will then be interviewed and provided guidance. The Oakland County Health Division will be notified of COVID-19 cases diagnosed at GHC. Additionally, GHC will collaborate with OCHD any time two or more confirmed, linked cases of COVID-19 infection are discovered, as well as any time a possible COVID-19 exposure occurs at a large event.

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

Visit our daily health screenings page for screening information. Required of all campus community members and guests, regardless of vaccination status, 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. 

If exposed or having symptoms, contact GHC and do not come to campus until cleared by GHC.  This may occur via phone, email, or patient portal.


Oakland University Indoor Face Covering Requirement

  • Except as specified in paragraph B and C below, all persons (faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors and guests) are required to wear a “face covering” as defined below while indoors in any property or facility owned or controlled by Oakland University.
  • Exceptions to face covering requirement. The requirement to wear a face covering indoors does not apply to individuals who:
    • Are younger than 2 years old
    • Have received an approved medical exemption from Oakland University, as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, from wearing a face covering through Oakland University processes (in which cases other remedial steps may be required); 
    • Are actively eating or drinking while stationary in an area designated by Oakland University for the consumption of food. Occasional sipping or snacking requires the individual to wear a face covering in between those periods when not actively eating or drinking.
    • Are alone in an office or cubicle;
    • Are swimming;
    • Are receiving a medical service at Graham Health Center for which removal of the face covering is necessary;
    • Are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;
    • Are communicating with someone who is deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing and whose ability to see the mouth is essential to communication, in which case alternatives such as a clear face coverings or other accommodations must also be explored;
    • Are actively engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel, in circumstances where wearing a face covering would seriously interfere in the performance of their public safety responsibilities;
    • Are speakers who (i) are not current University faculty, staff or students; (ii) are invited to campus to give a speech or make a presentation; (iii) comply with safety measures, which may include proof of vaccination, social distancing and/or other measures established by the University’s IPCC while giving the speech or making the presentation;and (iv) comply with these face covering requirements at all times before or after giving the speech or making the presentation. Under no circumstances will an unmasked speaker be less than 12 feet away from audience members.
    • Are demonstrating movement of the mouth, lips and or tongue while in the course of instruction (i.e. foreign language, linguistic classes);
    • Are participating in an activity which the Vice President Coronavirus Decision Team has provided an exception (i.e., MTD, Athletics and as approved under Paragraph F of this Policy);
    • Are vaccinated residents, or residents with approved vaccination exemptions, while in their assigned room, suite, or apartment. The door to their assigned space should remain closed while residents inside are unmasked.
    • Are actively engaged in being photographed, but only for the time necessary to take the photograph. When utilizing this exception, it is strongly recommended that the subjects be socially distanced.
  • These rules do not apply to private residences in Meadow Brook Subdivision and Sunset Terrace while being used as such by its residents and private guests.
  • An agreement between individuals participating in a meeting or gathering to remove fac coverings is not authorized, and violates this face covering requirement, regardless of the vaccination status of those participating.
  • A “face covering” is a tightly woven cloth or other multi-layer absorbent material that covers an individual’s mouth and nose securely so that it fits snugly across the face or a gaiter worn in accordance with applicable guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A face shield that does not provide containment of respiratory droplets from escaping is not a “face covering” under this policy.
  • Proposed Amendments to this Policy must be submitted to the Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”) through the chairperson of the EOC for discussion and, if approved by the EOC, will be forwarded to the Vice President Coronavirus Decision Team for final approval. The Chief of Staff may approve temporary exceptions to the Policy on an emergency basis.

Additional Notes

  • Not required outdoors
  • Compliance with this policy is mandatory for all campus community members and guests regardless of vaccination status or a previous COVID-19 illness and presence of virus antibodies in one's system.
  • Face shields alone ARE NOT acceptable face coverings and use of them alone fails to meet requirements of this policy.
  • 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 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 or who have an approved vaccination requirement exemption. 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 or who have an approved vaccination requirement exemption. Compliance will be based on the honor system. Students and guests will not be asked about their vaccination status.
  • Campus community members concerned about campus building maximum occupancies should contact Facilities Management for site specific information.
Vaccination requirement
  • All students, faculty and staff planning to be on campus at any time during the 2021-2022 academic year are required to be fully vaccinated.
  • The exemption process for students is reviewed by the Dean of Students office. More information for students can be found on the Dean of Students website. Please see the specific exemption forms for additional information.
Quarantine/isolation obligations
  • All campus community members and visitors who are sick are asked not to come to campus. Resident students who become sick should visit the Student Housing web section for additional information.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, campus community members diagnosed with a COVID-19 illness, exhibiting symptoms of such, or who have been exposed to the virus are expected to contact Graham Health Center for direction on quarantine or isolation measures that may be necessary based on CDC guidelines.
  • 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.
  • If exposed or having symptoms, contact GHC and do not come to campus until cleared by GHC.  This may occur via phone, email, or patient portal.
  • Regardless of COVID-19 vaccine status, individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 test at Graham Health Center or another testing site.
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.

Travel Information

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.

  • No university travel restrictions are in place.
  • Returning from travel for any purpose
    • For travel within the United States
      • Vaccinated individuals must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Those who develop symptoms must isolate and return to campus only after seeking direction from Graham Health Center.
      • The CDC recommends that unvaccinated individuals self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel and get a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
        1. Those who test negative should still self-quarantine for a full 7 days.
        2. Those who test positive should isolate and return to campus only after seeking direction from Graham Health Center.
        3. Those who choose not to get tested, regardless of vaccination status, should self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
      • All individuals returning from domestic travel, regardless of vaccination and testing status, should avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days.
    • For International Travel
      • Based on CDC guidelines, all air passengers returning to the United States are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.
      • Campus community members allowed to return to the United States should follow the same return guidelines the university has established for domestic travelers.
    • Required Business Travel
      • Absent any governmental restrictions, supervisors or department chairs may require travel to non-restricted areas the CDC declares safe, particularly if travel is necessary for the employee to perform essential job duties.

Strongly discouraged destinations for personal travel

(Based on Centers for Disease Control and U.S. State Department recommendations)

The University strongly discourages all campus community members from proceeding with personal travel plans to any area affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Those planning to return to campus from these areas are advised that the University is implementing an honor system for reporting such travel to Graham Health Center (GHC). This includes a mandatory health screening at GHC prior to taking part in any other campus activity and engaging in voluntary quarantine and/or self-isolation as deemed necessary by a primary care physician or GHC.

Additional international travel resources

The University strongly recommends review of travel.state.gov information and registering trips with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

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.