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Grizzlies Protect Grizzlies

President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz wearing a mask and holding a sign that says "We are here for you!"
Grizz Statue following the safety guidelines and wearing a mask for others protection.
Glenn Wearing a mask

The university is striving to maintain the highest level of safety in campus learning environments while providing high-quality and engaging educational experiences. To continue our success, we must rely on each other to uphold our collective effort called “Grizzlies Protect Grizzlies: Healthy Together.” Mutual trust, caring for each other, open communication and a clear expectation of the changes taking place in the classroom and on campus are enabling all of us to learn, live and thrive.

Flu Season Update

Campus community members are strongly encouraged to get flu shots
prior to the onset of the upcoming flu season, which is expected to
complicate community health challenges already posed by the COVID-19
pandemic. Several flu vaccine clinics are planned on campus this fall
and flu shots are available at Graham Health Center on weekdays during
regular business hours.

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 practice good hygiene as per OU guidelines.
  • I will practice safe physical distancing.
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.
Your Responsibility
  • Take Honor Pledge and perform a daily health assessment.
  • Make sure you are tested for COVID-19 before you arrive on campus, and whenever necessary. (This applies only to students residing in University Housing.)
  • Wear a face covering in any indoor public space regardless of proximity to others in that space, and in any outdoor public space when unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from others. Face coverings must cover the both the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the face around the nose and mouth. Per CDC guidelines, face shields may be worn as additional protection for users, but are not acceptable replacements for face coverings.
  • If you are sick, stay away from campus and report your physical symptoms.
  • If non-compliant with adopted containment measures, students will be referred to Dean of Students Office, and faculty and staff will be referred to Human Resources.
  • Employee daily health check prior to coming to campus
  • Student daily health check prior to coming to campus
  • Wash your hands often with soap and running water, and for the recommended 20 seconds each time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • To the extent possible, avoid high-touch surfaces and objects.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet apart to the full extent possible while in enclosed spaces
  • When on campus call, email, message or video conference as much as possible rather than meet face to face.
  • Following a COVID illness or exclusion from work, adhere to specific guidelines for return to work provided by Graham Health Center following CDC guidelines.
  • Handwashing Best Practices
  • Returning to Work Guidance
  • Returning to Work Following Illness or Exclusion
  • Daily Screening Process
What to Expect
  • The highest level of health standards, including cleaning/disinfection procedures based on CDC requirements.
  • A mandated prevention protocol, including wearing face coverings, social distancing and personal hygiene etiquette.
  • In order to lower the risk of virus outbreaks on campus a BioButton screening tool will be available. 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.1
  • Implementing a campuswide, daily health screening process
  • Reduced campus population.
  • Classrooms with fewer students where social distancing is enforced.
  • Residence halls with fewer residents and strict social distancing rules, including no outside campus visitors in halls.
  • Campus gatherings with restricted number of attendees based on whether event is indoors/ outdoors and capacity of venue
  • Coordinating with local health departments on contact tracing for confirmed and suspected COVID 19 cases
  • Establishing protocols for self-isolation, quarantine and return to campus following illness
  • Procuring and distributing necessary personal protective equipment campuswide
  • Implementing high quality, remote-learning experience in order to maintain reduced building and room occupancy levels on campus
  • Establishing alternative learning, work and living environments for at-risk community members
  • Restricting high-risk university activities such as air travel and large gatherings

Available and recommended to be worn by faculty, staff, and students who will be on campus regularly.

BioButton FAQs

Oakland University is invested in doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

Toward this end, we have created “Grizzlies Protect Grizzlies: Healthy Together,” a comprehensive plan for reopening campus this fall. This plan involves both mitigating the risk of the COVID-19 virus spreading in our community and also working to avoid a virus outbreak on campus. Reducing the spread of the virus is done through mandatory face coverings and ensuring the ability for proper social distancing on campus. One component of the plan to help avoid a campus outbreak is the strategic use of advanced technology as a means to protect our campus.

We spent months combing the field searching for ALL possible ways to protect our community. We identified the BioButton as the best possible tool to supplement the other measures identified in the Grizzlies Protect Grizzlies plan. Oakland University is among the first universities in the nation to utilize the cutting-edge technology. Buttons will be made available to the campus community in the near future.

Primary uses of BioButton
  1. It is an effective screening device to identify early symptoms of COVID-19 infections, including subtle increases in temperature, increases in respiratory rate, and other indicators of a potential early trends of an infectious disease process.
  2. It utilizes the latest technology to maximize the effectiveness of contact tracing, a key component in minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19 among our Grizzly students, faculty, and staff.
What is the BioButton?
A white button with a blue power button on it and two additional symbols.

The BioButton (BioIntelliSense) is a state-of-the art wearable device that is about the size of a quarter. It continuously measures temperature, respiratory rate and heart rate. Abnormalities in these vital signs can be an early signal that a person has been potentially infected with COVID-19.

Features include:

  • Effortless “stick on” makes it easy to wear
  • Monitors data continuously related to temperature, and respiratory rate and heart rate at rest
  • Battery life of 90 days (a bit less if contact tracing is activated)

Important: The BioButton is a screening tool for symptoms associated with COVID-10; it is not diagnostic test for the virus.

How it works

The BioButton continuously measures temperature, respiratory rate at rest, heart rate at rest. The data are essential to establish a person’s baseline, and to detect any changes that could be early signs of infection.

The BioButton works through the BioMobile iOS or Android app. Users complete a daily self-assessment through the app to provide information about potential symptoms the BioButton does not capture (e.g., cough), and any known exposure, which is then combined with their BioButton data.

The BioMobile algorithms determine ‘Cleared’ versus ‘Not Cleared’ risk status each day based on BioButton analytics and daily survey data and provides the user with a notification of their status.

How would I wear the device?

The BioButton can be worn for 90 days and should be placed on the upper left chest, two inches below the collar bone. An adhesive on the back of the device will attach the BioButton to the wearer. The adhesive can be replaced periodically. For more information on how to wear the device, please watch the BioButton demonstration video.

Who can receive a BioButton?

The BioButton is intended to avoid a campus outbreak of COVID-19. Initial distribution of BioButtons will focus on those at highest risk of outbreaks (students in residence halls, athletes, faculty, staff and students who will be on campus regularly). Distribution will then include those coming to campus on a more limited basis who would like to use the BioButton. Other members of the community who request the device, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Those interested, can contact Dave Stone for consideration.

Where do the data (information) from the BioButton go?

The data go into the BioCloud on an hourly basis, where advanced algorithms determine whether your data correlate with infection.

Who gets my information?

Only you have access to your detailed health information.

As is the case with the University’s Daily Health Assessment, Graham Health Center will only see whether your risk status is CLEARED or NOT CLEARED. If you are not cleared, Graham Health Center will follow up with you regarding what you may need to do next.

Is my information protected?

Your individual data are privacy-protected. The Bluetooth data are encrypted, as are the data that reside in the BioCloud, so your information is both private and secured.

Who should wear the BioButton?

Oakland University recommends that all students, faculty, and staff wear the BioButton. But, we especially recommend that ALL students residing in University Housing and Student Athletes wear the BioButtons because the risk of COVID-19 infections and transmission of the virus and spread is higher in these settings.

What if I don’t have a Smartphone?

A BioIntelliSense BioHub™ with an embedded cellular data plan will be provided for your dorm room or home use that auto-detects and securely transmits BioButton data when in proximity of the BioHub. A URL to a web-based application will also be provided to enable participation in daily surveys.

What if I don’t want to wear a BioButton?

It is not mandatory to wear a BioButton.

We are strongly encouraging a BioButton to be worn because it enhances our broader strategy to monitor the safety of OU campus.  We believe it is among the many ways we are keeping you and others safe. However, even if you don’t want to wear the BioButton, there is value in carrying it with you when you are on campus because it can assist with contact tracing.

What is contact tracing, and how does it work?

A key feature of the BioButton is its contract tracing capability, which helps to identify potential high-risk exposure locations for the wearer.

If you are wearing or carrying the BioButton, Graham Health Center will be able to alert you if you came in prolonged (30 minutes or more) contact with someone who was wearing the BioButton and who has tested positive for COVID-19. Importantly, the BioButton does not use GPS or track your location, it only knows whether it is within Bluetooth distance (about 15 feet) from another BioButton.

Do I have to pay for the BioButton?

There is no cost and no fees to wear a BioButton. OU will distribute the BioButton at no charge to students, faculty and staff who choose to wear the device.

How would I pick up a device?

BioButtons will be arriving to campus in mid-September and will be made available through centralized residence hall locations. Please look for future communications from Housing to learn specific dates and times for pickup. These locations will be communicated once the devices become available.

How can I learn more?

More information about the BioButton technology can be found on the Intellisense website.