University Housing

Hamlin Hall, Room 448
550 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3570
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Keeping Residents Safe

University Housing provides students with an extraordinary residential experience while maintaining a safe and healthy community. Personal attention, responsiveness and student well-being are our top priorities. 

This year, students will enjoy campus activities that define the hallmark OU experience. The guidance of health and safety experts will inform our best practices as we enjoy abundant programming and social opportunities, and build friendships that will last a lifetime.

Details on our current health and safety protocol can be found below. Our protocol will continue to evolve as additional facts and information become available.

Facial Coverings (Masking)
  • Oakland University's general mask usage requirement has been eliminated for all campus areas. Students, faculty and staff who are recovering from a COVID-19 infection should wear a mask when returning to campus, as directed by the Graham Health Center, until 10 days have elapsed from their positive diagnosis or first day of symptoms. The university continues to support all campus community members and visitors choosing to wear mask while indoors.
Advance Planning
  • Prior to moving onto campus, residents will be asked to identify the plan of action they will enact if they are required to isolate as the result of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, or a positive diagnosis of monkeypox.

  • Identifying an intended isolation location will be an essential part of creating an advance plan of action. Residents who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or monkeypox will be expected to leave campus to isolate, and to convalesce at their permanent residence, unless prohibited by highly specific circumstances.

  • Completion of the advance planning process is required in order to move onto campus.

  • To complete the creation of an advance plan, please follow the steps shown below.
    • Log into the My Housing portal.
    • Click on Contracts/Forms.
    • Click on Form - Health and Safety Advance Plan.
    • Acknowledge the terms of the Health and Safety Advance Plan, via electronic signature, and click Continue.
    • Provide your Health and Safety Advance Plan.
    • Click Continue to submit the form.

  • Advance plans will be shared with the Graham Health Center.

  • Students with underlying health issues or high-risk conditions should be aware that University Housing will not be able to provide additional safety measures above and beyond what will be provided to the general population. As such, we strongly recommend that these students consult with their physician to determine if living on campus is the right decision for them.
Safety and Mitigation Efforts
  • Students who are experiencing potential symptoms of COVID- 19 or monkeypox will be able to seek medical consultation on campus. The Graham Health Center will be equipped to provide testing and guidance to symptomatic students. Students are also welcome to seek medical consultation off-campus, if preferred.

  • High-touch areas such as public lounges, bathrooms, printing stations, ATMs, and computers will be sanitized frequently.

  • Hillcrest and Vandenberg Dining Halls will both be open for the forthcoming academic year.

  • Tilly’s and The Hive, located in Oak View Hall and Hillcrest Hall respectively, will both be open for the forthcoming academic year.
Isolation Protocol
  • “Isolation” is required for any individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or  monkeypox.  The purpose of isolation is to keep someone who is infected away from others who are not infected with these viruses. Oakland University will follow MDHHS isolation guidelines, with additional supporting guidance from the CDC, and will require complete isolation from the campus community for those diagnosed with the COVID-19 or monkeypox virus. This isolation may be achieved through relocation to a permanent off-campus address, or an identified on-campus location, as designated by university health officials.

  • Residents who receive a positive COVID-19 or monkeypox diagnosis will be asked to enact their advance plan, and to proceed to the designated isolation location immediately.

  • University Housing has identified locations to be utilized by ill residents who are unable to isolate off campus. Residents who receive a positive COVID-19 or monkeypox diagnosis through the Graham Health Center or another medical professional and who are unable to leave campus will be assigned to one of these locations, and asked to relocate immediately.

  • Residents isolating on campus will have contact with the staff of the Graham Health Center. Those with meal plans will be provided with food service.
  • Oakland University requires that all students, faculty and staff planning to attend in-person courses and all other university activities on campus and at off-site locations be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. 

  • The verification of your vaccination status must be submitted prior to moving into University Housing. Students are asked to share their completed vaccination records (primary series and booster) with the Graham Health Center by the following dates:

    Summer I 2022: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
    Summer II 2022: Monday, June 27, 2022
    Fall 2022: Monday, August 8, 2022
    Winter 2023: Monday, December 12, 2022

  • Vaccination records should be uploaded to the Graham Health Center’s patient portal. Step-by-step instructions on how to upload vaccination records can be found here.

  • Requests for vaccination exemptions are reviewed by the Dean of Students office. More information for students can be found on the Dean of Students website.

Contract Cancellation
  • Residents who wish to cancel their on-campus housing must complete an online Contract Release form. Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for instructions on how to do so.

  • Residents have until July 15, 2022 to cancel their housing contract without penalty. After July 15, cancellation charges will apply as outlined in the terms and conditions of the housing contract.