University Housing

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

Keeping Residents Safe

University Housing remains committed to providing our residents with an extraordinary residential experience as we approach pre-pandemic operations. Personal attention, responsiveness and the health and safety of student residents are our top priorities. 

We approach the coming academic year with excitement and great anticipation. Once again, students will find a range of campus activities and events that define the hallmark OU experience.

In following a rigorous and sensible public health protocol, University Housing will execute a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details on our fall 2021 pandemic protocol are below.

Please check this page frequently. Our COVID protocol will continue to evolve as additional facts and information become available.

Facial Coverings
  • University Housing residents, guests and visitors who are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus are not required to wear facial coverings (masks) while in University Housing residence halls, apartments and cottages, or when participating in outdoor activities. Please note that an individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose of an FDA-approved, WHO-approved, or authorized vaccine has been administered.

  • University Housing residents, guests, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated must wear facial coverings (masks) while inside all university buildings, including residence halls, apartments and cottages, but are not required to wear facial coverings outdoors. Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the face. Per CDC guidelines, face shields may be worn as additional protection for users, but are not acceptable replacements for face coverings.
Building Occupancy and Assignments
  • All University Housing buildings will be open for the fall 2021-winter 2022 academic year.

  • Rooms may be filled to full occupancy, and single rooms will be available only in cases of documented need, such as a physical, medical, or psychological condition that requires a single space. In such cases, students must first contact the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office to obtain an approval for a single room accommodation. DSS can be reached at DSS@oakland.edu, or by calling (248) 370-3266. DSS will inform University Housing if an accommodation has been approved, and University Housing will then proceed to place the student in the approved accommodation.

  • Incoming freshmen are assigned to Hamlin Hall, Oak View Hall, Hill House, and Van Wagoner House.

  • Non-first-year students are assigned to Ann V. Nicholson Apartments, George T. Matthews Apartments, Greek Cottages, Hillcrest Hall,  Oak View Hall, and Vandenberg Hall.
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 quarantine or isolate as the result of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, or exposure to a known case of COVID-19.

  • Identifying an intended quarantine or isolation location will be an essential part of creating an advance plan of action. Residents who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be expected to leave campus to quarantine or 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.

  • Students who completed an advance plan for the fall 2020-winter 2021 academic year will be asked to submit a current plan for the fall 2021-winter 2022 academic year.

  • 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 - COVID-19 Advance Plan.
    • Acknowledge the terms of the COVID-19 Advance Plan, via electronic signature, and click Continue.
    • Provide your COVID-19 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 COVID-like symptoms, or suspect they may have the COVID-19 virus, will be able to seek medical consultation on campus. The Graham Health Center will be equipped to provide COVID-19 testing to symptomatic students, as well as students who would like to be tested as part of surveillance screening. Students are also welcome to seek medical consultation off-campus, if preferred.

  • All residential students must complete the OU daily health screening.

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

  • Public lounge furniture will be appropriately arranged for the safety of students.
Dining
  • 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.

  • All dining facilities will be returning to pre-pandemic operations, capacity, and furniture arrangement.
Guest and Visitor Policies
  • “Guests” are defined as those who are not Oakland University Housing residents. “Visitors” are defined as Oakland University residents who visit or stay in a room outside of their own assigned room and/or building.

  • Guests and visitors who are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus are not required to wear facial coverings (masks) while in University Housing residence halls, apartments, and cottages.

  • Guests and visitors who are not fully vaccinated must wear facial coverings (masks) while inside Oakland University Housing residence halls, apartments and cottages, but are not required to wear facial coverings outdoors. Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the face. Per CDC guidelines, face shields may be worn as additional protection for users, but are not acceptable replacements for face coverings.

  • Adherence to facial covering requirements by guests and visitors is the responsibility of the host.

  • Guest and visitor policies reflect current health and safety recommendations, and are subject to re-evaluation and/or change should the evolution of the pandemic require adaptation or modification.
Room Reassignment Periods
  • University Housing is planning to hold three room reassignment periods during the fall 2021-winter 2022 academic year. The first reassignment period will take place in early September.

  • Room reassignment periods provide residents the opportunity to relocate to a different room or building, as space permits.

  • Details of the room reassignment process will be provided to residents via their oakland.edu email addresses prior to the start of the process.
Isolation and Quarantine Protocol
  • “Isolation” is required for any individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  The purpose of isolation is to keep someone who is infected with the virus away from others who are not infected with the virus. Oakland University will continue to follow CDC guidelines on isolation, and will require complete isolation from the campus community for those diagnosed with the COVID-19 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.

  • “Quarantine” is required for unvaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with a known case of COVID-19.  The purpose of quarantine is to keep someone who may have been exposed to the virus away from others for a period of 14 days. This quarantine may be achieved through relocation to a permanent off-campus address, relocation to an identified on-campus location, or staying in place in one’s on-campus housing assignment, as designated by university health officials.

  • Residents who receive positive COVID-19 diagnoses or who have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19 will be asked to enact their advance plan, and to proceed to the designated quarantine or isolation location immediately.

  • University Housing has identified locations to be utilized by ill residents who are unable to quarantine or isolate off campus. Residents who receive positive COVID-19 diagnoses 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, and will be provided with basic health care items. Those with meal plans will be provided with food service.

  • Contact tracing for the OU campus will be conducted by Graham Health Center in collaboration with the Oakland County Health Department, when indicated.

  • Quarantining or isolating residents must receive clearance from a licensed medical professional before returning to their building assignment. That clearance will be provided by the Graham Health Center -- or, if the student is being treated by an off-campus medical professional, will need to be provided to the Graham Health Center.
Vaccination
  • In order to ensure the health and safety of every student resident, students living on campus in residence halls, apartments, and cottages must be fully vaccinated prior to their scheduled fall move-in date. 

  • Details on how to obtain a vaccine on campus can be found on the Graham Health Center website.

  • The verification of your vaccination status must be submitted prior to moving in. Students are asked to share their vaccination records with the Graham Health Center. 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 may be directed to the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@oakland.edu. Please note that requests for exemptions should be submitted prior to August 2, 2021.
Testing Requirements
  • Students who are granted an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination mandate will be required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing. Testing and test results will be managed by the Graham Health Center. Students who receive approved exemptions will be contacted by the Graham Health Center with further instructions on this process.

  • Should the evolution of the pandemic create a need for required testing prior to the fall 2021 move-in period, this site will be updated accordingly.

  • Students under the age of 18 must have consent on file with the Graham Health Center for COVID-related care.  Consent forms can be found here, and should be returned to the Graham Health Center via the secure patient portal
Fall 2021 Move-In
  • Each resident may bring no more than two helpers to assist with their move-in.

  • Residents and helpers who are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus are not required to wear facial coverings (masks) during the move-in process.

  • Residents and helpers who are not fully vaccinated must wear a facial covering (mask) while inside University Housing residence halls, apartments, and cottages, but are not required to wear facial coverings outdoors.
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, 2021 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.