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 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 (Masking)
  • Effective on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 Oakland University's mask usage requirement will be eliminated for all campus areas except for patient care sites, including Graham Health Center and the COVID-19 testing site in the Oakland Center. 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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

  • 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.

  • Additional information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the COVID-19 Campus Information web section.
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 2022 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
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.