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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.

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.

COVID-19

As Oakland University works toward the goal of approaching a more normal level of operations this coming fall, University Housing remains committed to providing our residents with an extraordinary residential experience. The personal attention and support you have come to expect remain our top priority as we maintain a supportive and well-connected community.

As an OU student for the upcoming academic year, you can expect more in-person student assistance, activities and events. University Housing will continue to follow federal and state recommendations on pandemic safety as we offer services and programming designed to meet every level of expectation and comfort.

Under the guidance of Oakland University leadership and state experts in health and safety, University Housing continues to execute a comprehensive residential response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most up-to-date details on our fall 2021 pandemic protocol can be found below.

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

Building Occupancy and Assignments
  • All University Housing buildings will be open for the fall 2021-winter 2022 academic year.

  • Rooms will 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 necessitates a single space. In such cases, students must first make contact with the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office, and work with their team 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 let University Housing know if an accommodation has been approved, and University Housing will then proceed to work with the student to place them in the approved accommodation, as space permits. 

  • 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 become ill with COVID-19.

  • Identifying an intended 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 isolate and 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 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. Both nasopharyngeal and rapid antigen testing will be available. 

  • Residents will be required to wear masks in all public University Housing spaces for the safety of the community at large. This includes entries and exits, hallways, and public lounges. While masks are not required in bedrooms, suites, and apartments, it is strongly recommended that residents wear masks in the presence of roommates and suitemates as often as possible. Residents who are unable to wear a mask due to a documented medical condition must obtain an approved accommodation from the Disability Support Services Office. Residents can begin that process by contacting Disability Support Services at DSS@oakland.edu, or by calling (248) 370-3266.

  • Frequency of sanitization of high-touch areas such as public lounges, bathrooms, printing stations, ATMs, and computers will be increased.

  • Housing service staff members will be provided with masks and gloves to be utilized during interactions with the public.

  • Public lounge furniture will be reduced and arranged according to social distancing guidelines provided by the State of Michigan and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and replenished when and if social distancing restrictions are modified or lifted.
Dining
  • Hillcrest and Vandenberg Dining Halls will both be open and operational for the forthcoming academic year.

  • Tilly’s and The Hive, located in Oak View Hall and Hillcrest Hall respectively, will both be open and operational for the forthcoming academic year.

  • Dining rooms will be cleaned every thirty minutes.

  • At dining hall food stations, food will be served by an associate, eliminating self service.

  • Dishware and flatware will be available, protected and served by an associate.

  • Complete, one station meals and full entree selections will be increased, reducing traffic and congestion.

  • Dining facility furniture will be spread out to encourage proper social distancing.
Guest and Visitor Policies
  • “Guests” are defined as those who are not residents of Oakland University. At this time, Guests will not be permitted in the residence halls or apartment complexes during the fall 2021-winter 2022 academic year. Should the evolution of the pandemic allow for revision or elimination of this restriction, this site will be updated accordingly. 

  • “Visitors” are defined as Oakland University residents who visit or stay in a room outside of their own assigned room and/or building. At this time, Visitors will not be permitted in the residence halls or apartment complexes during the fall 2021-winter 2022 academic year. Visitors may, however, be entertained in public lounges. Should the evolution of the pandemic allow for revision or elimination of this restriction, this site will be updated accordingly. 

  • These guest and visitor policies support Centers for Disease Control recommendations of maintaining social distancing of at least six feet within residence halls rooms, suites, and apartments. 

  • The swipe access provided to residents of the residence halls typically allows access to all residential floors in all residence halls. Swipe access will be restricted to each resident’s own assigned building during the forthcoming academic year.
Room Reassignment Periods
  • At this time, 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.

  • Should the evolution of the pandemic require revision or elimination of scheduled room reassignment periods, this site will be updated accordingly. 
Isolation and Quarantine Protocol
  • “Isolation” is defined as having received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, thereby requiring complete isolation from the campus community; 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 defined as having been potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus, thereby requiring removal from contact with the campus community 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 through the Graham Health Center or another medical professional will be asked to enact their advance plan, and to leave on-campus housing for their identified isolation location immediately.

  • University Housing has identified multiple locations to be utilized by ill residents who are unable to 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.

  • Ill residents isolating on campus will be contacted by the staff of the Graham Health Center, and provided with basic health care items. Those with meal plans will be provided with boxed meal delivery.

  • Contact tracing for all positive diagnoses will be conducted by the Oakland County Health Department.

  • University Housing custodial services will clean the ill resident’s room after they have relocated for isolation, for the safety and reassurance of remaining roommates and suitemates.

  • Isolating residents must receive clearance from a medical professional before returning to their building assignment. That clearance will be provided by, or 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 Grizzlies Protecting Grizzlies website.

  • The verification of your vaccination status must be submitted prior to moving inStudents are asked to share their vaccination records with the Graham Health Center

  • Exceptions will be made for students who seek a religious or medical exemption. Details on how to submit a request for an exception will be available in the near future.
Testing Requirements
  • At this time, required testing is not planned for the fall 2021-winter 2022 semester.

  • 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 a parent present during testing.
Fall 2021 Move-In
  • Each resident may bring no more than two helpers to assist with their move-in.

  • All residents and helpers must wear a mask while in enclosed, public areas and outdoor public areas and situations which do not permit proper social distancing. This includes lobbies, lounges, hallways, stairwells, and elevators.

  • Helpers should vacate the buildings as soon as the move-in process is complete in order to comply with current pandemic protocol and guest policy. 
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 through 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.

  • Should the university determine that a long-term housing closure is necessary due to the pandemic, residents will receive a prorated refund of their housing and meal plan charges.