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COVID-19 Campus Information

There are many reasons Oakland University is requiring 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 for the 2021-2022 academic year since the approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

First, the vaccines have been shown to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19 illness and death, as well as minimizing the severity of COVID infections. This includes COVID-19 variants, including the highly contagious Delta variant.

Also, vaccinated individuals help reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others, including immunocompromised individuals and those who are unable to get vaccinated.

Finally, reaching herd immunity within the campus community will help ensure that university activities and events can take place this fall much like they did prior to the pandemic.

Vaccine Mandate for Winter 2022:

  • If you haven't already done so, please upload your completed COVID-19 vaccine record by December 13. If you've already uploaded your vaccine status, you do NOT need to do it again.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to upload their vaccination verification information to the Graham Health Center secure patient portal as soon as possible.

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 be fully vaccinated as per OU guidelines
  • I will practice good, infection-prevention hygiene as per OU guidelines.
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.
Infection Prevention Initiatives


Cleaning schedules, materials, supplies and best practices – Surfaces that will be cleaned by custodial staff are the same as pre-COVID standards. Faculty and non-custodial staff will be responsible for cleaning their desktops and items on desk surfaces. Custodians will clean door hardware daily, but any additional cleaning should be performed by the room occupant.
Additional information can be found in the university's
COVID Response Cleaning and Disinfecting Plan.

Provision of Personal Protective Equipment – Faculty and staff interested in acquiring departmental supplies should use the online requisition form.

Hand sanitizers – Hand sanitizers have been placed in various offices and public spaces throughout campus as an alternative to thorough hand washing when facilities to do so are not immediately available.

Air quality improvements – All campus buildings that are not currently being renovated or have been scheduled for renovation will have their air handling systems equipped with MERV 13 filters. This pleated filter utilizes an electrostatic charge to remove very fine particles from air, as well as potential allergens like mold, pet dander, bacteria particles that carry viruses such as COVID-19.

Infection prevention signage – Posters advising campus community members and visitors of infection prevention protocols are being distributed to offices, classroom buildings and public spaces across campus. Faculty and staff interested in viewing and requesting materials to post in their specific work areas can do so using the COVID-19 Response PPE Order Form.

Contact tracing – Graham Health Center will contact and interview campus community members with possible or confirmed exposure to the COVID-19 virus, as well as recommend infection prevention protocols as needed. Individuals identified as having close contact with individuals exposed to the virus will then be interviewed and provided guidance. The Oakland County Health Division will be notified of COVID-19 cases diagnosed at GHC. Additionally, GHC will collaborate with OCHD any time two or more confirmed, linked cases of COVID-19 infection are discovered, as well as any time a possible COVID-19 exposure occurs at a large event.

Your Responsibility
Honor Pledge

Campus community members are asked to help significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections by taking and abiding by the Honor Pledge.

Daily Health Screenings

Visit our daily health screenings page for screening information. Required of all campus community members and guests, regardless of vaccination status, who plan to be on campus. Any individual on campus may be asked to verify completion of the daily health screening by displaying the green approval bar on their smartphone or other mobile device. 

If exposed or having symptoms, contact GHC and do not come to campus until cleared by GHC.  This may occur via phone, email, or patient portal.

  • Not required outdoors
  • Mandatory indoors for all campus community members and guests regardless of vaccination status or a previous COVID-19 illness and presence of virus antibodies in one's system.
  • A limited supply of free masks remains available to students, faculty and staff and is available in Oakland Center Suite 151. Oakland University branded masks also remain available for purchase at the Barnes & Noble @ Oakland University Official Bookstore on the lower level of the Oakland Center.
  • Face shields alone ARE NOT acceptable or a substitute for a face covering.
Social Distancing
  • Not required indoors for fully vaccinated campus community members and guests
  • Mandatory wherever possible inside any campus facility for faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated or who have an approved vaccination requirement exemption. Faculty and staff may be asked by supervisors or administrators about their vaccination status.
  • Expected wherever possible inside any campus facility for students and campus guests who are not fully vaccinated or who have an approved vaccination requirement exemption. Compliance will be based on the honor system. Students and guests will not be asked about their vaccination status.
  • Campus community members concerned about campus building maximum occupancies should contact Facilities Management for site specific information.
Vaccination requirement
  • All students, faculty and staff planning to be on campus at any time during the 2021-2022 academic year are required to be fully vaccinated before the start of fall semester.
  • If you haven't already done so, please upload your completed COVID-19 vaccine record by December 13. If you've already uploaded your vaccine status, you do NOT need to do it again.
  • All campus community members must upload their vaccination status through the Graham Health Center secure patient portal.
  • The exemptions process for the COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate ended on 9/10/21.
Quarantine/isolation obligations
  • All campus community members and visitors who are sick are asked not to come to campus. Resident students who become sick should visit the Student Housing web section for additional information.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, campus community members diagnosed with a COVID-19 illness, exhibiting symptoms of such, or who have been exposed to the virus are expected to contact Graham Health Center for direction on quarantine or isolation measures that may be necessary based on CDC guidelines.
  • Following a COVID illness or exclusion from work or class, campus community members are expected to contact Graham Health Center for direction on returning to campus based on CDC guidelines.
  • If exposed or having symptoms, contact GHC and do not come to campus until cleared by GHC.  This may occur via phone, email, or patient portal.
  • Regardless of COVID-19 vaccine status, individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 test at Graham Health Center or another testing site.
COVID-19 guidelines non-compliance

If non-compliant with adopted infection prevention measures, students will be referred to Dean of Students Office, and faculty and staff will be referred to Human Resources.

Travel Information

All COVID-19 related business and academic travel restrictions have been lifted. Faculty, staff and students who are traveling are strongly encouraged to follow the CDC's specific guidance for travelers. All campus community members and guests returning from travel are expected to observe quarantine/isolation guidelines noted above.

  • No university travel restrictions are in place.
  • Returning from travel for any purpose
    • For travel within the United States
      • Vaccinated individuals must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Those who develop symptoms must isolate and return to campus only after seeking direction from Graham Health Center.
      • The CDC recommends that unvaccinated individuals self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel and get a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
        1. Those who test negative should still self-quarantine for a full 7 days.
        2. Those who test positive should isolate and return to campus only after seeking direction from Graham Health Center.
        3. Those who choose not to get tested, regardless of vaccination status, should self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
      • All individuals returning from domestic travel, regardless of vaccination and testing status, should avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days.
    • For International Travel
      • Based on CDC guidelines, all air passengers returning to the United States are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States.
      • Campus community members allowed to return to the United States should follow the same return guidelines the university has established for domestic travelers.
    • Required Business Travel
      • Absent any governmental restrictions, supervisors or department chairs may require travel to non-restricted areas the CDC declares safe, particularly if travel is necessary for the employee to perform essential job duties.

Strongly discouraged destinations for personal travel

(Based on Centers for Disease Control and U.S. State Department recommendations)

The University strongly discourages all campus community members from proceeding with personal travel plans to any area affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Those planning to return to campus from these areas are advised that the University is implementing an honor system for reporting such travel to Graham Health Center (GHC). This includes a mandatory health screening at GHC prior to taking part in any other campus activity and engaging in voluntary quarantine and/or self-isolation as deemed necessary by a primary care physician or GHC.

Additional international travel resources

The University strongly recommends review of travel.state.gov information and registering trips with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

What to Expect
  • Normal (pre-pandemic) level of operations that preserves student course choice while increasing undergraduate face-to-face learning opportunities to nearly 80 percent.
  • Increase number of students living in on-campus resident halls and apartments to up to 80 percent.
  • Additional mental health services available to support students who may experience stress and anxiety.
  • For on-campus dining halls plans, please visit University Housing
  • Support services will be available in-person, virtually and a hybrid format.
  • Student-centered educational, social and recreational programs will resume in campus facilities.
  • Spectators will be permitted at athletic events as allowed by preventive health protocols and attendance restrictions.
  • In order to lower the risk of virus outbreaks on campus a BioButton screening tool will be available to be worn by faculty, staff, and students who will be on campus regularly. 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.
  • Coordinating with local health departments on contact tracing for confirmed and suspected COVID 19 cases.
  • Procuring and distributing necessary personal protective equipment campuswide.