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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Frequently Asked Questions

Residents are strongly discouraged from having guests in their living spaces this academic year. Each resident is allowed one guest that must remain with them at all times. A “guest” is any non-resident of the floor and/or building. All guests should exit the hall and/or building by midnight daily during the academic year.

  • No overnight guests are allowed in the residence halls.
  • Guests should remain in lobbies and wear PPE.

OU Housing and Residence Life will update residents as needed throughout the year.

Please see our full, updated guest policy here.

If an OU Housing resident tests positive during the semester, they will be provided a room to temporarily live in to self-isolate. OU Health Services will work with students for recovery, OU Food Services will provide delivered meals, and OU Residence Life will check in with these students daily. Additional information will soon be available about online or hybrid format courses to allow students who are ill or not able to come to class to participate in the learning experience.

Additional information will soon be available about online or hybrid format courses to allow students who are ill or not able to come to class to participate in the learning experience.

Students will still be permitted to sit and dine in OU dining halls, with certain safety protocols in place. Seating areas have been spaced out and occupancies have been reduced to promote social distancing.

There will be no self-serve lines, and grab-and-go options will be available. Students will still have the same high-quality and variety of meals that have always been provided, whether the meal is served in the dining halls or provided to-go.

While we recognize that students will remove their masks to eat, they will be required to keep their mask on at all other times in university facilities and any time they cannot maintain a safe physical distance from others.

For fall 2020 dining updates, please visit our Campus Dining page.  

Students will still have the same high-quality and variety of meals that have always been provided, whether the meal is served in the dining halls or provided to-go. Food choices that used to be available in self-serve lines will now be served by employees in a Plexiglas-guarded food station. In accordance with CDC guidelines, OU Food Services will use disposable dishes and utensils. Students will have the choice to sit and dine in the dining hall or facility, or take their food to go. If dining in, students must adhere to established physical distancing protocols.

Residents are strongly discouraged from having guests in their living spaces this academic year. Each resident is allowed one guest that must remain with them at all times. A “guest” is any non-resident of the floor and/or building. All guests should exit the hall and/or building by midnight daily during the academic year.

  • No overnight guests are allowed in the Residence Halls.
  • Guests should remain in lobbies and wear PPE.

OU Housing and Residence Life will update residents as needed throughout the year.

According to research, students who live on campus are more engaged, have substantially higher grade-point averages, and overall, more success. For these reasons, the OU Board of Regents requires freshmen students to live in university housing for two semesters.

Students who have a majority of online coursework and would like to apply to live off campus will need to follow the exemption process. When filling out the exemption form, these students should mark “Other” and include their online schedule as the rationale. Students may contact OU Housing at housinginfo@ou.edu for more information.

 

If an OU Housing resident tests positive during the semester, they will be provided an individual room to self-isolate. OU Health Services will work with students for recovery; OU Food Services will provide delivered meals; and OU Residence Life will check in with these students daily and will connect them with resources and services as needed. Rooms are designed for students to have one bedroom and one bathroom per person.

The university is relying on the American College of Health Association (ACHA) safety guidelines, as well as the expertise of our own medical professionals at the OU Health Sciences Center, to make key decisions about the fall semester. However, due to the fluidity of the pandemic, the university reserves the right to make changes to housing assignments as needed.

Current changes to Housing and Residential Life for Fall 2020 include:

Move-In: Expanding the August move-in process to take place over more days than in previous years. 

Three-Step Move-In Clearance Required: Students who will be moving into OU Housing on the Norman campus will be required to complete a three-step process for move-in clearance, including a requirement to be tested for COVID-19. For more information on OU Move-In, visit ou.edu/housingandfood/move-in.

Updated Guest Policy: Residents are strongly discouraged from having guests in their living spaces this academic year.

  • Each resident is allowed one guest that must remain with them at all times.
  • A “guest” is any non-resident of the floor and/or building.
  • All guests should exit the hall and/or building by midnight daily during the academic year.

More Single Rooms: OU Housing is adding 300 single-occupancy rooms.

  • Single-room options will be spread out among Adams, Couch, Walker Towers and David L. Boren Residence Hall.

Enhanced Cleaning: Extra cleaning protocols have been implemented to reduce any potential spread of the virus in the residence halls.

  • Touch points and common areas of residence halls will be disinfected daily.
  • Electrostatic Cleaning: Residential common spaces and community bathrooms receive electrostatic cleaning weekly, and more frequently as needed.
  • In-Room Devices: Every room in Adams, Couch, and Walker Centers will be equipped with a wall-mounted Synexis® Sphere device, which continuously produces Dry Hydrogen Peroxide (DHP™) to reduce viruses, bacteria, and fungi in occupied spaces.

Public Health Protocols: OU is fortifying protocols to respond to a public health incident if it occurs. Protocols as recommended by ACHA include:

  • The ability to immediately test anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Providing living spaces that allow for self-isolation
  • Enacting contact tracing for those who might potentially be exposed. COVID-19 testing is available through OU Health Services. OU Health Services collaborates with the local health department to contact trace individuals who may have been exposed to a positive case in order to quarantine and test those students as needed. 

Residents will be provided with a clear list of community expectations based on the response to this ongoing public health crisis.

The university is taking a number of steps to support the healthiest possible campus environment.

Chief COVID Officer

  • OU has appointed Dr. Dale Bratzler, a nationally leading expert in infectious diseases and public health, as the university’s chief COVID officer. Dr. Bratzler is helping coordinate a consistent approach to OU’s return efforts in light of the best available data about COVID-19 infection trends.

 Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

  • Through the Clean and Green initiative, extra cleaning protocols have been implemented to reduce potential spread of the virus in the residence halls. Touch points and common areas are disinfected daily. Residential common spaces and community bathrooms receive electrostatic cleaning weekly, and more frequently as needed. Learn more about Clean and Green at ou.edu/cleanandgreen

Three-Step Move-In Clearance Required

  • Students who will be moving into OU Housing on the Norman campus are required to complete a three-step process for move-in clearance, including a requirement to be tested for COVID-19. For more information on OU Move-In, visit ou.edu/housingandfood/move-in.

Masking Required on Campus

  • Students in the residence halls must follow the OU masking policy. Upon exiting their dorm room, students are required to wear a mask. Students are not required to wear masks in their dorm rooms, but they are strongly encouraged to do so, particularly when others are present, unless they are participating in activities in which a face mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating and drinking, bathing, or sleeping.

Facility Upgrades

  • Manual bathroom fixtures and toilets have been replaced with touchless, motion-sensor fixtures in all public restrooms.
  • To help improve indoor air quality, air filters across all campuses are being upgraded to hospital-grade standards across all three campuses.
  • 750 additional hand sanitizer stations have been installed university-wide near building entrances, elevators and outside of public restrooms

Microbe-Fighting Devices Installed in Residence Hall Towers

  • Every room in Adams, Couch, and Walker Centers will be equipped with a wall-mounted Synexis® Sphere device, which continuously produces Dry Hydrogen Peroxide (DHP™) to reduce viruses, bacteria, and fungi in occupied spaces.

Dining Services

  • OU Food Services has added additional safety protocols to its fall 2020 operations that include, but are not limited to:

                No self-serve options

                Use of disposable utensils

                Social distancing practices for lines and seating

                Enhanced cleaning procedures

                Preordering opportunities

                Visit ou.edu/housingandfood/dining for more information.

 Staffing

  • Additional custodial teams and bus drivers will be added to increase cleaning efforts and social distancing on buses.

 Responsible Consumption

  • As we prioritize human health, OU continues to make sustainable choices to protect environmental health. The Norman campus ranks as a top 15 university for renewable energy and is a three-time Princeton Review Green College. Across all three campuses, we are transitioning more of the products we use in maintaining our facilities to environmentally friendly alternatives, and as always, looking for new opportunities to conserve energy and resources.

 

OU is committed to providing a world-class education that is affordable and accessible. For the third straight year, there will be no tuition or mandatory fee increases for Norman campus programs for the 2020-2021 academic year. Additionally, no online fees will apply for courses that have been moved online due to COVID-19.

OU is dedicated to crime prevention and the safety of our campus community. Safety tips and security information are available at ou.edu/police.

Additionally, students and campus visitors can utilize the free OU SafeWalk service utilizing resident advisors to accompany them anywhere on campus by calling (405) 352-WALK (9255). The service is available from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., seven days a week. More information about SafeWalk can be found at ou.edu/police/crime/ou-safewalk.

 

The university is committed to providing students with the resources to be successful. All in-person resources listed below will also be available virtually.

  • Office Hours: Instructors will still be holding office hours using Zoom and can generate a link to share with students to join when the meeting starts.
  • Math Center
  • Chemistry Help Lab
  • Action Tutoring
  • Writing Center: Consultations are available via email and Zoom.
  • OU Libraries
  • Computer Labs: The majority of campus computer labs are closed. However, computer labs in Couch Tower and the Oklahoma Memorial Union are open, but access will be limited.