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OU Housing and Residence Life aims to support all residents as they transition to campus. In order to do so, it is important to protect the health and safety of our residents and minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 within our community.
This guide is to assist OU Housing residents with information to work toward this goal.
Residents Responsibility Plan
Before and after eating, after coughing and sneezing, and prior to leaving your room and entering public spaces with other people, residents should wash their hands.
In accordance with University policy, students must wear a fabric or disposable mask while around other people, to cover their nose and mouth so that respiratory droplets are minimized while talking, coughing, and sneezing.
Students must complete the online COVID-19 Screening and Reporting Tool anytime they've (1) been away from campus for seven consecutive calendar days, (2) traveled outside the state or country, (3) participated in a group gathering of 10 or more people (and didn't wear a mask and practice social distancing), (4) had close contact with someone who tested positive or who has had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, (5) experienced symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19 such as fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, chills, loss of taste or smell, (6) been in contact with a family member who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 60 days.
For the most up-to-date screening tool criteria, check ou.edu/together, as criteria is subject to change during the semester.
CDC guidelines recommend cleaning and sanitizing your spaces including bathrooms and high touch points frequently throughout the day. Roommates should take initiative to work together to keep their spaces clean daily.
Monitor body temperature and check for COVID-19 symptoms. Any student who experiences symptoms that include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, please remain home and fill out the COVID-19 Screening and Reporting Tool.
COVID-19 Response Plan
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they should contact email@example.com and complete the Passport through the Healthy Together app. This will start the notification process for the student and will protect the individual’s health information. The student will be notified through the app of their screening results and should follow the instructions for what to do next.
A member of the Residence Life team will contact the student immediately and begin the self-isolation/quarantine process. A student may return home to isolate/quarantine or be housed in Residence Life isolation spaces.
If you are unvaccinated and experienced a known exposure, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and complete the Passport through the Healthy Together App. You will receive further instructions and will be contacted by Residence Life staff.
Vaccinated persons do not need to quarantine or test after exposure. If any COVID-19 symptoms develop, isolate and get tested.
The Department of Residence Life has set aside self-isolation spaces for residents who contract COVID-19 or are a confirmed contact. Residence Life will coordinate with residents to move into a self-isolation space and will continue to provide check-ins and support. Students will be provided food delivery, trash pick-up, and virtual check-ins with Residence Life staff. Once the student is cleared by Goddard Health Center, they are able to leave the self-isolation space.
Individuals who identify as a contact will go into quarantine. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will go into self-isolation.
A contact is an individual who has come into close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with someone who has COVID-19. Likely contacts are members of the same household (ex: roommate).
Residence Life recommends that students prepare to pack a "go-bag" to take with them in case they go into self-isolation while on campus.
Recommended packing list:
- Enough clothing for 2 weeks; shoes
- Laundry detergent
- Hygiene items: Soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, toothbrush & Toothpaste, etc.
- FACE MASK
- Books, Homework, Pens, Pencils etc.
- If applicable, a laptop
- Chargers for: laptop, cellphone, tablet, etc.
- Medications; if applicable, eyeglasses/contacts
- Face and body towels
- Pillow and blanket
- If applicable, snacks and water
Residence Life Plan
Residence Life staff are asked to follow the same requirements we are asking our residents to follow. It will take ALL of us to maintain the well-being of our community.
Residence Hall common spaces, lobbies, laundry areas, community kitchens, and study spaces will receive frequent cleaning.
Residence Life staff will continue to help and support residents using multiple methods including personalized calls, Zoom calls, GroupMe and more!
Residence Life staff will contact residents to verify health and safety. Residents can expect health monitoring questions and inquiries about recent experiences or exposure.
Each hall maintains on-call staff, 24 hours a day/7 days a week, while students are living on campus. 911 should always be called for a medical emergency. On-call personnel should be called if a student demonstrates symptoms, has been exposed to a confirmed case, has been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a health care professional, or has a concern about their personal or another student's health or safety.
Important Numbers to Know
Goddard Health Services:
Goddard Nurses Hotline:
International Student Services: