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We understand the move-in experience is important to families. To conduct move-in as safely as is practical, we are limiting the number of people in the residence halls during a busy time period.

Guest Policy for Fall 2020 Move-In
In an effort to balance allowing residents to bring guests into the halls and to ensure minimal interruptions to the Move-In process, OU Housing will implement the following process to allow for one (1) guest per resident to enter residential buildings from 5-9 p.m. on each day of the Move-In process from August 11-15.

  1. Guests will be required to wear masks at all times and abide by the University’s social distancing guidelines. For more information about OU’s mandatory mask requirement, see the OU masking policy.
  2. Residents must accompany their guest at all times while on campus.
  3. Guests exhibiting any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in direct contact in the last 14 days with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 must not come to campus.

All guests will need to vacate residential buildings by 9 p.m. daily.

Please see our full, updated guest policy here.

Guest Policy for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
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.

Unfortunately testing and/or confirming tests for each family member accompanying a student would be untenable on top of the tests being completed for the students. Please know that our focus is to do our best to ensure a robust residential learning community and environment for your student beginning with assisting them with a smooth move-in on day one. Processes are evolving as we receive more information. Our team hears your concerns and we are looking at ways to honor this milestone in your student's life, while trying to maintain the safety of everyone during the move-in process.  

Depending on how and when classes might transition online due to COVID, prorated discounts may be a possibility as part of the transition plan similar to Spring 2020.

Depending on how and when classes might transition online due to COVID, prorated discounts may be a possibility as part of the transition plan.

OU Health Services will work with students to self isolate for the CDC-recommended timeline before being approved to move into OU Housing.  

Unfortunately due to the volume of tests being conducted, a student will be required to self-isolate for the CDC-recommended time period before coming to campus. OU Health Services will work with students who test positive to let them know when they are cleared to move to campus.

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.

No test is 100% accurate. However, the company administering the testing, Vault Health, is a reputable testing company with a history of producing reliable results. Additionally, a representative appointed by Vault Health will walk all housing students through the test via Zoom to ensure they’re administered accurately. Students who test will still be required to complete all three steps, including completion of a health screening.

Food Services has made extensive changes to dining spaces to separate seating and reduce occupancy to promote social distancing. There will be no self-serve lines and grab and go options will be common. 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 anytime they cannot maintain physical distance from others.

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

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.

While exposure is possible during that time, we are asking students to isolate as much as possible before coming to OU after receiving a negative test result. We will also have students completing daily screening for symptoms or exposure while on campus.

Students may apply for an exemption from our first-year live-on campus requirement. More information can be found here, https://www.ou.edu/housingandfood/residence_halls/housing_policy.

Currently there are not any travel restrictions to Oklahoma from within the United States. Please visit https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/travel to stay updated on Oklahoma travel advisories.

Student meal plans will be active when students arrive on their scheduled move in day.

Move-in staff are required to complete the University’s COVID-19 Screening and Reporting form. In addition, Move-In staff will be adhering to OU’s masking policy and their temperature will be checked.

Testing is not required for guests. Vendors and staff are required to complete the University’s COVID-19 Screening and Reporting form. In addition, Move-In staff will be adhering to OU safety polices. In the interest of protecting the health of residents and staff, guests will not be allowed access to the residence halls during the Move-In process.

As part of the three-step process for moving into on-campus housing, students are responsible for filling out the online screening tool whether their test result is positive or negative.

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.