The OU Norman Campus has moved to Phase IV of its return plan. As the nature of COVID‐19 remains dynamic, this plan will remain dynamic. This plan applies to all Norman faculty, staff, student employees, students, contractors, and campus visitors.1
Since the onset of the pandemic, the University of Oklahoma Norman campus has encouraged remote work where possible as a mitigation strategy to minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19. With the wide availability of COVID-19 vaccines and the demonstrated effectiveness of other mitigation protocols on and off campus, in conjunction with the recommendations of infectious diseases and public health officials, remote work in relation to COVID-19 in Norman-based programs and areas will be phased out as described below.
*OU Health Sciences Center and OU-Tulsa: Employees and students at the OU Health Sciences Center or OU-Tulsa will continue using the online COVID-19 Screening and Reporting Tool for their campus.
1. Individuals are expected to complete the Healthy Together Passport whenever the answer to any of the following questions is YES.
2. Individuals who cannot or choose to not use the Healthy Together app should follow these guidelines whenever the answer to any of the following questions is YES.
Temperature Checks - Departments are discouraged from conducting temperature checks. If a department will require temperature checks, the manager must obtain prior approval from the Office of Human Resources.
The university strongly encourages the entire OU community to get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are available to all students, faculty, and staff on all three OU campuses at no cost to the individuals.
Vaccination Requirements at OU
A federal court has temporarily blocked the enforcement of the federal COVID-19 vaccine requirement for federal subcontractors. This means that as long as the court’s decision is in place, university employees are not required to become vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022, and are also not required to seek exemptions to the rule, except as described below.
Vaccination requirements are limited to the following groups of OU community members:
Employees are still encouraged to complete the online vaccine verification form as they become vaccinated: hr.ou.edu/News/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information
For questions about vaccination requirements, contact Human Resources at email@example.com.
OU has eliminated its social distancing protocols in all areas except patient care and clinical research participant settings, making way for a resumption of in-person classes at regular capacity. The university will use the summer to phase back to normal classroom capacities.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, in instituting its COVID-19 protocols, the University of Oklahoma has monitored guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control. Taking into consideration the CDC’s recent guidance on masking, Oklahoma state law, and the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Oklahoma, OU has adopted the following masking protocols for all three campuses.
Clean facilities and equipment require a commitment from all levels of the university community. Everyone has an important role and responsibility in maintaining a healthy campus environment.
Please refer to Section II for information regarding monitoring for symptoms and mandatory reporting.
All employees, visitors, and students will comply with the travel guidance maintained here.
Faculty and Staff Enforcement
Employees who refuse to comply with this Return Plan are subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with the applicable faculty or staff handbook policy.
Vendors and Visitors
Vendors and visitors who refuse to comply with this Return Plan are subject to having their access to campus suspended or terminated.
Joseph Harroz, Jr.
The University of Oklahoma
Dale W. Bratzler, DO, MPH
Chief COVID Officer
The University of Oklahoma