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 should continue using the online COVID-19 Screening and Reporting Tool for their campus.
1. Individuals should complete the Healthy Together Passport whenever the answer is YES to any of the following questions.
2. Individuals who cannot or choose to not use the Healthy Together app should follow the following guidelines whenever the answer is YES to any of the following questions.
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, particularly those residing in congregate housing.
In accordance with the CDC guidance, 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, recent state law changes, and Oklahoma’s record low case counts of COVID-19, OU has lifted its mask requirement for all three campuses, with limited exceptions.
The university encourages masking indoors. The university strongly encourages masking for all individuals in high-density settings, such as classrooms and at special events.
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