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COVID-19 FAQs

Are vaccinations required for students and employees?

OBU strongly encourages all students and employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot when appropriate but will not require it for enrollment, participating in activities or employment.

Do I need to wear a mask on campus?

Individuals who have not been vaccinated are encouraged (but not required) to continue wearing face coverings. A new state law prevents school districts and colleges from imposing mask mandates unless a state of emergency is in effect.

Is physical distancing required?

Physical distancing is not required at this time. Classroom capacity and seating have returned to normal capacity. Athletic events, performing arts events, and other campus events are being held at full capacity without physical distancing requirements.

What is the cleaning protocol on campus?

OBU continues to clean and disinfect public areas such as classrooms, gathering places, restrooms and residential community spaces daily. Hand sanitizer is available at entrances to campus buildings. Classrooms will continue to have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer available.

What kind of symptom monitoring is being required?

Students and employees should self-monitor for the following symptoms of COVID-19: fever, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, new loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, muscle or body aches, fatigue, chills, nausea, loss of appetite, temperature of 100.4ºF or greater, or new onset of severe headache.

Can I get tested for COVID-19 on-campus?

Yes. You can get tested for COVID-19 if you are experiencing symptoms by filling out the symptomatic form online and making an appointment with our campus nurse, Kayla Gibson, to be tested and seen by TEAM Clinics. If the nurse is not available, you should look to get tested off campus.

Is COVID-19 testing required?

OBU is asking all students to take a COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus for the start of the spring semester and submit the results to the COVID Response Team. An email has been sent out to all students providing instructions as to how to submit test results. The test needs to be taken on or after Friday, January 21. If a student or employee is not able to secure a test, he or she can still return to campus and is asked to be aware of the development of COVID-19 symptoms. If the student or employee has tested positive since December 25, 2021, he or she will not need to take a COVID-19 to return to campus. At this time, OBU does not plan to conduct random surveillance testing during the semester.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students should complete a Positive Test Result reporting form and a member of the COVID Response Team will contact them with next steps. Employees should complete an Employee Health Notification form as soon as possible and then contact their supervisor for next steps.

What are the guidelines for isolation and quarantine?

OBU will require students to self-isolate or quarantine at their permanent residences when at all possible. If the permanent residence is within a 10-hour radius of OBU and the student is healthy enough to travel, the student will be required to go home.

  • Students living in apartments may be able to quarantine/isolate in their apartments if certain conditions are met. In order to determine if this is possible, a member of the COVID Response Team will help assess the circumstances.
  • If it is not feasible for a student to return to their permanent residence, OBU will provide appropriate housing for the student needing to self-isolate or quarantine. Students who need housing through OBU will receive meals and be monitored regularly for their health status. Meal swipes will be deducted from the students’ meal plans for that term while in OBU quarantine housing.
  • Once students meet the self-isolation or quarantine time requirements, they will be allowed to return to campus and normal activities.
  • Students will be given their return dates by a member of the COVID Response Team.

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What do I do if I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

Students who were in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 should complete the Close Contact reporting form if their vaccinations are not up-to-date or have not tested positive with a viral test in the past 90 days. A member of the COVID response team will contact them with further instructions.

Employees who were in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 should follow the instructions in the Employee Health Notification form.

Will chapel be held in person?

OBU has resumed in-person chapel gatherings and all student activities with no COVID-19 restrictions.

Will Café on the Hill and other food service locations on campus be open?

All food service locations on campus are open and operating at full capacity.