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Student FAQs

Are vaccinations required for students?

OBU encourages all students to follow their healthcare provider’s advice regarding the need for the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot when appropriate. OBU will not require it for enrollment, participating in activities or employment.

Do I need to wear a mask on campus?

Students are not required to wear face coverings on campus. Individuals who desire to continue wearing face coverings can certainly do so. Oklahoma 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 and will not be practiced 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.

What kind of symptom monitoring is being required?

Students 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.

What should I do if I develop COVID-like symptoms?

Please consult with your healthcare provider immediately about whether and/or how long you should self-isolate. As with any contagious illness, to best protect others you should stay away from others until your healthcare provider advises that you can resume regular activities.

Students who need to isolate due to COVID-19 exposure or illness will follow the university’s attendance policies, which are published in the Student Handbook. Course syllabi may provide additional class-specific attendance policies. It is your responsibility to communicate with your professors as to the time you are out of class.

If you have symptoms, but your healthcare provider says you can come to class/work, please use good handwashing and cough etiquette and consider wearing a face covering.

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

Yes. You can get tested for COVID-19 at no cost as long as the state’s supply of free tests are available to OBU. In the event OBU runs out of the supply of COVID-19 tests, you can still take a test and be seen by a doctor through our online partner, TEAM Clinics. This visit will be run through your insurance. If you are experiencing symptoms, please make an appointment with the campus nurse. If the nurse is not available, you should look to get tested off campus.

Is COVID-19 testing required?

Testing is not required at this time to return to campus for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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

If you are a student and test positive for COVID-19, please plan to isolate until your healthcare provider advises that you can resume regular activities. Mandatory reporting is no longer required. However, if you would like to request any type of supportive services, please submit your requests to Dean Petersen (brandon.petersen@okbu.edu) or Joy Carl (joy.carl@okbu.edu) in Campus Life. Students who need to isolate due to COVID-19 exposure or illness will follow the university’s attendance policies, which are published in the Student Handbook. Course syllabi may provide additional class-specific attendance policies. It is your responsibility to communicate with your professors as to the time you are out of class.

What should I do if I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Mandatory reporting and quarantining are no longer required. However, if you would like to request any type of supportive services, please do so directly to Dean Petersen (brandon.petersen@okbu.edu) or Joy Carl (joy.carl@okbu.edu) in Campus Life. If you start to develop any COVID-like symptoms, please see the question “What should I do if I develop COVID-like symptoms?”

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Oklahoma State Department of Health offers vaccination appointment registrations through theirVaccine Scheduler Portal.

Vaccines are also available at many local health care locations, such as:

  • CPN Health Services
  • Clinic Pharmacy (Moderna only)
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • SSM Health (Pfizer only)
    Call 405.273.5801 to schedule an appointment with the Vaccine Clinic.
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart