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 was phased out Aug. 2, 2021.
Through January 31
Managers are asked to use their discretion in instituting operational changes for their units to ensure workplace continuity and service offerings, and to make all reasonable efforts to assist staff members whose circumstances put them at unique risk to the virus. Managers may contact Human Resources at email@example.com for additional guidance.
Remote Work for purposes unrelated to COVID-19 that is otherwise consistent with the university’s guidelines is not affected. The current Remote Work Policy guidelines are available here.
Employee Accommodations – Employees who may qualify for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act or have a medical reason to work remotely may request accommodations through Human Resources.
OU Faculty, Staff, and Student Screening – Employees and students in Norman campus programs are strongly encouraged to complete the Passport through the Healthy Together app before participating in any on- or off-campus activity or responsibility each time the answer to the questions below would be YES. The Healthy Together app is available for Android and iOS devices. The employee or student will be notified through the app of their screening results and should follow the instructions for what to do next. More information about the Healthy Together app is available here.
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 on the Norman campus are expected to complete the Healthy Together Passport whenever the answer to any of the following questions is YES.
2. Individuals on the Norman campus 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.
If you are:
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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.
Consistent with current CDC recommendations, the university strongly encourages the entire OU community to get vaccinated and receive a booster. COVID-19 vaccines are available to all students, faculty, and staff on all three OU campuses at no cost to the individual.
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.
For questions about vaccination requirements, contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the university has eliminated its social distancing protocols in all areas except patient care and clinical research participant settings, it is still strongly recommended.
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 current guidance on masking, Oklahoma state law, and the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Oklahoma, OU has adopted the following masking protocols for the Norman Campus.
Through January 31
Due to supply chain challenges around testing availability, and the need for vaccine boosters to be optimally protected from the virus, masking remains one of our best mitigation strategies. As has been our policy since the start of Fall 2021, masking will continue to be expected in all indoor settings for all faculty, staff, and students.
For the first two weeks of the semester (through January 31) masking will be required in classroom settings. Beginning February 1, 2022, the Norman campus will revert to the Fall 2021 masking guidance, which is listed below, and encourages masking in the classroom and requires masking for a two-week quarantine period when a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in the class is identified.
While cloth masks are still permissible, the university strongly recommends the use of KN95 masks or disposable surgical masks as they provide far greater amounts of protection against Omicron. KN95 and disposable surgical masks will be made available to OU community members. Campus Safety will provide masks to building supervisors to be made available at all entrances.
To the extent possible, in-person meetings should be replaced with virtual meetings (e.g., Zoom, Teams) or conference calls. When in-person meetings are necessary, masks are expected and social distancing is recommended.
Fall 2021 Masking Guidance
General Facilities – OU community members are expected to mask indoors, especially in high-density settings, such as classrooms and at special events when not eating or drinking.
Health Care Facilities – All individuals in patient-facing settings, including clinical research participant areas and facilities where patient care is a primary function must wear a mask.
OU Health Sciences Center programs will coordinate masking requirements with hospital and clinic partners, as appropriate.
Transportation – Passengers on transit buses and shuttles must wear a mask due to Department of Transportation mandates.
Classrooms – Resuming February 1, should there be a confirmed COVID-19 positive case in class, the class will continue meeting in-person, but masking will be required for 2 weeks during the quarantine period.
Masks must cover the individual’s nose and mouth. Bandanas, scarves, gaiters, buffs, and the like are not acceptable. Non-medical grade masks that have exhalation valves with or without filters (such as this) may not be worn on campus unless a surgical-style mask is worn over it.
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.
Positive Tests – Employees and students who test positive should complete the Passport through the Healthy Together app.
Please refer to Section II for information regarding monitoring for symptoms and mandatory reporting.