Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus on Campus

OCU is concerned about your health

University officials are closely monitoring this evolving global public health situation. We remain committed to keeping our OCU community informed about the university’s actions and the best way to stay healthy as events continue to develop. While the threat to our campus community remains low, we will communicate as quickly as possible if there are developments in Southern Indiana or on campus. Below, are commonly asked questions regarding COVID-19, how it might affect the Oakland City University community, and resources for additional information.

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HEERF/CARES Act Reporting

Oakland City University continues to monitor the impact COVID-19 is having on the OCU community.

In an effort to assist students with the financial impact resulting from the disruption to their educational program due to the pandemic, Dr. Dempsey signed and returned to the U. S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement required for OCU to receive a portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Included in the agreement is the assurance that the institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to qualifying Title IV students.

For more information, please download the most recent update.

Our Response to the Pandemic

Cleaning and Sanitizing —

  • Hire additional housekeeping personnel.
  • Deep clean common areas and first year residence hall bathrooms daily.
  • Students will assist in cleaning their spaces in classrooms before and after class.
  • All residence hall “high touch” surfaces will be sanitized twice a day.

Social Distancing & Masks —

  • All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks when entering all OCU buildings in compliance with Indiana’s executive order mandate.
  • Masks must be worn while teaching, engaging in meetings, and interacting with others in closed indoor spaces.
  • Signs will be posted around campus to remind all to practice social distancing, sanitize, and wear masks.
  • As a Christian University, we must demonstrate care and respect for others when it comes to the use of masks.
  • Dining services will have personnel serve food to reduce handling of items and tables will be spaced appropriately.

Monitoring —

  • All faculty and staff will self-monitor their temperature and health condition each day.
  • All student-athletes (65% of the student population) will have their temperatures taken each day.
  • Temperature stations will be located in our two high-traffic buildings.

Responding —

  • If a student, faculty, or staff demonstrate high fever or other symptomatic signs, they will report to the OCU campus nurse.
  • The campus nurse will make an assessment of the individual and recommend next steps.
  • If testing is needed, then the Gibson County Health department will be contacted, and the individual will be provided means of obtaining a test.
  • If quarantine is necessary, the individual may choose to quarantine at home or we will have a quarantine space on campus in a separate wing of our residence hall.
  • OCU will work with local health officials on contact tracing.

If you have further questions about OCU’s response, please contact Mr. Clint Woolsey (cwoolsey@oak.edu), Vice President for Administration or Ms. Patty Endicott (pendicott@oak.edu), Compliance Officer at 812-749-1246.

COVID-19 Dashboard*

4/5/2021 for 3/39/2021**

Quarantine/Isolation

 Quarantined or Isolation
Main Campus Students*
*Includes Resident & Commuter Students
0
APS Students 0
Main Campus/APS Employees 0
Other Employee 0

 

Test Results

Positive Test Results
Previous 7 Days
Negative Test Results
Previous 7 Days
Main Campus Students*
*Includes Resident & Commuter Students
0 0
APS Students 0 0
Main Campus/APS Employees 0 0
Other Employee 0 0

 

*Daily numbers as reported to covidresponse@oak.edu
**Updated Daily by 9:00AM, for totals through 5:00PM the previous day (M-F).