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 on a regular basis.
  • Students will assist in cleaning their spaces in classrooms before and after class.
  • All residence hall “high touch” surfaces will be sanitized regularly.
Social Distancing and Masks
  • All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wear masks on campus if it makes them feel more comfortable. Masks will only be required in accordance with any future mandate from the State of Indiana or the CDC.
  • Signs will be posted around campus to remind all to practice social distancing, sanitize, and wear masks when appropriate.
  • As a Christian University, we must demonstrate care and respect for others when it comes to the use of masks.
  • All faculty and staff will self-monitor their temperature and health condition each day.
  • All student-athletes will follow NAIA protocols, if any.
  • Temperature stations will be located in our two high-traffic buildings.
  • If a student, faculty, or staff demonstrate high fever or other Covid symptomatic signs, they should contact the Office for Student Life, Human Resources (Employees Only), or one of the Athletic Trainers (Athletes Only).
  • Student Life and Human Resource personnel will provide guidance to the individual which includes direction on how to obtain Covid-19 testing on campus or in their locality.
  • If quarantine is necessary, the individual may choose to quarantine at home or a designated quarantine space on campus will be made available in a residence hall.
  • OCU will work with local health officials on contact tracing.
  • Oakland City University continues to work with the Gibson County Health department for updates in responding to the prevalence of Covid-19 in our region.
  • OCU is working with Deaconess Health Systems to provide easier and cost effective access to medical personnel for our students and employees.
Further Information

If you have further questions about OCU’s response, please contact Mr. Clint Woolsey ([email protected]), Vice President for Administration, or Brad Knotts ([email protected]), Associate Vice President for Student Life.

Staying safe on campus with coronavirus

COVID-19 Dashboard*

10/21/2021 through 10/27/2021**

Test Results

Positive Test Results
Previous 7 Days
Main Campus Students*
*Includes Resident & Commuter Students
APS Students 0
Main Campus/APS Employees 4
Other Employee 0


*Weekly numbers as reported to [email protected] 
**Updated Weekly on Thursday for the previous Thursday through Wednesday.