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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

UPDATED 8-10-2021
1:45 p.m.

Fall 2021 Semester Updates

The university announced updates to COVID-19 protocols that are effective Aug. 10, 2021. While OLLU is not requiring students, faculty and staff to receive the vaccine, it is strongly recommended

Masks/Face Coverings

Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases throughout Texas and in an effort to protect our community, OLLU is again requiring masks/face coverings for all individuals on our campuses -- both vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Face coverings must be worn in classrooms, hallways, meeting spaces and other common areas in accordance with CDC guidelines .

Vaccinations/Testing

At the start of the academic year, the university will begin requiring regular COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff who are attending classes, living or working on campus. The following are the testing requirements:

  • Individuals who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination or those who do not wish to share their vaccine status will need to submit results from a COVID-19 test regularly. Free testing is currently available from the Curative kiosk in Parking Lot K. The online system for reporting test results will be available at the start of the semester.
  • Individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccination and who share their status by uploading their vaccination record will not be required to regularly submit test results but may be asked to take part in random COVID-19 testing periodically. 
  • Students, faculty and staff can voluntarily share vaccine status with the university by using our online system for uploading your vaccine record .


Social Distancing/Room Capacities

Social distancing capacities in classrooms will be set based on three-feet social distancing. 

Individuals who are not vaccinated should continue to follow social distancing guidelines as set by the CDC and should work with faculty or supervisors to ensure distancing can be accommodated in classroom, office, or meeting spaces.
 

Self-Screening/Self-Reporting

All OLLU community members (vaccinated or unvaccinated) should continue to self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 but using the Campus Clear self-screening app will no longer be required. All members of the OLLU community also should continue to report COVID-positive diagnosis or close contact with someone who has received a COVID-19-positive diagnosis. The university will continue to do contact tracing.

*Note: Close contact is defined as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated." This is referred to as the 6-15-48 principle.
 

Campus Visitors

The university will return to normal/pre-COVID policies for visitors to campus; however, visitors should be asked to self-screen and should not come to campus if experiencing illness/symptoms.
 

University Business Travel

All COVID-based restrictions for business travel will be lifted. Any university sponsored international trips should be cleared by the division leader.
 

Residence Halls

Some COVID-19 restrictions will remain in place for the residence halls. Triple occupancy rooms will remain double occupancy and double occupancy rooms will remain single occupancy spaces. No more than two residents will share restroom space. Face coverings and social distancing will no longer be required for vaccinated individuals in the residence hall spaces. Additional Residence Hall policies, including those dealing with outside guests, will be communicated to resident students prior to move in.
 

International Students/Travelers

Individuals who will be traveling to campus from international locations will need to follow CDC guidelines for international travel. Resident international students will need to coordinate with the Residence Life Office for any quarantine or isolation requirements. 

Moving Forward

The university will reassess the need for weekly testing and face coverings on a regular basis and communicate updates to the community. 

Course delivery descriptions

The following provides more information on the course delivery types being offered:

  • On-Campus Face-to-Face (Lecture Course) is a class that allows students to attend in person in a classroom with a faculty member a minimum of one time a week. Classroom occupancy to maintain physical distancing has been established by the university and will be posted for each classroom.
  • Online (Online, WEB) is a class that students attend virtually with all instruction online; instruction is prepared using principles for online learning. The instruction may be delivered either synchronously during a scheduled class period or asynchronously allowing students to access it on their own time.
  • Hybrid (Part Lecture/Part Online) combines face-to-face classroom instruction with online activities; part of the instruction is delivered face-to-face in class, and the other part is delivered through online instruction. This approach reduces the amount of seat time in a traditional face-to-face course and moves more of the course delivery online.
  • Hy-Flex (Part Lecture/Part Online) allows half the class to attend in person while the other half attends remotely; all students attend class at the same time (synchronously) whether in person or online. The instructor provides structure, content, and activities to meet the needs of students participating both in class and online simultaneously.  

Important Note: We understand the stress and uncertainty caused by the  pandemic. No matter what type of course you are in, faculty will be flexible and sensitive if you are unable to physically attend class for a period of because you must quarantine or are ill. Hybrid and hy-flex instruction can easily accommodate students who need to switch to fully online delivery. This simply requires a request to/conversation with your faculty member.

Five tips for success in online classes

Most OLLU classes are online or have an online component this semester. Visit this link for five tips to help ensure your success in online classes .

Tips for adjusting to college life during the pandemic

OLLU college life looks somewhat different due to the effects of COVID-19. Visit this link for tips on adjusting to college life during the pandemic .

 

Additional assistance/information

If you need additional assistance, please contact studentsuccess@ollusa.edu.

 

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