Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Fall 2021 Semester Updates
The university announced updates to COVID-19 protocols that are effective July 29, 2021. While OLLU is not requiring students, faculty and staff to receive the vaccine, it is strongly recommended.
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 weekly or more frequently if needed. Free testing is currently available from the Curative kiosk in Parking Lot K. Home tests will not be accepted. The online system for uploading 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 submit weekly test results but may be asked to take part in random COVID-19 testing periodically. An announcement will be sent out when the online system for uploading vaccination records is available.
Vaccinated individuals should return to wearing masks indoors (when unable to isolate) as recommended by the CDC . While this is not mandated, this recommendation is designed to help protect our community from the current surge.
There is no change to guidance for unvaccinated individuals – they are required to
wear masks indoors (except when isolated) and should continue to follow CDC guidelines for face coverings
and social distancing
Social Distancing/Room Capacities
Social distancing requirements and capacity restrictions will be lifted for vaccinated individuals in campus spaces with the exception of classrooms. In classrooms, capacities will be set based on three-feet social distancing. All other spaces will return to normal, pre-COVID-19 capacity numbers. Social distancing floor decals will be removed. All plexiglass dividers will remain in place at this time.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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