On April 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced new guidelines regarding people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please remember that you are "fully vaccinated" two weeks after you receive your final dose of COVID vaccine.

To follow the new CDC recommendations, we are announcing the following revisions to OWU's COVID-19 Safe Campus Guidelines.

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask or socially distance while outdoors if you are alone or in a group of fewer than 50 people. Anyone who is unvaccinated must still wear a mask and remain 6 feet apart from others at all times while indoors or outdoors.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you will be exempted from our regular campus testing for at least 90 days - and perhaps longer pending further CDC guidance.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you will not need to quarantine if you are exposed to the virus, as long as you are asymptomatic.

The following policies are not changing at this time.

  • All individuals (vaccinated and unvaccinated) must continue to wear masks and remain socially distanced while outdoors while in groups larger than 50 people and at all times indoors. (Employees may remove their mask if they are alone in their office, and students may remove their mask if they are in their room alone or only their roommate is present.)
  • Group sizes when indoors must remain at 10 people or fewer.
  • When eating around others indoors, you should only remove your mask while actively eating or drinking, and put your mask back on when you are not.
  • Spring varsity and club athletes will continue to be tested in compliance with NCAA requirements for their sport regardless of their vaccination status.

If you are a student who has received your final COVID-19 vaccine, please send a copy of your vaccination documentation to covid19@owu.edu. It's important that OWU is able to know the number and percentage of students who have been vaccinated so we can determine when it is safe to adjust COVID safety guidelines.

Thank you for all you are doing to keep the campus community safe and healthy. And if you have received your COVID vaccinations, come to the information desk on the 1st floor of HWCC and pick up a Bishop "I Got My Shot" sticker!