COVID-19 Update: 9/2/20

The latest update from the Oglethorpe COVID-19 Task Force:

The start of the semester is nearly here. On campus residents will be moving in at the end of the week, and classes begin in less than a week. It is more important than ever that the entire Oglethorpe community commit to the health and well-being of themselves and others as a new academic year begins. Remember, wear a face covering, wash and sanitize your hands regularly, avoid large gatherings and continue to social distance. We’re in this together, Petrels!

COVID-19 Handbook

Earlier this week, the Oglethorpe COVID-19 Task Force shared its COVID-19 Handbook. The COVID-19 Handbook outlines the new protocols, policies and procedures for a COVID-conscious campus environment. This pertains primarily to on campus residents and those conducting business on campus, but the guidelines in the handbook are a useful resource for best practices off campus as well. We ask all members of the campus community to please review the COVID-19 Handbook.

Petrel Pledge

Students, faculty and staff are also asked to take the Petrel Pledge. Shared in conjunction with the COVID-19 Handbook, the Petrel Pledge is a shared responsibility and commitment to the health and well-being of the Oglethorpe community. This applies to those both on and off campus.

To uphold this shared responsibility, members of the Oglethorpe community are asked to pledge to:

  • Practice care of individual health, as well as the health of others.
  • Demonstrate respect and compassion for fellow Petrels.
  • Adhere to public health guidelines and the policies in the COVID-19 Handbook.

Learn more about the Petrel Pledge.

Expanded Counseling Services

The Counseling Center has also expanded its services and welcomed new staff in preparation for Fall 2020. These services can help students navigate the “new normal” as it pertains to COVID-19 and its impact. Consultations are now available via email at, and appointments will be conducted via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Beginning September 8, drop-in hours will be available to students who want to inquire about services. New this year, students have the ability to schedule appointments and make inquiries via voicemail and text. Learn more in this recent story, and visit for more information.

Additional Services

Although the campus is physically closed to students living off campus, students may still access campus services and staff through email. Employees are working office hours remotely.

LifeguardRx Mobile App

On campus students will receive an invitation to join the screening program from Lifeguard tomorrow. All residential students should follow the link to sign up, register and thoroughly read through the email for full instructions and tips. This email will come from Oglethorpe Health Information ( Details for the wider campus community will follow at a later time.