COVID-19 Update: 11/4/20

The latest update from the COVID-19 Task Force:

Academic planning

Registration for both J-Term 2021 and Spring 2021 has been pushed back from its original intended start date. Registration for these academic terms will begin on November 16. Students should see updated registration dates in their OASIS accounts soon.

The newly announced J-Term 2021 will be delivered remotely and run from January 7 through February 4. The spring semester will begin February 8 with final exams concluding May 18. 

Details can be found in last week’s email announcement. View the latest academic calendars


Power outages last week paused random testing among on-campus residents, but testing is resuming this week. There is one confirmed active case of COVID-19 on campus. That individual was tested off campus and is now in quarantine on campus. Five close contacts were identified through contact tracing. Four of these contacts are in quarantine on campus and one is in quarantine off campus. Those individuals have been or are being tested and will remain in quarantine as they await their test results. Since the start of the semester, there have been five unique positive COVID-19 tests confirmed among those living on campus.

The COVID-19 Task Force continues to make plans for testing a larger population on campus this spring. The likely plan will include a mass baseline test for returning to campus, random testing through the semester, and regular wastewater testing that will detect the presence of the virus in each building and assist with targeted testing.

View the latest updates on the COVID-19 Dashboard


Low-density housing will continue on campus this spring. Students will not be required to live on campus. The low-density housing model allows for one person per room and up to two students sharing a bathroom. Move-in for students living on campus this spring will take place February 7. 

Housing for the J-Term will not be available due to an all remote schedule.

Additional details can be found in the recent email announcement, and more information will follow from Residence Life. 

Health and Wellness

It’s important that everyone take the time to support themselves and others during the ongoing pandemic. Please remember that you can schedule counseling sessions with the Counseling Center. Additionally, please refer to the following resources from the JED Foundation: Press Pause and the Staying Engaged with Mental Health Student Toolkit.

Those living on campus are reminded to check in and complete the self-health check on the LifeguardRx mobile app once per day. On-campus residents are also reminded that no outside guests are permitted at this time. 


Stay connected by participating in upcoming virtual events, which can be found on OU Connect. Virtual events and programs continue to be added regularly.