COVID-19 Update: 4/29/21

The Petrel Pause period of enhanced social distancing for Petrels Authorized for Campus Access (PACAs) was lifted yesterday, as originally scheduled. Cases have since stabilized, with only three active cases among campus residents and no known active cases among commuters. Two of the three cases will end their isolation tomorrow. Check the COVID-19 dashboard for the latest activity.

The COVID-19 Task Force wants to thank all of the PACAs for their observance of the Petrel Pause. Everyone’s commitment to our policies over the past two weeks has helped us navigate the brief increase in COVID-19 cases. Still, with the prevalence of new variants, it is important for everyone to continue to abide by the latest public health guidelines and the policies in the COVID-19 Handbookregardless of vaccination status. We all share a commitment to the health and well-being of everyone in the Oglethorpe community as we aim to finish the semester strong!


  • PACAs must continue to check in daily on the LifeguardRx app to log any potential symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • PACAs are also required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing if notified by Please bring an ID and insurance card if possible.
  • PACAs must continue to abide by the policies in the COVID-19 Handbook, and violations may result in students being removed from campus for the remainder of the academic year.

Additionally, as the end of the semester nears, we want students to feel as comfortable as possible about heading home and limiting the risk of COVID-19 exposure for their families and communities. If you are a residential or commuter student interested in voluntary COVID-19 testing from May 10-May 18, please sign up here.

You will receive more information closer to your testing date and once you have signed up.

Summer 2021

The COVID-19 Task Force is working on policies for residents and commuters taking classes on campus this summer. Please continue to check your OU email and the COVID-19 website for the updated COVID-19 Handbook for summer 2021. 

For 2021 and 2020 graduates

Class of 2021 and Class of 2020 graduates should have received an email and reminders in their OU email with details on how to RSVP and request tickets for commencement through Eventbrite. Each graduate can request up to three tickets, and tickets must be secured through the graduate. The deadline to RSVP and request tickets is May 3.

The university’s COVID-19 protocols will be in effect for the ceremony, including required face-coverings for all attendees—regardless of vaccination status. Seating will be arranged to allow for necessary social distancing.

Commencement ceremonies for both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 are scheduled as follows:

  • Class of 2021 Commencement: Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 9 a.m.
  • Class of 2020 Commencement: Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Visit the commencement website for the latest details regarding commencement.

COVID-19 vaccine

All individuals 16 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia. Additional information can be found on the Georgia Department of Public Health website. All PACAs are expected to continue following the policies outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook, regardless of vaccination status, until further notice.

Please note that the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for those who are 16 and 17 years old.

Help limit the spread

The increase in cases experienced among the PACA community recently were primarily the result of COVID-19 conduct violations, and further failure to follow public health guidelines such as proper mask-wearing and social distancing. 

Violating any of the policies outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook can result in conduct violations, and ultimately, removal from campus. Individuals can and should report COVID-19 violations, incidents or concerns anonymously at