Petrel Pledge & Handbook

A shared responsibility and commitment to the health and well-being of the Oglethorpe community

COVID-19 Handbook

The COVID-19 Handbook outlines the new protocols, policies, and procedures for a COVID-conscious campus environment.  Members of the OU community are expected to adhere to the handbook as part of their “Petrel Pledge.”

The COVID-19 Task Force also released a Campus Protection Guide that introduced three protection phases for campus operations. Oglethorpe is operating in the orange phase of its Campus Protection Guide in Spring 2021. Campus is open only to on-campus residents, commuter students attending classes on campus, and authorized personnel. These individuals are known as Petrels Authorized for Campus Access (PACA).


Petrel Pledge

As Oglethorpe University continues the 2020-2021 academic year, we are reminded of the extraordinary changes occurring at Oglethorpe and around the world in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

These changes affect everyone’s lives, creating anxiety, fear, confusion, and frustration. 

And while we are not all together on campus, we are together in spirit. Our community is what makes Oglethorpe special.

The threat of COVID-19 cannot be ignored. A shared commitment to the health and well-being of every member of our Oglethorpe community—especially those with compromised health, communities of color, and older populations—is imperative. That responsibility lies with everyone—students, staff and faculty alike.

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

Practice care for 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.

By practicing these social guidelines both on-campus and at home, members of the Oglethorpe community can work together to protect the health of themselves and others – and enable us to reunite our entire community. 

We are in this together. Like true Stormy Petrels, we will rise to face this challenge and persevere. Nescit Cedere!

Petrel Pause

To prepare for the start of the spring semester, Petrels Authorized for Campus Access (PACAs) must observe the “Petrel Pause” from January 25 – February 22 as part of their Petrel Pledge. During this time, you should refrain from participating in social gatherings and other high-risk activities, and strictly limit yourself to essential travel. This period accounts for the two weeks prior to the semester and the first two weeks of the semester. This period of enhanced social distancing is critical in reducing the risk of spread of COVID-19 among the campus community, as the beginning of the semester will be the highest risk period for uncontained spread.