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.”

Additionally, the introduction of social pods, known as “Petrel Pods,” is set to take place for on-campus residents, allowing these students to expand their social circle. View the Petrel Pod policy below.

The COVID-19 Task Force also released a Campus Protection Guide that introduced three protection phases for campus operations. Oglethorpe is currently operating under the red phase, with campus being closed with limited exceptions and delivering fully remote instruction.


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!


Flu Vaccinations

All members of the Oglethorpe community who plan to be in person this spring will need to get a flu vaccine as part of the Petrel Pledge initiative. All residents will need a flu vaccination by the start of classes on February 8, 2021. Those who need religious and/or medical exemptions or those who are studying remotely and will not be accessing campus for the entire spring 2021 academic semester are exempt.

Maintaining routine vaccinations can help prevent illnesses, reduce the stress on the healthcare system, and protect at-risk populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Retail pharmacies such as Publix, Costco, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Kroger, and Walmart offer flu shots at no cost with most insurance types.