Resources for Oglethorpe students, faculty and staff

Petrel Pledge & COVID-19 Handbook

The Petrel Pledge is a shared responsibility and commitment to the health and well-being of the Oglethorpe community.

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 will be 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 (PACAs).



  • Oglethorpe Counseling Center is offering virtual appointments: While in-person sessions are no longer doable, that doesn’t mean the counseling center isn’t there for you. Dr. Fuller and team are still available for virtual appointments. Can’t access a computer or find a private space to chat? Let the counseling team know and they can help navigate other modes of communication. During these extraordinary times, the Counseling Center is suspending session limits. Even if you have surpassed the limit – the counseling center is available to you!
  • The reason Zoom calls drain your energy
  • ActiveMinds: has posted recordings and summaries of webinars for students regarding emotional wellness during COVID-19 which are now available in this post and in Active Minds’ Remote Resources Hub. Weekly “live” mental health events for students and other audiences will be posted as well.
  • Mindfulness and meditation: are practices people can use to remain grounded during times of turmoil. Apps like Headspace, Eternal Sunshine, Calm, and UCLA Mindful are just a few that we’ve tried and found helpful.
  • Spirituality: We found this resource overwhelmingly insightful and might be helpful during this time: Harvard Divinity School Spiritual Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Physical Wellness: For a quick evening sweat after a full day, Planet Fitness is live streaming free “Work-ins” at 7 p.m. every day on Facebook. Accompanied by trainers and the occasional celebrity guest, visitors can anticipate basic 20-minute workouts to get the blood flowing after a day working from the at-home desk. Other fitness companies/apps like DownDog, Peloton, Nike Training Club, FitOn, YogaWorks, and Les Mills are also offering free services for students and teachers.
  • Webinars/resources for staying productive and managing stress.


  • Check OUConnect for upcoming virtual events and programs.