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Welcome Back and COVID Updates

Published January 04, 2022

Happy New Year, HSC Colleagues!

As we welcome the new year and prepare for the Spring 2022 semester, we remain mindful of the impact COVID-19 is having on our campus and surrounding communities. We have the unique opportunity and responsibility to make a difference by modeling the behaviors that have proven to reduce the spread of COVID, like masking on campus and getting vaccinated. COVID infection rates continued to climb during the winter break. In response, our health care enterprise clinics have moved to the CDC’s Contingency Capacity strategies to mitigate staffing shortages, and we are updating the following COVID policies for all OUHSC faculty, staff, students, trainees, and volunteers. These changes are effective January 5, 2022. We will continue to monitor relevant data and will adjust as needed.

Masking and Mask Guidance - Effective Until Further Notice

Cloth masks are no longer permitted in any indoor OU Health facilities or OUHSC facilities.

Because of the high likelihood that HSC faculty, staff, students, trainees, and volunteers will interact with patients or health care providers, even in non-patient care areas, HSC faculty, staff, students, trainees, and volunteers must wear paper surgical or KN95 masks (or N95s, as appropriate to their assigned duties) in all indoor HSC facilities. Building coordinators will ensure paper surgical and KN95 masks are available in all HSC buildings at the main entrances. Managers may continue to request masks for individuals in their areas by usingthis form. Please ask patients and visitors to comply with this updated policy as well.

In-Person Meetings, Events, and Classes - Effective Through January 31

  • Where possible, in-person meetings should be replaced with electronic meetings (e.g., Zoom, Teams) or conference calls. When in-person meetings are necessary, masks are required, food may not be served, and social distancing is recommended.
  • Campus events scheduled for January should be submitted as soon as possible to the HSC EOC for review of COVID protocols 
    ( or, even if previously submitted. 
  • Food is not permitted at indoor events but may be provided as take-away as guests leave. 
  • Faculty are asked to be flexible in addressing the needs of students who are quarantining due to COVID. While this may include providing electronic access to live or recorded lectures at the faculty member’s discretion, faculty should not move in-person courses to a fully online format without direction from their dean.


Remote Work - Effective Through January 31

Managers may offer remote work options where possible and appropriate, particularly for employees who are quarantining due to COVID. Continuity of business operations is essential, and service to our students and patients should remain a priority. Approval for January remote or hybrid work arrangements is at the discretion of the supervisor and will not require HR approval at this time. 


Vaccine Requirement Reminders

OUHSC Facilities - Faculty, staff, students, trainees, and volunteers with patient-facing responsibilities at OUHSC facilities must be fully vaccinated by January 4.

OU Health Facilities - Faculty, staff, students, trainees, and volunteers who provide services in or participate in training or educational activities at OU Medicine facilities must also comply with the OUH vaccine policy.





You may also contact OU Human Resources at or (405) 271-2180 for HSC programs employees.