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Ouachita Coronavirus Information

As Ouachita navigates the Fall 2020 semester in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this page will be updated with the most current information for the campus community. Following the guidance of the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials regarding COVID-19, Ouachita staff and faculty have spent countless hours over the last few months adjusting protocols and physical spaces on campus to protect the health of the campus community; we'll continue to monitor the situation and adjust as needed throughout the semester.



  • Dr. Wesley Kluck, vice president for student development and university physician – chair

  • Tyrese Allen, Student Senate president

  • Dr. Byron Eubanks, chair of the Department of Philosophy and director of the Sutton Center for Integrity

  • Tim Harrell, director of student life

  • Caitlin Hetzel, director of housing and assistant director of residence life

  • Dr. Tim Knight, dean of the Patterson School of Natural Sciences

  • Missy Lewis, compliance officer and IT Services project coordinator

  • Sherri Phelps, director of human resources

  • Rickey Rogers, dean of students and director of residence life

  • David Sharp, director of athletics

  • James Taylor, director of campus ministries

  • Molly Wallace, director of health services

  • Brooke Zimny, assistant to the president for communications & marketing – ex officio


  1. Be current with public health guidance and practices, especially as they relate to institutions of higher education.

  2. Give direction and recommendations for applying public health guidance/practices to Ouachita’s leadership groups; faculty, staff, and students; and sponsored activities.

  3. Serve as a sounding board for the university community on public health practices and recommendations that are in place.

Ouachita COVID-19 Data

Ouachita carefully tracked COVID-19 cases on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year, conducting on-campus testing and contact tracing to quickly identify and minimize cases. Cases and other data were reported each weekday on this page for the entire academic year; data was collected from June 1, 2020, to May 7, 2021. On-campus testing is still available for the campus community by appointment in the Office of Health Services.


Total Tests Administered


Cumulative Positive Cases


Testing Center Positivity Rate


Summer & Fall 2021

current protocols

With the conclusion of the academic year and beginning of summer, Ouachita has adopted a mask-optional policy on campus, with physical distancing still encouraged. We anticipate a “normal” semester this fall, with classrooms returning to their typical locations with masks optional throughout campus and other COVID-19 resources such as on-campus testing, hand sanitizer stations and more again available to the campus community. A COVID-19 vaccine is strongly encouraged but not required for employees and students. Ouachita’s Health Monitoring and Action Team will meet to confirm fall plans in July in light of the COVID-19 environment at that time.

See more about Summer & Fall protocols


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Clean your hands frequently, with soap and water when possible, washing for 20 seconds. Take advantage of hand sanitizer stations across campus throughout the day, especially before and after eating or being in a public area.

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Masks are optional on Ouachita’s campus. They are encouraged when indoors in a setting where distancing is not possible and all present have not been fully vaccinated or vaccination status of those present is unknown.

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As COVID-19 primarily spreads from indoor person-to-person contact, keeping a 6-foot distance from others is encouraged indoors unless those present are fully vaccinated.



Community Pledge

All members of the campus community are invited to commit themselves to the protocols in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus through personal responsibility. Ouachita's Community COVID-19 Pledge outlines the commitments we will each be dedicated to during the pandemic.


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