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Ouachita Coronavirus Information

As Ouachita navigates the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this page will be updated with the most current information for the campus community. Drawing on the guidance of the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials regarding COVID-19, Ouachita staff and faculty continue to monitor the situation and adjust as needed to protect the health of the campus community.

 

Members

  • 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

Charge

  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

 

1

Total Current Active Cases

0 Students
1 Employee

84

Cumulative Positive Cases

2021-2022 Academic Year

0

Total Currently Quarantined

0 Students
0 Employees

 

67%

Students Fully
Vaccinated

92%

Employees Fully
Vaccinated

 

Ouachita is dedicated to transparency in educating and reporting on COVID-19 as part of our commitment to the health of our campus community. Data will be updated here weekly. On-campus testing is available for the campus community by appointment in the Office of Health Services. Case numbers and vaccination rates are tracked by Ouachita’s Office of Health Services and include members of our residential student population (about 1,500) and on-campus faculty and staff members. Vaccination rates reflect the number of students and benefits-eligible employees (about 330) who have turned in their records to the Office of Health Services as part of the university's vaccine grant and bonus program (current data is from Nov. 5, 2021).

Case data published here began Aug. 11, 2021, and was last updated at 4 p.m. Nov. 16, 2021. 

Fall 2021

current protocols

Last year, Ouachita implemented many protocols to encourage its students, faculty and staff to “Take Care, Tigers.” Thanks to our community’s collective work and commitment, we were able to continue in-person classes all year. In this year’s improved COVID-19 environment, including widespread access to vaccines, we hope to maintain fewer mandated restrictions while continuing our community’s commitment to mutual respect and care.

See more about Fall protocols

 

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WASH HANDS

Clean your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer stations are available across campus.

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MASKS OPTIONAL

Masks are optional on Ouachita's campus with the exception of select classes.

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KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

Keeping a 6-foot distance from others indoors helps limit the spread.

 

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Take Care, Tigers

Respect for self, respect for others and respect for Ouachita's Christian mission define how our community learns, works and lives together in ordinary times – and even more so in the extraordinary pandemic context. As protocols are adjusted, members of the campus community are invited to continue to commit themselves to exercising healthy discretion in their behaviors and habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the local community.  

Questions?

If you have a question or concern that isn’t addressed here, complete the following form to submit it for consideration. Form submissions may not each receive individual responses.

 

 

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