Free OU branded facial masks

Oakland University will be providing a branded face mask to everyone with a current “GrizzCard” — students, staff and faculty will be required to wear a face covering while on campus. 

Those campus affiliates can retrieve their mask between Monday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 7 or Monday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Aug. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in The Habitat of the Oakland Center. Attendees will be expected to social distance while waiting and show their Grizz ID to obtain their OU mask. There will be additional dates for mask distribution announced once the school year begins. 

After announcing a hybrid learning approach for the 2020-2021 school year, Oakland University has began flexing the campus environment to meet state guidelines. Ensuring everyone is safe will include a black cotton mask with two white OU logos printed on it. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) “affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19.” If the campus community “universally” wears face coverings, then there’s projected to be a “reduced” spread of COVID-19 on campus. 

Anyone in the campus community who chooses to wear their own mask is still welcome. Oakland University’s announcement reinstated that facial masks (branded or homemade) will be required in public spaces on campus for health safety, but official masks will also “promote Golden Grizzlies community pride.”