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OUAZ News & Updates

This is your one-stop location for all news and updates happening for our return to campus this fall on the Ottawa University campus in Surprise, Arizona. This year, we have created specific documents that include important information for all current and new students. 

Updates will be made regularly to this page in the sections below by area. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact Student Affairs.

Definitions: (Maricopa County, Arizona)     

Updated: July 8, 2020

  • Wearing face masks will be REQUIRED of all faculty and students in EVERY classroom.
  • Where possible, we will adhere to social distancing in the classroom.
  • Tables and desktops will be more regularly wiped down and disinfected.
  • After the Thanksgiving holiday break, all on-ground courses will transition to a virtual environment for the remainder of the Fall 2 and Fall Combined terms, allowing students to complete the semester from a distance.  Class days and class times will remain the same as they were in the on-ground format.

Updated: July 8, 2020

Ottawa University (OUAZ) will adhere to all requirements outlined in the Fall 2020 Guidelines and Recommendations published by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). 

  • August 15 is the first day that all sport teams are allowed to practice.
  • Athletes will be screened each day that a practice or team activity occurs.
  • For athletic competitions, all athletes are required to be screened within 6 hours of the beginning of a contest.
  • All athletes must receive a negative PCR test no more than 5 days prior to the first competition.
  • If an athlete’s test returns a positive result, the athlete will be required to follow the CDC guidelines on self-isolating.  After the fever is gone for 72 hours or more without a fever reducing agent and at least 10 days has passed since the first symptom appeared, a second COVID-19 test is recommended to confirm a negative status before a physician can release the student back to campus. 
  • All shared equipment must be wiped down before and after practice.
  • Social distancing will be practiced whenever possible.
  • Athletes should limit travel to avoid potential exposure.

Updated: October 30, 2020

October 30 - CARES Act Reporting (quarterly)

Maricopa County Arizona Department of Public Health Update

Updated: July 8, 2020

MASK REQUIREMENTS ON CAMPUS - All students will need a mask when they are on campus this fall, as there will be multiple places/events in which wearing face coverings WILL BE REQUIRED. It is recommended that students bring their own masks, but there will be cloth masks for purchase in the Fan Shop. For the safety of all staff, students, and families, masks will be required to be worn during the Fall semester Check-In events and entrance into the buildings on campus will only be allowed to those who have passed a screening (which will include a temperature check).  Look for more information about our Check-In days and times at .


  • We have expanded our sanitation and custodial services to include
    • regular deep cleaning of all facilities
    • increased surface cleaning and more frequent cleaning of “high touch” areas
    • an increase in the number of public hand sanitizers
    • personal hand sanitizer for each employee
  • Where possible, we will adhere to Social distancing.
  • Large group gatherings, when possible, will be limited.
  • Students are encouraged to monitor and report any symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • Access to buildings will be limited to those people who pass a screening.
  • There are increased safety measures for visitors and guests on campus.
  • All water fountains, except “bottle filling” fountains, will be turned off.
  • A student who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate until at least 10 days have passed since the first symptoms appeared.  Additionally, after the fever is gone for 72 hours or more without a fever reducing agent, a second COVID-19 test is recommended to confirm a negative status before a physician can release the student from self-isolation.
  • A student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or who has been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, must quarantine and must be tested for COVID-19.  The student will be released from quarantine if the test result is negative.

Updated: July 8, 2020

  • OUAZ will be following the CDC, Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), and American Dining Creations (ADC) guidelines on food safety and services.
  • There will be a limit to the number of people who are allowed to be in the cafeteria at one time.
  • When inside the cafeteria facemasks must be worn at all times EXCEPT when eating.
  • No lounging in the cafeteria will be permitted.
  • Packaged condiments will replace the pump containers.
  • Salt and pepper shakers will be replaced by packets.
  • All plates and utensils to be distributed with meals by the ADC staff.
  • Only the ADC staff will be permitted to serve meals (no self-serve).
  • Spacing of tables and limits to the number of seats at a table will be employed to ensure that social distancing is being followed.
  • Social distancing markers, spaced by 6 feet, will be placed on the floor in locations where lines are anticipated.

Updated: July 8, 2020

  • We have reduced the “on campus” Orientation to only two days (August 22nd and 23rd ) .
  • Where possible, we will be organizing virtual sessions in which components of Orientation can be conducted.
  • We will be limiting large group activities and sessions when possible.
  • Prior to arriving on campus for Check-In, all students should
    • complete the required forms
    • work with an academic advisor to register for courses
    • work with Financial Aid and Accounts Receivable to be financially cleared
  • All students and guests will be required to wear masks and practice appropriate social distancing during Check-In and Orientation.

Updated: July 8, 2020

  • Masks must be worn inside Scholars Hall except when inside a suite (no masks needed when inside the suite).
  • All residents at the cottages must adhere to all policies established by the Communities on Greenway when they are outside.
  • A maximum of 6 persons will be allowed inside a 2-bedroom suite/cottage and 3 persons inside a 1-bedroom suite/cottage at any given time.
  • The ONLY visitors permitted in suites and cottages will be other OUAZ students.
  • There will be no game playing and no congregating in the lounge areas and in the main lobby.
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