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September 14, 2021

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Please see the following updates for this week on campus. In addition, I wanted to take a moment to recognize the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15) and Yom Kippur (September 16).

Campus Life Updates

Please see the following updates from areas of Campus Life.

The VirtualCare Group

As an Oglethorpe student, you have free, unlimited access to doctors and therapists, plus on-demand crisis counseling 24/7/365. This service is sponsored by your Student Government Association. To sign-up for this free service, please visit The VirtualCare Group

In addition, The VirtualCare Group will be launching access to their psychiatric services soon. While not included within our current plan, access to this service provides a more time-efficient process at a reduced rate. This service is provided to students with or without insurance.

Get Involved

Please visit OUConnect to learn more about what is occurring on campus and how to join a club or organization!

Residence Life

To kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Residence Life team invites you to attend their Latinx Heritage Month Bash on Wednesday, September 15 at 6 p.m. in the Residential Quad. This RA-led event will partner with the Student Health and Wellness Department to provide insight into the cultural heritage of the Latinx community through Latinx food, music, literature, games, and a raffle for free books. This event is your chance to experience a semi-cultural immersed residential event!

Student Involvement

Please join Student Involvement for their upcoming Food Truck Friday, September 24 from Noon-2 p.m. and for their upcoming Multicultural Resource Fair on Tuesday, September 28 from 6-8 p.m. in the TLCC.

Greek Life

Recruitment is COMING!  To learn more about Oglethorpe Panhellenic Recruitment and to sign-up for their recruitment process, please go to the Oglethorpe Panhellenic website for more information. For information on other chapters and councils, please visit the Greek Life website page.

Student Wellness

Global Education

Career Development

Start your semester off right with these quick career tips from Career Development:

Student Government Association


Come and cheer on the Stormy Petrels this week!

University Updates

Here are some additional updates from around the university.


The university will be sending out weekly updates regarding COVID-19. To review previous announcements or to review additional information, please visit the Oglethorpe University COVID-19 website.

  • Please remember that face-coverings are required indoors on campus unless you are alone in your office or room, or while actively eating or drinking. Additional policies can be found in the COVID-19 Handbook, which has been updated for the Fall 2021 semester and was published last week at All members of the Oglethorpe community are expected to observe the policies and procedures outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook.
  • Individuals can and should report COVID-19 violations, incidents or concerns anonymously through this form, which can also be found at For students, reports will be addressed through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and may result in removal from campus. Reports pertaining to faculty and staff will be addressed through the appropriate human resource guidelines and may result in disciplinary action.

Vice President of Student Affairs

The university is in the final stages of interviewing for the Vice President of Student Affairs. During the search process, finalists will have the opportunity to hold open forums with students. These will occur on Monday and Wednesday of each interview day from 3:15-3:45 p.m. in a virtual setting. Please refer to your email from Dr. Rebecca Sandidge for more information on the candidates’ resumes and how to attend forums.

Campus Safety Update

Please see the following information pertaining to Campus Safety.

Petrel Passes

Petrel Passes are now made by Campus Safety. To request a new Petrel Pass, please email with a professional headshot of yourself (NO filters, hats, sunglasses, or other photo-altering edits), your full name, and your student ID number. Passes will be available for pickup at the TLCC Student Commons within 24-hours of the request, during weekdays.

If your Petrel Pass is not working either at the dining hall or at your residence hall, then please go to the TLCC Student Commons and inform them of the issue so that they can assist.

If you lose your Petrel Pass, please email to request a new one. A $15 replacement fee will be added to your student account for all lost or damaged Petrel Passes.

Door Unlocks in the Residence Halls

Each residential student receives two free door unlocks per semester. Subsequent door unlocks performed by Campus Safety or by Residence Life will result in a $15 fine. If your key or Petrel Pass is damaged, please inform the Office of Residence Life as soon as possible.


All first-year and transfer students should have received an email from EverFi asking them to log in and complete their required assessments. These are also coupled with several reminder emails. Please check your email inbox and spam box for the invitation email. If you have additional concerns, please feel free to email our Assistant Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Sari-Jai Walker. This does need to be completed by September 18, 2021.

Diversity/Equity and Inclusion

University Bookstore

The University Bookstore is OPEN! Please feel free to stop by and purchase all of your Stormy Petrel gear! Students are also able to purchase their books and other course materials through the online portal. Materials purchased online can be shipped to your on-campus mailboxes, home or other addresses. Free economy shipping is available for over $35 or $5 flat UPS Ground.

MARTA Passes

The University Bookstore has monthly MARTA passes available for purchase for $68.50. A $30 discount from other vendors.

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