Security & Emergency Regulations

Each student is responsible for the policies and regulations in both the catalog and the student handbook.


The ORU campus is private property. Any emergencies that arise (fire, theft, vandalism, etc.) are to be reported to the Department of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) immediately at 918.495.7750. DPSS will coordinate efforts with Student Development and necessary city departments and officials. If at any time, emergency personnel are present on campus, DPSS must be informed.

Emergency Evacuation — Individuals with Mobility Issues

Extraction Points—Evacuation Placards

Building evacuation placards are located on each floor of the buildings throughout the ORU campus. Generally, they are posted in close proximity to stairwells and elevators. One should take a moment and locate the Evacuation Placard nearest to areas that one frequents. In addition to providing routes for safe evacuation, Evacuation Placards serve as a collection point for individuals who may require assistance in vacating a building. In the event of an evacuation alarm, proceed to the nearest Evacuation Placard to obtain assistance.

If an alarm is sounded faculty/staff will immediately ask if there is anyone who requires transportation assistance. They will see that the individual is escorted to the closest Evacuation Placard.
Drills for emergency procedures are conducted periodically.
An alarm sounds if there is a fire in the residence hall. Students are to leave their rooms immediately, close their doors and use the staircases to leave the building. THEY MUST NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. The end doors of Claudius Roberts Hall, Ellis M. Roberts Hall and Gabrielle Hall are to be used for emergency exits only. Exterior fire escape stairways are only to be used in the event of an emergency.
Medical emergencies are to be handled by Student Development personnel. Decisions to transport a student by ambulance should involve the Dean of Student Development or the Vice President for Student Life. If an ambulance is needed, DPSS should be contacted immediately. DPSS will then arrange for an ambulance as well as a DPSS vehicle to escort the ambulance directly to the location. This is a prearranged agreement with the ambulance service in order to avoid the needless delay caused by searching through the campus. The student is financially responsible for all expenses related to ambulance service.
In case of a tornado or high-wind warning, students should immediately go to the basement of their buildings or the Hamill Student Center. Residents of Claudius Roberts Hall should go to the Hamill Student Center, Zoppelt Auditorium. Do not open windows. If time is short, go to the interior (away from windows) of the lowest floor possible. Students should take a pillow into the hall (closing the door as they exit), sit along the wall with knees to their chest and put their heads down with the pillow covering their heads to protect themselves from flying debris. Peak months for tornadic activity are March through August, though tornados could occur during any month. A tornado watch means that weather conditions are conducive for a tornado; stay tuned to a radio or TV for emergency updates. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted or may occur soon; seek shelter immediately.

Traffic and Parking Regulations

Each student is responsible for the policies and regulations in both the catalog and the student handbook.

General Information

The use of a motor vehicle on the ORU campus is a privilege. All vehicle regulations apply to staff, faculty, residential students, commuters and graduate students. The proper registration of a vehicle is the responsibility of the user and/or owner. Proof of ownership may be requested.

DPSS officers control campus traffic, and students are expected to comply with the requests or orders of these officials. Oral Roberts University assumes no responsibility for the protection or loss of any vehicle or its contents while on this property.

Any student accumulating four or more traffic citations will be subject to disciplinary action per the Dean of Student Development, Associate Dean of Student Development or Vice President for Student Life.


  1. All students, faculty and staff having a vehicle on campus (including Mabee Center parking areas) must obtain a parking permit from DPSS immediately upon registration or employment. Automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, vans and bicycles must be registered.
  2. Parking permits have an expiration date of August 1 each year.
  3. Students are required to have current parking permits. Automobile permits cost $100, motorcycle permits cost $25 and bicycle permits are $5. Additional permits must be approved by DPSS and cost the following: automobiles, $25; motorcycles, $5; and bicycles, $2.50.
  4. The parking permit must be properly attached with its own adhesive to the vehicle to which it is issued. This should be done immediately before parking in assigned areas. The parking permit is to be attached as follows:

    Automobiles: Permit affixed inside to lower left corner of front windshield (driver’s side).
    Motorcycles: Permit affixed to left front fork of the cycle.
    Bicycles: Permit affixed to left front fork of the cycle.
  5. A permit is not transferable to another person or vehicle. The permit must be removed from the vehicle for change of ownership, termination of employment, permit expiration or revocation of privilege and/or suspension from school. If a registered vehicle is replaced by another vehicle, the parking permit will be replaced by DPSS without charge.
  6. Lost or stolen permits must be reported immediately to DPSS to relieve the permit holder of responsibility.
  7. Bicycle Registration: All bicycles must be registered with DPSS in order to comply with city ordinance and administrative policy.
  8. Temporary Permits: Temporary parking permits should be obtained in the situations listed below in order to avoid traffic citations.

    If an unregistered vehicle (i.e., borrowed or rented vehicle) is to be parked temporarily on campus, a temporary parking permit must be obtained at DPSS and affixed to the windshield on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

    Students’ family members and friends are also encouraged to obtain temporary parking permits to avoid receiving citations.

    Temporary permits are necessary whenever a vehicle is disabled in an area that might otherwise result in a citation. Temporary permits are free of charge. Temporary permits must be obtained from DPSS to park in any location other than that designated by the affixed permit, i.e., limited mobility.
  9. Disabled Permits: Persons with either a permanent or temporary disability that causes limited mobility must obtain a permit to park in the spaces designated. In order to comply with federal ADA regulations, ORU will only recognize state-issued disability permits. Temporary or permanent disability permits may be obtained through each state office. Forms are obtained through the individual’s physician.
  10. Special Students: Students involved in special programs—such as modular course formats— that involve only occasional time on campus must obtain temporary parking permits from DPSS.

Parking Locations

Signs are posted for each lot indicating permissible parking locations. A coded map is provided below to assist in determining proper parking. Vehicle permits are color-coded to indicate acceptable areas for vehicles to park.

  1. Executive: Lots K and A-H, except FF.
  2. Faculty/Staff: Lots A-H, except K and FF.
  3. Resident Students: Lots A-E and H.
  4. Graduate/Commuter Students: Lots A-E and H at all times. Graduate/Commuter Students may park in Lots F and G from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on weekends.
  5. Service: Lots A-H and FF, except K.
  6. Visitors may park in Lots A-E.
    • Parking for special events at the Mabee Center, Johnson Baseball Stadium or Howard Auditorium is on an availability-of-space basis, beginning one and a half hours before all special events, in Lots A-E and H.
    • Short-term passes may be obtained at DPSS to park in Lots F and G.
    • During special events at Johnson Stadium, passes are not needed.
  7. Reserved Spaces: Several spaces in various lots have been marked specifically for the disabled. Disabled spaces are marked on the pavement with an insignia on a blue field. A citation will be issued for unauthorized parking in these spaces or any other area designated by DPSS for reserved parking.
  8. Motorcycle Parking: Student motorcycles may be parked in any regular student spaces and also in the southwest corner of student Lot H, beside the information booth or at the south end of the rows in Lot H inside the concrete curbs. Faculty or staff motorcycles may be parked in regular parking spaces in designated faculty/staff lots, as well as in the painted triangles at the end of the rows. Two motorcycles per parking space are allowed.
  9. Bicycle Parking: Bicycles should be parked in bicycle racks, which are located conveniently throughout the campus. Bicycles should be locked when in racks.

Campus Parking Lots

Residential Students: Red parking stickers are required for Lot H.

Commuters and Graduate Students: A green parking sticker allows one to park in Lots A-E and H. Commuters and graduate students may park in Lot G from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on weekends.

Faculty and Staff: A blue parking sticker allows one to park in Lots A-G and H, except K.

Service Vehicles: A silver parking sticker allows one to park in Lots A-H, except K.

Visitors: Those persons visiting the campus may park in Lots A-E.
ORU Campus Map


  1. Annual registration of vehicles ensures current registration and updated vehicle and license plate information.
  2. Resident student parking permits are valid through August 1 each year. Unregistered vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles left on campus during the summer months will be impounded and stored at the owner’s expense. The bicycles will then be sold.
  3. A permit must be firmly and entirely affixed to the vehicle with its own adhesive.
  4. Obtaining, but not affixing a permit to the vehicle, is a “No Permit” violation.
  5. The permit must be removed when there is a change of ownership, termination of employment, permit expiration, revocation of privilege and/or suspension from school. All violations charged to that permit are the responsibility of the person to whom the permit was issued.
  6. An expired permit affixed to a vehicle will be used to identify the owner. All charges made against the expired permit number will be the responsibility of the person to whom the permit was issued.
  7. The permit holder is responsible for all violations and charges made against the holder’s permit number regardless of the driver at the time of the violation. The permit holder is responsible for informing other drivers of ORU traffic and parking regulations, including where to park their vehicles.
  8. Old or expired permits must be removed before affixing a new permit to the vehicle.
  9. Unregistered vehicles left on the premises for more than 48 hours, without notifying DPSS, will be impounded and stored at the owner’s expense.
  10. Vehicles driven primarily by a student who is a dependent of an Oral Roberts University employee should be registered with a student permit. Such a student driving a vehicle bearing a faculty/staff permit must park that vehicle in the assigned student parking areas and not in a faculty/staff parking area.
  11. Any unusual circumstance, such as driving a substitute vehicle (i.e., borrowed, rented, etc.) must be reported immediately to DPSS. Failure to do so may result in a citation.
  12. Any student will be considered as such (with regard to parking privileges) regardless of employment status. (Exception: a full-time employee using employee tuition benefits as a part-time student with six credit hours or fewer.)
  13. Drivers must observe all signs, temporary or permanent, and abide by the instructions given by DPSS and authorized traffic directors.
  14. The posted speed limit for roadways and parking areas on campus is 20 miles per hour.
  15. Cutting through a parking area (i.e., cutting across Mabee Center parking lots) without following designated driving lanes is considered a moving violation.
  16. Use of service drives (i.e. to the Aerobics Center, Timko-Barton Hall, Christ’s Chapel, Maintenance) by students must be prearranged with written permission through DPSS for special-events loading and unloading purposes only.
  17. Driving or parking of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles is not permitted on the grass, on sidewalks, in roadways, in “No Parking” zones or on the grounds around buildings or building entrances. All vehicles must be parked in assigned or designated parking areas.
  18. Vehicles must be parked within the parallel spaces. Improper positioning of a vehicle does not make improper parking in adjacent spaces acceptable.
  19. All disabled spaces with an insignia or painted symbol are to be observed. Only vehicles bearing a state-issued disabled permit or license tag are allowed to park in the disabled spaces bearing the insignia or painted symbol.
  20. Any stationary vehicle, manned or unmanned, engine running or not, is considered parked.
  21. Student parking is not permitted in Lot G unless otherwise specified (see Graduate and Commuter Students Parking Location on page 37). Check with DPSS for special parking permission (i.e., loading, lunch hour or during school breaks).
  22. Inability to locate a vacant parking space in the assigned lot does not justify illegal or incorrect parking. If the lot is full, additional parking is available in Mabee Center Lots A-E.
  23. The fact that a person parks in violation of any regulation without receiving a citation does not mean that the regulation is no longer in effect.
  24. Parking privileges or use of a vehicle on campus may be suspended after the sixth traffic violation.
  25. Changes in parking regulations will appear in The Oracle.
  26. Bicycle riders must yield right-of-way to pedestrians at all times. Reckless use of bicycles is not permitted.
  27. Drivers of motorcycles must abide by all vehicle regulations.
  28. All traffic regulations will be enforced at all times.
  29. Information should be obtained from DPSS supervisors any time a traffic regulation is not understood or a correct action is not known.
  30. Skate boards, long boards, hover boards, roller blades, roller skates or any type of foot or motorized scooter are not permitted on campus property.

Appeal Procedure

If a violator wishes to appeal a citation, the ticket must be presented to DPSS within ten working days from the date of issue. The appeal will be reviewed by the Traffic Appeals Committee and a determination rendered. A written explanation must accompany the appeal submitted on the Request for Appeal form obtained from DPSS. Verbal appeals or excuses are not acceptable. Persons will be notified of the appeal decision by campus mail. Persons who wish to appeal a citation and do not have a campus post office box must attach a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Request for Appeal form.

ORU traffic rules and regulations are used as the standard for determining all appeals. Decisions are rendered on appeals of citations not clearly definable by the standards.

Impounding or Towing of Vehicles

Automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles may be impounded or towed away with authorization of DPSS for any of the following reasons:

  1. Illegal parking that presents a safety hazard
  2. Obstruction to the normal flow of traffic
  3. Refusal to comply with regulations
  4. Repeated or flagrant offenses (including failure to register vehicle)
  5. Apparent or assumed abandonment of the vehicle
  6. Inoperable vehicle occupying a parking space more than 15 working days

A fee may be charged for the release of impounded motor vehicles, including bicycles. Vehicles will be towed at the expense of the owner.

Violations and Penalties

Persistent or flagrant violators are subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including the towing of their vehicles from University property. Penalties assessed for parking and traffic violations must be paid at the Student Accounts office. A complete list of violations and penalties is available in the DPSS office.

Health & Wellness Regulations

Each student is responsible for the policies and regulations in both the catalog and the student handbook.

Immunization Requirements

The Oral Roberts University Student Health policy regarding immunization requirements for all full- and part-time students is in accord with that set forth by the state of Oklahoma. These requirements are as follows:

Full-time Immunization Requirements:

  • DTaP/DTP/DT/Td (dip/tet series) If the Td (tetanus) has not been taken within the last ten years, a booster is required. (5 doses)
  • IPV/OPV (polio series) (4 doses)
  • MMR Series (2 doses)
  • TB Skin Test (PPD) May be taken within 1 year prior to enrollment. (If a student received BCG as a child, it may result in a “positive” TB reading. Positive readings will require a chest x-ray.)
  • Meningococcal Vaccination
  • Hepatitis B Series
  • Varicella recommended—not required
  • Full-time Students must also complete an ORU Medical Assessment Form

Part-time Requirements

Part-time students are required to provide immunization records for the MMR series, Heb B series, Meningococcal Vaccine and a TB skin test. If a part-time student is enrolled in any HPER class, an ORU Medical Assessment is required.

Physical Fitness

Every student is required to make satisfactory progress in health fitness. ORU wants its graduates to be intellectually alert, socially adept, spiritually alive and physically disciplined. For this reason, all full-time undergraduate students are required to enroll in and pass an HPER activity course each semester. (See the Health, Physical Education and Recreation [HPER] departmental policies listed in the University catalog for complete activity offerings and policies.) HPER requirements for graduate students vary based on the length of the degree program.

A student’s progress is evaluated each semester. Students not fulfilling ORU’s health fitness requirements during a given semester are placed on probation. Students are placed on probation for failing an HPER activity course or failing to enroll in a specific activity or class or classes as required by the HPER Department.

Students are removed from HPER probation when they meet necessary requirements established by the HPER Department. Students who are not removed from the probation list after one semester are suspended. Students on probation or under suspension from the University are not eligible to graduate from the University until they have permission from their respective dean.