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Outline for Opening SWOSU Fall 2020

Introduction

Faculty, staff, students, and administration have been involved in numerous meetings over the past two months planning the reopening of SWOSU for face-to-face classes. Preventing the spread of the virus among our community has been the key focus of our plan. The following items comprise a general outline of the plan - specifics will be added as we approach August 17.

Our plan is to teach traditional face-to-face classes; however, we realize that the spread of the pandemic may affect that plan.  SWOSU will rely on guidance from state and federal health authorities if changes are needed.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Classes will start on the currently scheduled date – Monday, August 17. Campus will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Fall Break will be cancelled and classes will meet on October 15 and 16. Commencement (delayed from May) will be held on November 20-21 with limited guest participation. Classes will meet as usual on November 23 and 24.

After Thanksgiving Break, in order to minimize the spread of the virus from potential holiday travel, all classes will transition to virtual. There will be three days of virtual Dead Days, November 30-December 2. Virtual finals will start on Thursday, December 3 and end on Wednesday, December 9.

Masks and Shields

SWOSU will require facial coverings for students, faculty, visitors, and staff in hallways and classrooms for the fall 2020 semester. Details of specific types of coverings will be forthcoming. Many courses will feature online sections for those students who do not wish to wear facial coverings.

Safety Measures Within Classrooms

We are adjusting classrooms to maintain at least four feet between students. In some classrooms, we are placing clear plastic at the front of rooms and in front of podiums. SWOSU will provide hand sanitizer in hallways and classrooms and ask that students use it frequently throughout the day. We will also ask that faculty develop seating charts and track attendance at each class.  This will aid preventative measures in the event of a positive case among class members.

General Guidance if You Start to Experience Symptoms

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, contact your medical provider as soon as possible. Consider calling ahead to tell the health care provider’s office about any recent travel, symptoms, and concerns. Please also avoid contact with others and do not travel unnecessarily. For additional information about COVID-19 and its symptoms, click here. To find out if you should be tested and where, call the Oklahoma State Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center at 877-215-8336 or visit the state’s coronavirus web site.

Students who test positive or are directed to self-isolate should notify the Dean of Students.

Randy Beutler
SWOSU President