Update on the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SWOSU continues to closely monitor the emergence of the virus, consulting with experts at the Oklahoma Department of Health, the CDC, as well as other partners. The top priority is the safety of the members of the campus community.  SWOSU will make decisions regarding this issue based on public health guidance from authoritative sources.

SWOSU’s goal is to protect the health and safety of everyone on our campuses and in our communities.  Updated information will be provided as it becomes available.

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at SWOSU or in our area.  Our immediate risk on our campuses currently remains low, but the situation continues to evolve rapidly.

In times like these, rumors have a tendency to spread.  There are no immediate threats or cause for alarm.   If you have questions, please ask.  Just because the SWOSU administration may have discussions and prepare for certain contingencies does not mean that they will be or are to be implemented.

We have assembled the SWOSU Emergency Management Working Group that is meeting on a regular basis to evaluate the spread of the novel coronavirus around the country and region.  The team, working in conjunction with guidelines established by federal, state and local health agencies, is charged with ensuring the university’s emergency preparedness plans are up-to-date should the virus reach our area.

Know the facts

As we approach Spring Break, please be safe and take common-sense precautions to avoid risk.  At this time, we intend to resume classes as scheduled on Monday, March 23, when the university reopens.  However, circumstances may change quickly.  If we were to significantly alter our operational status, you would be notified through our emergency alert system.  For less significant changes, you will be informed through campus email and Canvas.

Randy Beutler
SWOSU President