SWOSU Update on the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear SWOSU community:

As you know from previous communications, university leadership has been closely following events and public health recommendations surrounding the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

As a precautionary and protective measure, SWOSU is transitioning all in-person classes to an online learning environment for the two-week period following Spring Break, beginning Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3.

Though our campus classes will not meet in person, the university will remain open. SWOSU employees will report to work as usual. University housing, computer labs, food service, health clinics, counseling services, research labs and all other aspects of the university will remain open during the two-week period from March 23-April 3.

As students leave campus for Spring Break, they should take all instructional materials, including textbooks and devices, to prepare for online learning. Information for Students

Additional information further defining the transition is included in the links below. These links will be updated as necessary.

General information for students, faculty and staff.

Student learning details and answers to students’ frequently asked questions.

Faculty resources for necessary technology.

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the SWOSU campuses at this time, we are implementing this plan to prevent large gatherings on campus. As a result, all events/activities/meetings are suspended from March 23 through April 3.

SWOSU is closely monitoring the current safety levels with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue to monitor the SWOSU website at www.swosu.edu and the coronavirus info quick link.

This is a difficult and extraordinary time in our lives and the history of this institution.  There is no perfect plan to deal with this current situation.  However, we have outlined a plan that we believe is operable for the time being.  We will work through this the best way we know how. 

There will be issues that arise that were not foreseen.  There will be issues that were not contemplated.  However, we have good, dedicated people and students on our campus who will make this work. 

Our goal is the safety of our students, faculty and staff and to create a safe learning environment for the time being.  These are times that we hope we will not see again. In order to make this work, in many instances, we will have to improvise, think outside the box, and hope that this will be a one-time, temporary endeavor into the educational unknown. 

The spread of COVID-19 may necessitate changes in the way we interact, but it does not change what we do. SWOSU will continue to operate and will continue to deliver the highest-quality education possible to the students we serve, and SWOSU employees will continue to perform their duties.

Randy Beutler

SWOSU President