Update on COVID-19

March 20, 2020

Students, Faculty & Staff,

Thank you for your patience as we work through these very difficult and changing times.  At SWOSU, we will continue to strive to ensure your safety and educational attainment. 

As you know, we will be initiating a two-week period of online learning from SWOSU.  As mentioned in my previous email, this experience will vary from class to class and from instructor to instructor. 

To our great students: These will be educationally challenging times, especially if you have not experienced an online course before.  Please do not get behind or procrastinate just because you are not in a face-to-face class.  I cannot emphasize enough the importance that you adhere to deadlines and stay in constant contact!  It is vitally important that you stay in email and Canvas contact with your instructors and advisors.  Although, we are still an “open” campus, please practice the guidelines set by the CDC with interactions and gatherings. We will have limited services available for student support. We also have links for student guidance and frequently asked questions.

To our excellent faculty: These are new experiences that have changed without much time allowed for preparation.  I know your character and professionalism.  We can succeed in making this a positive occurrence for our students.  Please stay in contact with your chairs and deans as to any questions, issues or needs that you may have. Faculty may work from home or from campus.  We need faculty to hold office hours (which can be virtual) and teach their classes.  CETL has put together several resources to help you in this time of transition.

To our dedicated staff: If you have medical issues or other matters that might have an effect on your physical return to work, please let your direct supervisor know and we will review these on a case-by-case basis. We will follow best practices and CDC recommendations in accommodating staff who need to work remotely. We are dedicated to ensuring employee safety while also providing important and vital services to the university community.

To all students, faculty, and staff: Please make sure that when you are on campus, be it in the residence halls, food service areas, library, offices or computer lab areas, take note to practice “social distancing.”  As a reminder, see the CDC guidelines regarding these recommendations.

In addition, all university events are cancelled through at least April 12. Regular season athletic events, all on-and-off-campus recruiting activities, and practices for all out-of-season sports are suspended indefinitely.  The Wellness Center is closed indefinitely.  If you have questions, please call 580-772-6611 (starting on Monday, March 23).

In regard to the health of our campus community, if you feel ill, believe that you have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, or have traveled to an area outside of Oklahoma with a high infection rate, please contact your health provider via phone or call Health Services at 580-774-3776 (starting on Monday, March 23).

We do not know at this time what the remainder of the semester may look like.  But, we will announce a decision regarding the remainder of the academic year on or before Friday, March 27.

Always keep in mind that we are constantly updating the information on our website.  Please continue to check or coronavirus update page.

I greatly appreciate your dedication and commitment to the health and welfare of everyone on our campus and in the community.  Please take care of yourself.

Randy Beutler

President