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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates and Resources

COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall | March 23, 2020

COVID-19: What You Need to Know

On March 20, 2020, the University was notified of a second OU Norman community member who tested positive for COVID-19. The University is cooperating with the Health Department, who will trace this individual’s recent interactions with others in our community, notify all those impacted, and provide guidance for next steps to possibly be screened and, if necessary, self-isolate. By law, the University is prohibited from disclosing any details about the community member’s identity; however, the Health Department is following its standard protocol to trace all impacted contacts. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation. 

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Read More: March 15 Update from Interim President Harroz

Learn more about COVID-19 in Oklahoma

The most important precaution all of us can take is being mindful of our personal health by practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently. We continue to follow guidance from the CDC and state and local health authorities and encourage everyone to take reasonable, common-sense measures to keep yourself healthy.

If you begin to experience symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19 such as fever (temp ≥ 100.4˚ F), chills, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, and/or extreme fatigue, please remain home and contact your campus health clinic for further guidance regarding restrictions to return to campus. Please contact your primary care provider with any personal medical questions and for guidance concerning your specific symptoms.

UPDATE: March 15, 2020 – On March 15, 2020, the University received notification that a member of our Norman campus community tested positive for COVID-19, which is a situation occurring across America, including our universities. According to our preparedness plans, we will cooperate with Health Department officials in their efforts to track this individual’s recent interactions with others in our community. In accordance with Health Department procedure, all those impacted will be notified and provided guidance for next steps to be screened and, if necessary, self-isolate.

Read More: March 15 Update from Interim President Harroz

Learn more about COVID-19 in Oklahoma

If you have been in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, call or email your campus health clinic:

 

If you begin to experience symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19 such as fever (temp ≥ 100.4˚ F), chills, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, and/or extreme fatigue, please remain home and contact your campus health clinic for further guidance regarding restrictions to return to campus. Please contact your primary care provider with any personal medical questions and for guidance concerning your specific symptoms.

Classes and Academics

OU Norman Campus Classes. Norman campus will remain online for the remainder of the semester. Students are encouraged to visit ou.edu/learnanywhere for further information and resources on attending classes online. Faculty may visit ou.edu/teachanywhere for instructional resources.

OU Health Sciences Center Classes. Students enrolled in Health Sciences Center programs have received direct communications from their colleges about online instruction and modifications to clinical and community-based instruction. Students in these programs with questions should contact their colleges directly. Additional information is available at students.ouhsc.edu/coronavirus.

OU-Tulsa Classes. Norman-based programs will remain online for the remainder of the semester. HSC programs will receive direct communications from their colleges regarding both classes and clinical rotations.

Read More: March 18 Update from Interim President Harroz

The University is committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our campus community. COVID-19 is rapidly spreading around the world and here in Oklahoma. We are taking this step after thorough consultations with OU’s professional medical staff and public health experts across the state and nation. We recognize that this is a significant adjustment for our entire University community, and we are committed to providing the necessary support to help facilitate this effort.

Prepare to learn remotely: Visit ou.edu/learnanywhere for information and resources on attending classes online.

Your instructors will provide directions specific to your courses.

For important updates regarding on-campus residential housing, see the March 18 Update from Interim President Harroz.

For up-to-date information on University operations, visit ou.edu/studentaffairs/operations-updates.

Student Employees: Managers are also encouraged to develop and implement telework plans for student employees and graduate assistants where the telework plan supports University operations.

Prepare to teach remotely: Visit ou.edu/teachanywhere for information and resources to assist faculty in migrating instruction online.

Departments and the instructors of record should determine the most appropriate solutions for finishing courses and determining grades. Departments and faculty are asked to put student health and success first in all decision-making, and to consider the following when making their determinations during this period:

  • To the extent feasible, instructors will be expected to make their course content, including materials used in class, available via Canvas.
  • Instructors are strongly encouraged to maintain their regular class meeting times, especially if the class requires active and synchronous student participation. We will continue to encourage instructors to be flexible with attendance and exam policies for any students who are ill.
  • Faculty should consult with their department chairs in determining the most appropriate actions to take, placing student health and success first in all decision-making.

Prepare now by using a wifi locator such as WiFi Map to identify free wifi near your home. For students who do not have access to a laptop or other device, check with local area libraries, request access to an OU IT computer lab at (405) 325-HELP.

The University is working with several departments to provide alternate delivery methods. Consult with your individual instructor, department, and/or college for discipline-specific approaches to remote instruction and assessment.

The University is working with our Accessibility and Disability Resource Center to ensure that the needs of our students receiving services are being addressed.

UPDATE: March 18, 2020:  

OU Health Sciences Center Classes. Students enrolled in Health Sciences Center programs have received direct communications from their colleges about online instruction and modifications to clinical and community-based instruction. Students in these programs with questions should contact their colleges directly. Additional information is available at students.ouhsc.edu/coronavirus.

OU-Tulsa Classes. Norman-based programs will remain online for the remainder of the semester. HSC programs will receive direct communications from their colleges regarding both classes and clinical rotations.

The University will continue to monitor closely the status of COVID-19’s spread and will regularly communicate any additional University decisions, including  to either return to face-to-face instruction or continue online classes. Students should check their OU email, the OU website, and local media – as those are some of the methods we will use to notify students when classes will resume.

University Operations and Events

UPDATE: March 18, 2020 – No. Campus will remain operational, but some services have been reduced to promote more aggressive social distancing. We will have a reduced occupancy model for on-campus housing for the remainder of the spring semester with the exception of Kraettli and Traditions apartments.

Telecommuting is strongly encouraged across all three campuses. Visit HR’s Coronavirus and the Workplace guidelines for more information. Employees from all three campuses should consult supervisors for position-specific details.

On the Norman campus, the five-day closure that started on March 15 comes to a close Friday, March 20. Wherever compatible with continuing operations, all supervisors should institute telecommuting plans for staff through the end of the spring semester. Any Norman campus faculty, staff, and students who return to campus are urged to use caution and practice social distancing and proper hygiene.

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UPDATE: March 18, 2020:

Norman Campus Residential Housing: We will have a reduced occupancy model for on-campus housing for the remainder of the spring semester with the exception of Kraettli and Traditions apartments. Certainly, students who have no other housing option will remain in on-campus housing, and we are committed to assisting all residents, including our international student community, in every possible way. On-campus housing residents can expect to receive specific information from OU Housing in the coming days. Regrettably, the rapid pace of this unfolding crisis does not allow us to have the answers for all questions at this time. We will, however, address all questions as quickly as is possible.

OU Health Sciences Center Housing: University Village Apartments students are permitted to remain in their housing locations without interruption.

Greek chapters should encourage members who have a home base to return and stay home while in person classes are offered online.

  • Goddard Health Services? Yes, open during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) to see patients. The 24-hour nurse line is (405) 325-8732. To cancel or reschedule appointments, please call (405) 325-2262 (press 1).
  • Food services? For up-to-date information on dining options and hours of operation, visit http://ou.edu/studentaffairs/operations-updates.
  • Sarkeys Fitness Center and Murray Case Sells Swim Complex? Due to the OU Norman campus closure, these facilities are closed. Visit ou.edu/far for additional information.
  • Library? For the most up-to-date information on resources available from University Libraries during this period, please visit libraries.ou.edu.
  • Computer labs? Computer labs in Couch Tower and the Oklahoma Memorial Union are open but access is limited.
  • Writing Center? Yes, for online consultations only. The Writing Center will be closed for Spring Break March 14-22. Online consultations will open March 23 at 9 a.m. and will be the only consultations available until further notice. For more information, visit ou.edu/writingcenter.
  • Tutoring? The Student Learning Center is moving tutoring services online starting March 23 and will continue offering the online option as long as we are operating in this online format. Students will be able to access action tutoring sessions on the Student Learn Center's website. During this time, the Student Learning Center will not be offering study skills consultations or individual appointments. If you have questions, please contact the Student Learning Center at studentlearning@ou.edu or (405) 325-7621.

Yes. The counseling center will remain open during the semester and can provide services by phone or ZOOM. OU counselors can be reached at (405) 325-2911 to make an appointment.

UPDATE: March 18, 2020 – All in-person events with greater than 10 attendees on all three campuses are suspended until at least May 11. Our decision is based on recommendations from the CDC and our state and national leaders. This restriction includes events that are not University-sponsored as well, including conferences, symposia, and social gatherings. This does not preclude small internal meetings, where social distancing should be the touchstone. The OU Athletics Department has suspended all athletics competitions, as well as all out-of-season practices and workouts, until further notice. More information on athletics events may be found at soonersports.com.

Our spring graduation ceremonies are postponed, and we are working to modify them. We are actively exploring ways we can honor our graduates and their achievements at an appropriate time. This will likely look very different, perhaps even virtual, with an opportunity to participate in an in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so. We hope to reschedule these events for later in the summer, and we will communicate updates as we have them.

UPDATE: March 18, 2020 – Yes, all in-person events with greater than 10 attendees on all three campuses are suspended until at least May 11.

UPDATE: March 18, 2020 – Yes, all in-person events with greater than 10 attendees on all three campuses are suspended until at least May 11. Please reach out to your event/venue contact to reschedule your event.

UPDATE: March 18, 2020 – Yes, all in-person events with greater than 10 attendees on all three campuses are suspended until at least May 11.

Travel and Study Abroad

COVID-19 Travel Guidance

If you have returned from domestic or international travel in the last 14 days, you must complete a screening for assessment and clearance PRIOR to returning to campus. Domestic travel is defined as travel outside the state of Oklahoma. Read More

All University-related air travel (domestic and international) has been suspended. Read More

COVID-19 Exposure Guidance

If you have been in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, call or email your campus health clinic:

 

If you begin to experience symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19 such as fever (temp ≥ 100.4˚ F), chills, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, and/or extreme fatigue, please remain home and contact your campus health clinic for further guidance regarding restrictions to return to campus. Please contact your primary care provider with any personal medical questions and for guidance concerning your specific symptoms.

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UPDATE: March 23, 2020 – Due to the unusual circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become necessary to cancel all summer 2020 study abroad programs. This decision reflects our primary commitment to student, faculty and staff health and safety.

UPDATE – March 16, 2020: For all OU Students Studying Abroad: The University has asked all OU Students Studying Abroad to immediately make travel plans to return to the U.S. Students are asked to provide their return itinerary here as soon as possible and to return to the U.S. quickly, with allowance for a brief period to organize their departure, secure a seat on a return flight and allow for expansion of capacity at the 13 designated U.S. arrival airports conducting screening of passengers from incoming flights. The Office of Education Abroad in the College of International Studies has asked students to report whether they need assistance with arrangements to complete coursework remotely. All students returning to the United States must comply with the University’s travel guidelines and the screening/self-isolation procedures.

Individuals in an impacted country who develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, should call their local healthcare professional. Please inform them if you have concerns about COVID-19, but also keep in mind that they are there to help you treat your illness, regardless of the cause. Testing decisions vary by country and may require input from health authorities, but the stronger the evidence/suspicion of COVID-19, the more likely a test will be done. It is unlikely people will be tested in the absence of symptoms.

UPDATE – March 16, 2020: For all OU Students Studying Abroad: The University has asked all OU Students Studying Abroad to immediately make travel plans to return to the U.S. Students are asked to provide their return itinerary here as soon as possible and to return to the U.S. quickly, with allowance for a brief period to organize their departure, secure a seat on a return flight and allow for expansion of capacity at the 13 designated U.S. arrival airports conducting screening of passengers from incoming flights. The Office of Education Abroad in the College of International Studies has asked students to report whether they need assistance with arrangements to complete coursework remotely. All students returning to the United States must comply with the University’s travel guidelines and the screening/self-isolation procedures.

UPDATE – March 16, 2020: For all OU Students Studying Abroad: The University has asked all OU Students Studying Abroad to immediately make travel plans to return to the U.S. Students are asked to provide their return itinerary here as soon as possible and to return to the U.S. quickly, with allowance for a brief period to organize their departure, secure a seat on a return flight and allow for expansion of capacity at the 13 designated U.S. arrival airports conducting screening of passengers from incoming flights. The Office of Education Abroad in the College of International Studies has asked students to report whether they need assistance with arrangements to complete coursework remotely. All students returning to the United States must comply with the University’s travel guidelines and the screening/self-isolation procedures.

At this time, we are not able to predict how long these restrictions will be in place. We will continue monitoring and providing updates as the situation evolves.

UPDATE – March 10, 2020: The University has suspended all international travel for University-related business or academic purposes until further notice. More information available here.

Students should contact their college or the financial aid/scholarship office on their campus.

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