Safe and Resilient
The Safe and Resilient plan is designed with flexibility in mind and is based on the latest understanding of COVID-19. As our understanding of the virus develops, the plan will be refined as needed.
The goal of the Safe and Resilient Instructional Plan is to provide in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible while promoting a safe and secure campus environment. While COVID-19 will present unique challenges as we pursue this goal, we are actively exploring a number of ways to creatively adapt our instructional model to protect our community and still offer the life-changing in-person OU experience. The university is working with each college to provide the appropriate resources and academic support to ensure our students are well-equipped to succeed.
- Student schedules as they are currently displayed in One are not final and are very likely to change in the next few weeks as the transition is managed and as new in-person sections are added.
- Throughout this summer, the schedule will continue to be modified. Students will be provided their final schedules once they are complete.
- Additional support will be provided to enhance the learning experience for online, large enrollment classes.
Initial Plan Elements
1. Sections with 40 students or fewer can be held in person as usual. This amounts to 86% of all course sections.
2. We are moving sections with enrollments over 40 online. This equates to 14% of all sections.
3. We are adding new, smaller, in-person sections to many of our classes to ensure the undergraduate experience remains a highly personal, face-to-face OU learning experience.
4. In an effort to facilitate effective social distancing, the class schedule will be extended throughout the day and spread out to accommodate 30-minute windows between classes, rather than the traditional 10-minute break, to limit the number of people in buildings at one time.
5. We will also utilize larger classrooms, aiming for 50-75% maximum capacity wherever practical for increased social distancing.
Frequently Asked Questions
My class has changed to "online" in the One Portal. Is this accurate?
Student schedules as they are currently displayed in One are not final and are very likely to change in the next few weeks as the transition is managed and as new in-person sections are added. Moreover, course locations will continue to change. Students will be provided their final schedules once they are complete. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will online courses be charged an additional fee?
No. The current transition in the One system is applying $40/hour fees in error and we are working to fix this. There will not be new fees affiliated with the 14% of classes that are moved online.
What percentage of students are in large enrollment (40+ classes)?
This data is not yet available as enrollment is ongoing.
How will programs with more than 40 students, such as The Pride or other large music ensembles, function?
The Provost’s office is working with programs with special considerations to develop a conduct of operation plan.
Will out-of-state students be required to pay out-of-state tuition for online classes?
Yes, tuition rates will remain unchanged, but no additional fees will be charged for courses that have been moved online due to COVID-19.
Will Pass/Fail be an option again for online classes that switched from in-person to online?
A determination on this has yet to be made, but we will keep students informed as we continue to develop our plans.