OKWU Cares Committee Update
[April 15, 2021] Update on Fall ’21
Dear OKWU students and parents,
It seems like a remarkable milestone to be finishing the Spring ’21 semester. This past year has been unusual and often difficult. Still, I am grateful and proud of the way that you’ve all handled the discomfort and difficulties we have all experienced. We sincerely thank you for that.
And there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! The national outlook on the decreasing effects of Covid-19 is encouraging, and there is much optimism for the future. Here at OKWU, we share this optimism. We’re committed to continuing to provide a Christ-centered, on-ground education for our students.
Over the summer, the OKWU Cares team is carefully reviewing ways to relax COVID-related protocols for the Fall 2021 semester. We will focus on a healthy community while still maintaining safety to provide the best learning environments we can. These new details will be announced on this page.
The future is bright indeed! I believed this when I first became president at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and I believe it still. Thank you for your faith in us, for coming alongside us on this journey. Please keep us in your prayers over the coming months as we sort through these questions. I am grateful to you all.
–President Jim Dunn and the OKWU Care Committee
[Jan. 12, 2021] Spring ’21 Update
The OKWU Cares Committee is working together to maintain a safe and sanitary environment at all levels of our campus experience, from housing and dining facilities to athletic competitions and campus events.
Please review the following guidelines to support the health and well-being of our campus community. Information includes: Cleaning and disinfecting, social distancing and protective equipment, testing, academics, residential life, chapels, dining, and athletics.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
OKWU Cares Committee
[update Jan. 12, 2020] Spring 2021 Return Plan
[updated Aug. 8, 2020] Fall 2020 Re-Open Plan
[updated July 27, 2020] Fall 2020 Re-Open Plan (updated GPS Tulsa Campus)
[July 14, 2020] Fall 2020 Re-Open Plan (Residential and Traditional Students)
[May 26, 2020] Reopening Committee Update
[April 25] CARES Act Update
[Oct 30, 2020] CARES Act Update
[March 12, 2020] OKWU Press Release on COVID-19
To ensure the safety of OKWU’s campus and the greater community through the Covid-19 pandemic, all non-OKWU event tours of the Bartlesville campus, including the La Quinta mansion, are closed to the general public.
Non-OKWU event photography of the campus is also closed to the public. We look forward to reopening for public tours when it is deemed safe.
Residential & Traditional Students
OKWU has received a defined amount of funds for direct grants to students through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These grant funds are to be disbursed as direct payments to students, based on applications made to the university by eligible students. Students are eligible to apply by February 26, 2021, for a grant if they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. You must be enrolled in Spring 2021 as a degree-seeking student. We explain more about what these disruptions might look like in this FAQ, including quarterly reporting, and more info about how these grants affect students.
OKWU is committed to making these CARES Act funds available as quickly as possible to assist our families in meeting financial challenges brought about by COVID-19. Because of this, we’ve established an application process to meet federal requirements and to disburse relief funds quickly.
The amount to be disbursed to applicants will be determined by representatives of OKWU, using the guidance provided in the CARES Act. More info on this is provided below in the FAQs. The funds are intended by the CARES Act to assist students with any expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care.
If you have any such expenses, please apply before the deadline, using the guidance below. Please be sure to review the “Am I Eligible” section. Visit this page for updates and more information about the application process and fund disbursement.
We are here for our students. OKWU remains committed to providing the very best service for our Eagles during this unprecedented time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through the proper channels. Thank you!
APPLY FOR CARES ACT
Log in to the student portal at https://portal.okwu.edu/CARES
and follow the steps provided for the application. February 26, 2021 is the application deadline. Email questions to CARESgrant@okwu.edu.
GPS On-Campus Protocols:
- Students, faculty, and staff members are required to wear a mask both in the classroom and in the offices at all times when others are present. Keep a mask on your person at all times, and when meeting with others, wear a mask.
- Physically distanced seating changes will be implemented within each classroom to ensure students are appropriately distanced from each other.
- Public sanitizing stations will be available; however, students should bring personal hand sanitizer.
- Classrooms will be sanitized each day, including tables, chairs, door handles, lecterns, and other areas of common space.
- Faculty should bring a personal set of whiteboard markers and erasers.
- Shared meals will not take place. Food may be brought for individual consumption only. Please do not share food or bring food for sharing.
#OKWUCares: Here’s How You Can Care for OKWU. The success of our fall semester depends on each member of the community doing their part to keep OKWU safe and healthy.
Next steps if you develop symptoms
If a member of the campus community or visitor experiences COVID-19 symptoms, the next step is to contact a healthcare provider or the OKWUcares Committee (email@example.com) for further guidance and possible testing.
If a medical provider recommends a COVID-19 test the individual being tested should self-isolate while awaiting results. If individuals have questions they can call the University’s OKWUcares Committee.
If OKWU faculty, staff, or students are diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual will isolate and they should notify the University’s OKWUcares Team. They will begin the process for contact tracing and identifying anyone who may need to quarantine because of exposure.
Explore resources to keep our community safe & healthy.
What to do if you become sick:
- Review the Covid-19 Guidelines flowchart for next steps if symptoms occur.
- Inform the OKWU Cares Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If OKWU community members test positive for Coronavirus, they should notify Kyle White, VP for Student Development (email@example.com).
- For additional information about how best to protect yourself and others, read the CDC guidelines.
All members of the community should routinely take the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay away from work or class when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you have not already done so, get a flu shot.
- Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage: The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.
- Addressing Mental Health Issues: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.
- #OKWUCares: Here’s How You Can Care for OKWU. The success of our fall semester depends on each member of the community doing their part to keep OKWU safe and healthy.
We commit to sharing accurate and timely information. OKWU has a text alert system for students and employees, who had the opportunity to opt into this system when they first registered.
- The best way to get information is to read your email.
- Visit the Student Hub often for updates.
- Access online classes and email: https://portal.okwu.edu
- Brightspace: https://okwu.brightspace.com