Updated March 17, 2020

Updates and information about Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s continued preparedness, action, and response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19):

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OKWU Update from the President

[March 17, 2020] Rapid changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic compel us to help members of our campus community avoid large group gatherings and promote self-isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

OKWU’s responsibility to students, their families, staff, and faculty requires that we incorporate a different approach to learning this semester. Effective Sunday, March 22, OKWU’s residential campus will be closed for the remainder of the spring semester.  All on-campus events including athletic events have been canceled. Beginning March 30, all traditional classes will continue in an online format through the end of spring semester.

We remain committed to our students’ success and to the health and well-being of everyone in our community. Additional steps are in place to assist students and families through this unprecedented crisis—spiritually, academically and financially.

While we regret our students not being able to access the enriched on-campus educational experience, we share the president’s and governor’s direction and have shifted course in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.

During this time when there are more questions than answers, we have a wonderful opportunity as a Christian University to share the reassurance and hope that we have. While we will take every precaution to keep our community, city, and country safe, we remain confident in the hope of Jesus. 

We are praying for you. May you discover, live and deepen your relationship in Jesus to influence culture with grace & truth. OKWU looks forward to our return to on-campus learning!

In Christ,
President Jim Dunn
Oklahoma Wesleyan University

“Oklahoma Wesleyan University is more than a place. We are not a mere set of buildings; we are a collection of people, a family of folks who care about and love each other through the love and compassion of Christ Himself.”
– President Jim Dunn 

Moving Forward 

We are taking the following proactive measures:

  • Effective Sunday, March 22, OKWU’s campus will be closed for the remainder of the spring semester. All students and non-essential personnel are asked to vacate campus by March 21. All residential services will be suspended, including food service, access to fitness facilities, and access to residence halls. Our Emergency Response Team is standing by to aid you during this transition. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kyle White (kwhite@okwu.edu), VP for student development.
  • Beginning March 30, all traditional classes will continue in an online format through the end of spring semester. Students transitioning to remote instruction will receive more information from us and from their professors as we make the transition. We understand that this transition may be difficult. ACE will assist any students with special circumstances that may inhibit online learning.
  • AGS online classes will continue as scheduled with no disruption. Students enrolled in online programs are expected to attend courses as scheduled for the week of March 23-28.
  • Do not return to campus. Belongings of students not on campus during Spring Break will continue to be secured. Please do not attempt to return to campus for your belongings. Instructions for retrieving personal items will be provided to residents. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please reach out to Kyle White (kwhite@okwu.edu).
  • Specific instructions will be provided for Transitional Housing for those who have stayed on campus for Spring Break. 
  • Spiritual Life: OKWU’s Spiritual Life department will continue to provide opportunities for connection and transformation. We are creating online Lifegroups, Bible Studies, and worship experiences. Please follow @OKWUlife on Instagram for specifics and upcoming details.
  • Commencement: At this time, no decision has been made about OKWU’s Spring Commencement Ceremonies on May 8-9. We will announce a decision about how we plan to follow through with honoring graduates as the situation emerges, keeping in mind that families would need time to make travel plans.

 

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Stay Connected

We commit to sharing accurate and timely information as the situation evolves. Check back on this webpage often for updates. (https://www.okwu.edu/coronavirus

OKWU has a text alert system for students and employees, who had the opportunity to opt into this system when they first registered. 

 

Student Communication:

 

General:

 

Schedule

March 16-20: Spring Break
March 22: Campus Closed
March 23-27: Study Week
March 30: Virtual instruction begins for all classes
April 10-13: Easter Break
April 14: Virtual instruction continues thru semester
Students enrolled in online programs (AGS) will continue without disruption.

 

No Cases

There are currently no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus involving any Oklahoma Wesleyan University students or employees. 

Students or employees experiencing symptoms—fever, coughing, shortness of breath—should call your doctor.


What to do if you become sick:

Reducing the risk of exposure for all members of our community is in the best interest of our students and employees while fulfilling our educational mission.

  • If symptoms occur, stay away from campus and call your doctor.
  • Students who become ill should inform their professors and Kyle White (kwhite@okwu.edu).
  • If OKWU community members test positive for Coronavirus, they should notify Kyle White, VP for Student Development (kwhite@okwu.edu). We want to be able to offer the best possible service to anyone who needs special attention.

 

CDC GUIDANCE ON PREVENTING SPREAD OF COVID-19

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.

Resources

FAQ

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Campus housing for residents:

  • University housing will close for the remainder of the semester. Anyone currently on campus will need to move out of campus housing by March 21. 
  • For security, we are locking all residence halls and houses, and your current room key will not give access. Please do not return to campus for your belongings without an approved time. ALL students who currently have items in their rooms can sign up for a date and time to pick up all belongings and check out. Complete the form a week in advance of your requested date. Dates and times will be approved, dependent on availability. Request to pick-up personal items at this link: http://lfforms.okwu.edu/Forms/Spring2020-Move 
  • When possible, OKWU will have volunteers help move resident’s belongings out of the room. 
  • If you are unable to retrieve your items by May 11, storage options are available for a fee. Belongings will be boxed up by room number and not by the individual student.
  • Students who cannot return home to permanent residences by March 21 or have extenuating circumstances must complete the University Housing Exception Form at this link: http://lfforms.okwu.edu/Forms/Spring2020-OnCampus-housing 
  • If you have an extenuating circumstance, please reach out to Kyle White (kwhite@okwu.edu), VP for student development.

Remote instruction: Students transitioning to remote instruction will receive more information from us and from their professors as we make the transition. 

Work study: Effective immediately, all federal and institutional work-study positions are canceled for the remainder of the semester. Work study payments will continue to be processed twice per month and will be based on average numbers worked in previous pay cycles. Payroll checks will either be applied to your student account or mailed to your address on file.

ACE: Students will continue to receive tutoring and instruction from ACE through Brightspace. All students can enroll for “ACE – 2020 Spring” on Brightspace under the “Discover” navigation button. Details about hours and scheduling assistance will be available following Spring Break.

Dantes and CLEP Exams have been closed temporarily. OKWU is unable to schedule CLEP exams until further notice. If you need to reschedule a CLEP or Dantes exam, please contact Sunshine Hattingh (sshattingh@okwu.edu). Details: https://clep.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates

  • Students enrolled in online programs (AGS) are expected to attend courses as scheduled for the week of March 23-28.
  • Students who attended classes on either the Bartlesville, Tulsa, or Coffeyville campus locations will move to online instruction beginning the week of March 30.
  • Dantes and CLEP Exams have been closed temporarily. OKWU is unable to schedule CLEP exams until further notice. If you need to reschedule a CLEP or Dantes exam, please contact Sunshine Hattingh (sshattingh@okwu.edu). Details: https://clep.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates
  • At this time, the NAIA has cancelled all remaining winter events, as well as the entirety of spring seasons.
  • Any student-athlete that would like to talk to a coach or visit campus, please contact the coach directly or the athletic director, Kirk Kelley.
  • Athletic Staff directory: https://www.okwu.edu/athletics/staff-directory/
  • Employees will work remotely.
  • There are certain functions that must continue to take place on campus, but these functions are to be kept to a minimum.
  • Each employee is to work with their supervisor as to details.

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