Reopening Committee Update

[Aug. 8, 2020] Fall 2020 Reopen Plan Update

OKWU’s Reopening 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.

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OKWU Updates

[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

[May 6, 2020] CARES Act Update

[March 17, 2020] President Jim Dunn’s video update and OKWU Press Release on Campus

[March 12, 2020] OKWU Press Release on COVID-19

“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 

Frequently Asked Questions.

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

FAQs on OKWU Covid-19 Response


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We commit to sharing accurate and timely information as the situation evolves. Check back on this webpage often for updates.

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

 

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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

FAQs on OKWU Covid-19 Response

 

CARES Act

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 May 22, 2020 for a grant if they incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

  • View the FAQ for quarterly reporting and more info about how these grants affect students.

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

Tulsa Classroom Reopen 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.
  • Social distance 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.

To ensure the safety of OKWU’s campus and the great 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.

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