[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!
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
We are taking the following proactive measures:
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.
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.
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.
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.
All members of the community should routinely take the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
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.
Campus housing for residents:
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 (email@example.com). Details: https://clep.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates
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