Written by: Kory Pence, VP for Creative Impact
“We are optimistic we will be able to start the fall 2020 semester with on-ground classes. We will of course continue to watch the situation with the pandemic carefully, but our plans are to return to teaching our on-ground courses in our classrooms this fall.”
Unless there are unforeseen events preventing Oklahoma Wesleyan University from opening campus, face-to-face classes will resume for the fall 2020 semester at the university’s Bartlesville and Tulsa campuses.
“As conditions continue to stabilize in Oklahoma, the state and local municipalities have released a roadmap to begin to lift restrictions,” said Dr. Jim Dunn, OKWU President.
The university plans to take extra steps to ensure the safety of students as it starts in-person classes. These steps will include the recommended social distancing protocol and more frequent and thorough cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, resident halls, dining areas, and event facilities.
Along with classes, OKWU will also plan to re-open residence halls, with plans aimed at reducing the density of occupancy. There is the possibility of fewer students in each suite or dorm configuration on its Bartlesville campus. As in other rare occurrences when resident students have become ill, the university will set aside rooms for the potential need to quarantine students who cannot readily recover at home.
“We think that many students will not want to leave the immediate area and will stay near family here in northeastern Oklahoma,” Dunn said. “In fact, we expect that some students from our region who have chosen to attend college elsewhere may decide to come to Oklahoma Wesleyan University this fall. We plan to be ready to welcome them. Whatever the circumstances, we will do our very best to do what we have done for more than 100 years – provide a high quality, Christ-centered, Christian college education for every student.”