OSU Institute of Technology has compiled a list of most frequently asked questions about COVID-19. Please review for answers to your questions as well as other important information.
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Posted March 23, 2020
Shifting to Online Instruction for Remainder of Term
From the President
The last few weeks have been very challenging for all of us as we respond to the COVID-19
pandemic and follow guidance from public healthcare officials. Right now, your well-being
is our top concern.
While many of you were on Spring Break, we sent several important messages, so I’ve
summarized them here. You can also follow all of our updates on our Coronavirus informational website and through our social media channels @OSUIT.
Student Support and Resources
Today, we made the decision to shift all classes to online instruction for the remainder
of the term. This is not ideal for you or for us. We’re trying to move with this crisis,
and the choices we face are not great. With that in mind, we’ve added a collection
of useful tips and tutorials to our Student Resources section on the website to help you make this shift online.
During this period of uncertainty and holding ourselves accountable to CDC recommendations,
we had to make the difficult decision to reduce our housing occupancy levels for the
remainder of the spring trimester. Last week, we notified our residents that many
of them would not be able to return to live in our dorms until this health crisis
is over. Residential Life is working closely with those students who have no other
housing options and will assist them on a case by case basis. Know that this decision
was not made lightly—we fully understand that this creates an additional economic
hardship for which no one was prepared.
Reduction in Services and Cancelled Events
In order to flatten the curve of the outbreak, we are being very intentional about
balancing operational needs while keeping our employees safe. As a result, we’ve made
the following changes:
- Most campus services from the Grady Clack Center will be delivered through alternative
methods such as phone calls, emails, texting, and other technology-mediated channels.
- OSUIT’s Childcare Center and Covelle Hall have been closed temporarily.
- The computer lab in the OSUIT library will be open from noon to 8:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, on a call-ahead basis.
- Most buildings will have limited access.
- Student Union operations, including the bookstore and post office, will resume limited
business hours. The Cowboy Café will close all dining rooms and offer a limited menu
- Culinary Arts has discontinued meal service for the remainder of the term.
- All of our guided campus tours have been suspended temporarily. However, we will be
offering virtual tours via Facebook Live.
Also, we will be announcing this week that all spring graduation events have been
cancelled. For many of you that were preparing to graduate, this is upsetting. It
is our hope that graduates will have the opportunity to participate and be celebrated
in the summer exercises, and we will communicate updates as soon as we have them.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents enormous challenges to us all, but what I love about
our students is that you have already proven yourselves capable. We know our cowboy
family is resilient and strong. We’re here for you, and we’ll get through this together.
Know that we are cheering you on and applaud each of you for staying true to you.
If you have questions, a complete list of contacts is available to give you support. Watch your email for updates and follow us @OSUIT.
Posted March 22, 2020
Reporting Travel and/or Symptoms of Illness
OSU Institute of Technology, along with the entire OSU System, is continuing to closely
monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, no one knows how severe this outbreak
will be. Given this uncertainty, we ask for your help in maintaining a healthy campus.
Report Travel to Affected Regions
Any student that is returning from a cruise ship, air travel, or location that is
a level 2 or higher, where a known case has been reported (e.g. stayed in a hotel
where cases of COVID-19 were reported), should follow these procedures:
- Call 918-293-4946 if you may have been exposed, and we will notify the appropriate academic dean and/or
vice president. Do not come to campus until you have called this number, reported
your travel, and received further instructions.
- Monitor your health and limit interactions with others for 14 days. See Social Distancing
- If you are experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing, follow the steps outlined
Report Symptoms of Illness
It’s important that you stay home if you are not well. Students who have symptoms
of respiratory illness must stay home and not come to class until they are free of
fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing
or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants). A fever is defined
as a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius or higher taken
by an oral thermometer.
If you are experiencing these symptoms:
- Call 918-293-4946. Do not come to campus to notify anyone that you are showing symptoms because you will potentially
infect others. When you call, we will contact the appropriate dean or vice president
and provide further guidance.
- Seek medical advice. Call ahead before going to your doctor’s office or emergency
room. If you do not have a primary physician, you may call the OSUIT campus physician
at 918-752-1080; Do Not come to the OSUIT Campus Infirmary.
- Tell your doctor about your symptoms, recent travel, and people you may have been
in contact with that could have been exposed.
- Limit interactions for 14 days. See Social Distancing
Practice Social Distancing
Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings,
and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
Students are encouraged to use telephone, email, or other technology-mediated methods
of interaction as much as possible during this outbreak. Your assistance in maintaining
a healthy campus is critical right now. Together, we can stop the spread of this deadly
OSUIT Classes Offered Only Online Starting Monday, March 23
In response to Coronavirus concerns, all OSU Institute of Technology classes will
move to online-only instruction for two weeks following spring break. Please do not come to campus unless absolutely necessary.
Beginning March 23 through Friday, April 3, all classes will be conducted online. While today there are no known cases on any OSU campus,
we believe this decision will be necessary to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
The safety and well-being of our campus community is our top priority.
Check out our student resource toolkit to answer questions and find useful contact information. Your success is important
to us, so please reach out to your instructors for additional guidance during this
online instructional period.
Guidance for After Spring Break
In response to Coronavirus concerns, OSU Institute of Technology will move to online-only
instruction for two weeks following spring break. While today there are no known cases
on any OSU campus, we believe this decision will be necessary to help stop the spread
of the Coronavirus. The safety and well-being of our campus community is our top priority.
Online Classes Two Weeks After Spring Break
Beginning March 23 through Friday, April 3, all classes will be conducted online. When you leave campus for spring break, please take all
instructional materials including textbooks and devices to prepare for online learning.
Campuses Remain Operational
OSU campuses will remain open. All facilities—including Covelle Hall and the OSUIT
library—and all Student Union services—including the Cowboy Café, book store, and
post office—will remain open during regular business hours following spring break.
We will continue to closely monitor the status of COVID-19 and will keep you informed
of additional developments impacting our campus. Please refer to this page for regular updates and useful FAQs.
If you have questions about your classwork or need support during this period, please
contact your instructor, or you may contact your school for more information:
School of Arts, Sciences & Health
Dean Lisa Weis | 918-521-1192 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Dean Hayden Roberts | 405-323-9265 | email@example.com
School of Creative & Information Technologies
Dean Christian Bradley | 918-293-5305 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Dean Eileen Dewey | 918-293-4780 | email@example.com
School of Engineering & Construction Technologies
Dean Steve Olmstead | 918-293-4744 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Dean Darren Woodard | 918-293-4738 | email@example.com
Assistant Dean Jeff Cushing | 918-293-5380 | firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Transportation & Heavy Equipment
Dean Terryl Lindsey | 918-293-4730 | email@example.com
Assistant Dean Adam Ellis | 918-293-4730 | firstname.lastname@example.org
From the President
OSU Institute of Technology is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are taking every step possible to assist our students and employees and ensure
the safety of our campus. We are also working closely with our colleagues on all OSU
campuses while following the guidance of local, state, national and global health
officials as we contemplate the timing of contingency plans and next steps.
Health and Safety
The OSUIT Emergency Management team is actively reviewing the protocols for contagious
disease and will decide what actions are necessary to protect the campus community.
We work closely with state and local health departments and, in step with their guidance,
encourage everyone to take reasonable measures to protect themselves to prevent infection.
More information on health precautions can be found below.
Contingency Plan for Course Continuation
At this time, there is no imminent plan for closing the campus or canceling classes.
However, contingency plans are being explored at the academic level should the spread
of this virus warrant such an action. Students and faculty are advised to take any
course materials and devices with them as they leave for spring break in the event
it becomes necessary to move face-to-face instruction online for a time. Additional
information will be made available to students and faculty in the event of such a
New Travel Restrictions
OSU has issued new domestic and international travel guidelines:
- Effective March 13, all university-sponsored international travel is prohibited until further notice.
- International travel for personal reasons is strongly discouraged.
- Effective immediately, all non-essential university-sponsored domestic air travel is suspended until further notice.
- Effective immediately, all out-of-state travel for University-related business or
academic purposes is suspended until further notice, unless such travel is essential to the university.
- There are no current restrictions on in-state university-related travel.
While many of our students and employees will be traveling over spring break, we hope
those who do will familiarize themselves with the protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and heed their advice and recommendations.
We will continue to provide updates as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience as we make decisions regarding
Posted March 5, 2020
Coronavirus: What You Need to Know
Oklahoma State University health officials are closely monitoring an outbreak of a
new Coronavirus that causes pneumonia. The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is believed
to have originated in a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China, in December
Officials are actively screening international travelers at most major airports.
The CDC confirmed that some limited person-to-person spread of the virus is occurring,
but “CDC continues to believe the risks of Coronavirus to the America public at large
remains low at this time.”
In an abundance of caution, we encourage all members of the campus community to follow
basic steps to prevent the spread of illness:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Seek medical assistance as soon as you can if you become symptomatic during or after
If you are returning from international travel, please contact your Health Care Provider
for a brief phone screening. If you need medical assistance, please contact your Health
Care Provider or contact the OSUIT Campus Health Services Clinic at 918-293-4946.
- The Centers for Disease Control has created a website to provide current information
about the 2019 Coronavirus.
- Johns Hopkins University has created a map to monitor the spread of the virus:
Do you have specific medical questions about your health and the Coronavirus? Contact
your Health Care Provider or the OSUIT Campus Health Services Clinic at 918-293-4946.
Information provided by Oklahoma State Department of Health.