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Coronavirus and OSU-CHS Impact: Frequently Asked Questions
OSU is taking steps to keep our campuses safe. We are actively working with the Tulsa Health Department and Oklahoma State Department of Health to stay updated on the status and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Is the College of Osteopathic Medicine still having classes on campus?
No, beginning March 23 through April 5, students will not be allowed on campus. Online classes will be offered and instructors and department chairs will communicate that process to students.
What about Graduate Program classes?
Since the Graduate Programs at OSU-CHS are under the Graduate College, they will follow the guidelines set out by the OSU Stillwater campus and move to online classes. Students will receive instructions from the program or course directors that are unique to their program. Specific contact information will follow in case further clarification is needed on how to proceed. If there are lab concerns, the Office of Research, the individual program directors or their mentor will be in contact.
Is campus closed?
Building hours are now Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Campus entrances will be restricted to Founders Hall West (Main) and Northwest entrances ONLY beginning March 19. Campus will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Access to study carrels (in the library and Tandy building) are also closed. The Market/Bookstore will remain open and we encourage all employees to stay on campus after they arrive in the morning. All deliveries will be moved to the Loading Dock. The Tandy Building is only open to staff and faculty. Students will not have access to Tandy.
Is the Fitness Center or Medical Library open?
No, the OSU-CHS Medical Library and Fitness Center are closed through April 5.
What about events on campus?
All campus events through April 18 have been postponed or cancelled.
Can I still travel for OSU-related business?
Out-of-State Travel – Effective March 13, all university-sponsored international travel is prohibited until further notice. All in-state and out-of-state travel for university-related business or academic purposes is suspended until further notice, unless such travel is essential to the university and approved by appropriate administrators.
What about personal travel protocols?
International travel for personal reasons is strongly discouraged. University affiliated travelers coming from CDC “Level 3” travel warning countries must complete a health screening over the phone with University Health Services (405) 744-7665. Any individual who has recently traveled domestically or internationally is encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days.
The Tulsa Health Department recommends that students, faculty and staff who have traveled to areas with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 should stay home 14 days from their return to self-monitor and avoid contact with others as a preventative measure. All 50 states have reported cases of COVID-19 to CDC and many have community-acquired cases where the source of the infection is unknown. Read more from the THD website. Please contact the OSU employee health nurse at OSU-CHS at 918-281-2755 for reporting.
Can I work from home?
OSU-CHS faculty and staff will move to a partial telecommuting work environment beginning March 18 through April 5. Your supervisor will notify you if you are approved for telecommuting.
Can I bring my child to work if they are out of school?
The campus will be closed to all students and outside visitors through April 5. Please refrain from bringing your children to work with you. HR and your supervisor will work with you as childcare becomes problematic.
What if I'm not feeling well?
Please stay home and contact your medical provider.