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OPSU COVID-19 Reopening Information

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Open Up Safe Plan

  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet away from others - if your workspace does not allow social distancing, please contact your supervisor or HR for assistance.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Continue to have zoom/virtual meetings as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you feel sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick
  • Supervisors will be flexible during this time for absences and remote working.

Follow this flow chart:

Covid-19 Flow Chart (PDF)


If you believe you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or you suspect you have developed any symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your Primary Care Provider and let your supervisor know.

Students should text (580) 952-0540 for assistance.


Learn More About Quarantine vs. Isolation (PDF)

#CampusClear

#CampusClear is a free app built to help colleges and universities return to campus safely and make informed decisions about on-campus activity.

#CampusClear’s daily self-screener takes less than 10 seconds to complete; It is highly recommended that you enable notifications for #CampusClear on your mobile device, in order to receive the once-daily reminder.

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In the event that a case of COVID-19 is confirmed to have entered a campus facility. We will take every action to sanitize buildings to mitigate the risk of transmission.

If a building needs to be cleaned and sanitized, an email will be sent out to all OPSU faculty, staff, and students from Natasha Eidson, Director of Campus Communications. The subject line of the email will read “Building Closed for Cleaning” and will provide details of the buildings affected and a timeline for cleaning and sanitization. On average, it takes approximately four hours to sanitize and deep clean a single building on campus.

If a building on campus is closed for cleaning, please do not enter until after the time indicated in the email notification. This will allow our custodial and maintenance staff time to thoroughly sanitize and bring the building back online as quickly as possible.

If you suspect that you have had contact with an individual with COVID-19, please notify your supervisor as soon as possible so we can work quickly to reduce the chance of transmission.

Thank you for your continuing efforts to reduce the risk of spreading the virus further. Together, we are working diligently to maintain a safe working environment.

The OPSU campus will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For the last few months the university has sought input and advice regarding the adoption of uniform face covering guidance. After serious consideration of several policy options and input from the Student Government Association, the campus COVID-19 Rapid Response Team, and campus and community stakeholders OPSU will adopt uniform guidance on face coverings. This Guidance will allow the University to stay open safely for students, faculty, and staff.

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors must wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities and buildings. Face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

Places where you are not required to wear a face covering include:

  • your own dorm room,
  • alone in your office,
  • outdoors where social distancing requirements are met, and
  • student athletes when practicing and competing according to guidance from NAIA.

Anyone not using a face covering when required may be asked to wear one.

Those who are unable to wear a face covering may opt-out of this policy with appropriate documentation from a medical provider. Free disposable masks and reusable masks are available for purchase at the OPSU Aggie Fan Store in the Student Union.

Out-of-State and International Travel – All out-of state and international travel for University-related business or academic purposes was suspended effective March 13. It will remain suspended until further notice unless approved by your supervisor.

In-State Travel – While there are no current restrictions on in-state, University-related travel, all in-state University travel will be monitored and must be approved by your supervisor.

Fall 2020

The first summer session is underway with classes in session online, and the phased reopening of the university has begun. Since March, faculty worked tirelessly to make sure the student experience was a good one as we moved all instruction online for the spring. President Faltyn said, "their care and attention to our students' needs made all the difference. Our faculty have led the way in making sure students and meeting their academic needs remain the central focus at a time of so much uncertainty."

As our university community turns our attention to the fall semester, Deans and Department Chairs have laid the foundation for welcoming students back to campus with comprehensive planning for the fall semester. The group has been hard at work developing and adopting measures to ensure we proceed with the traditional on-campus experience in as safe a way as possible without negatively impacting student learning.

In addition to a return to traditional courses delivered in person, OPSU has confirmed that we have the capacity and expertise to create excellent online educational opportunities. The 2019/2020 academic year saw tremendous growth and success in our flagship online programs such as Nursing, with plans to bring Agribusiness, Business, and Arts and Education options to the same level of excellence in the future. Together with the unprecedented move online this spring we have decided to invest in a state of the art College of Online Programs to continue to expand online educational opportunities for students.

A comprehensive plan for the fall semester to resume on campus is in its final stages. The fall academic plan dovetails with university-wide planning, including cleaning and disinfection protocols, social distancing, and other public health measures as advised by the CDC, the State Health Department, and OMES. As with all planning in this era of COVID-19, this comprehensive plan is a living document and will evolve as the situation changes or guidance is revised.

There will be several key changes taking place for our on-campus classes to promote public health and provide exceptional learning experiences. Any changes to an already scheduled course will be communicated to students through their Aggie Scholars learning management portal. These adaptations include:

  1. All on-campus courses will adopt a hybrid course delivery model with content available on the university Learning Management System. All course information will be announced on their course page in Aggie Scholars.
    1. In-person class meetings will be limited to 30 students. Courses that were initially larger than this limit will observe a hybrid meeting schedule, with smaller groups of students meeting in person and the rest of the class meeting virtually.
    2. Some classes will meet synchronously online, with the course meeting at the scheduled time, but in a virtual classroom environment.
  1. To ensure that students travel between classes without high traffic and congestion and to allow ample time for cleaning and disinfection protocols:
    1. Some course start and end times will be altered.
    1. Other courses may be reassigned by building and floor to new locations.
    2. Any changes will be announced on the class Aggie Scholars page.
  2. Additional sections of courses will be available online when appropriate.

OPSU will continue to provide community-wide updates at opsu.edu/coronavirus/ and through social media.

OPSU is excited to partner with TouchNet OneCard to offer a new ID card system for added functionality across campus. To access and use your Aggie Campus ID, please view the Guide for Installing OneCard at onecard.opsu.edu .

Oklahoma Panhandle State University has partnered with Akademos to better serve students with a new experience for book rentals and purchasing.

Starting with the Fall 2020 term, OPSU will launch a new online bookstore for all textbooks and course materials. Selecting and ordering books will be entirely done through the Online Bookstore system, and students will have their course materials shipped to them on an individual basis.

Visit bookstore.opsu.edu


To order your cap & gown, diploma frames, class rings, and other commencement items go to commencement.opsu.edu/Regalia

For specific academic, course, or scheduling questions contact the Academic Resource Center:

Phone: 580-349-1558

Email: arc@opsu.edu

Website: arc.opsu.edu

Cares Act

OPSU is able to provide some financial assistance to our students who have been economically impacted by this global pandemic through the federally funded CARES Act.

Panhandle State CARES Student Aid Grant eligibility is determined by the U.S. Department of Education. Students must be eligible to receive Title IV funding as set forth by the Higher Education Act, as amended, in order to be considered for this grant in accordance with Department of Education requirements.

To be eligible for Aggie CARES Grant, you must be a degree student registered for at least one "in person" class in the Spring 2020 semester. Students concurrently enrolled are not eligible for the CARES Grant.

If you have not already applied, please complete the short application form at my.opsu.edu to be considered for emergency financial aid. Students will need their student ID number to apply.

Apply Now for Panhandle State CARES Student Aid Grants

OPSU also has academic, activity, and athletic scholarships available. For information on how to apply go to scholarships.opsu.edu

Oklahoma Panhandle State University received $441,292 in CARES Act funding for Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students as of October 10, 2020 is $312,600.

There is estimated 635 students who are or could be eligible to participate in the Federal Student Financial Aid Programs, and 472 of those students have received the Panhandle State CARES Student Aid Grant.

About Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What to do / Preventing the spread of coronavirus

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.