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OPSU Update on COVID-19—March 27

Statement from Dr. Tim Faltyn, President of Oklahoma Panhandle State University

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, we are making every effort to comply with the Centers for Disease Control (full recommendation here ) and Oklahoma State Department of Health measures. We are grateful for the continued support of the OPSU community. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community.

With a lot of hard decisions made in the past two weeks, this one is perhaps the most difficult. Oklahoma Panhandle State University will continue with virtual instruction for the remainder of the spring semester, 2020. This decision has been made with great collaboration across campus and with the hope of keeping our students, employees, and community safe.

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Information For Students

All students on or returning to campus must be screened for symptoms.

OPSU is continuing to abide by all Centers for Disease Control and Oklahoma State Department of Health measures, as we discussed in a campus-wide meeting on March 13th. As a result, OPSU is implementing a mandatory screening requirement for all students on or returning to campus. Students must contact the OPSU School Nurse upon arrival back to campus (email panhandlehousing@opsu.edu or call 580.349.1362).

BSN and Online BBA students who are not returning to campus and only take classes online are encouraged, like all of the OPSU family, to know the symptoms of COVID-19 and take all everyday precautions.

Thank you for following these guidelines and helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to check our website for additional updates http://opsu.edu/coronavirus/

Room, board, and applicable fees will be refunded to students on a prorated basis as appropriate. For students who have a balance on their bursar account, the credited amount will be applied to your current total balance to reduce your balance due. Any additional credit will roll over for future semesters. For seniors graduating this semester, a refund check will be mailed to you after all credit is applied to your outstanding balance.

Instructions on how to enroll for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters can be found here.

Students who live on campus must make arrangements to remove their belongings and check out and practice social distancing at this time. We will assist all students who must remain on campus because they have no other option for housing. Please check your OPSU email and check back here for additional information and to schedule your check-out. All students who are able should be checked out from campus housing no later than April 12, 2020.

OPSU will continue to provide all students who are not able to leave campus with grab and go meals at our University cafeteria and will continue to look for ways that make their stay on campus during these unprecedented times as comfortable as possible


Any maintenance issues will be reported through the help ticket system at the following link: http://www.opsu.edu/Facilities/Physical_Plant/Help/ or through your resident assistant.

International travel for personal reasons is strongly discouraged. If international travel is necessary, please refer to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for specific port-of-entry screening processes, as well as any travel restrictions.

Other than for students returning home, you are encouraged to avoid non-essential domestic travel.

A list of travel restrictions from the CDC is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

More information from the CDC is available here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus- hubei-province--china.html

If you have any specific questions, please contact Amber Glass, International Student Coordinator, at amber.glass@opsu.edu

Students who are completing internships for course credit (ACCT 4700; BADM 4700; CIS 4700) should contact the course instructor for guidance.


Student teaching by education interns will be suspended for the remainder of the spring semester, 2020. OPSU classes are being conducted online.

Classroom observations by education students will be suspended during the spring semester, 2020. OPSU classes are being conducted online.

Counseling Services:
Our campus Counselor, Rene Ramon, will be available for virtual counseling appointments. Please text or call 580-651-3302. If you have a regular appointment with Rene, please continue. You will just call/text in instead of visiting her in the office. If you have never been seen by Rene, but would like to schedule an appointment please call 580-651-3302.


Tutoring Services:
All students have a Tutor.com account. If your course is a canvas course, the link is in the left margin. If your course is in D2L, it is in the resources tab on the top right. In either platform, YOU MUST BE IN YOUR DESIRED COURSE TO ACCESS IT. It is not available from the dashboard. Also, if you run out of hours, call 580-349-1533. More hours can be added.


What if I have more questions?
Please call 580-349-1558 and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible, or we will direct your call to another office if appropriate. Our goal is to give you extended support through this time.

Contact your professor, academic advisor, or call 580-349-1558 and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible so that we can get you back on track.

Faculty & Staff Virtual Campus Support

All OPSU faculty members have accounts in and should have access to Canvas. To access your Canvas account, please go to https://opsu.instructure.com/. Your login address and password are the same that you use to login to your OPSU account.

Here are some resources from the Canvas Community:

If students need to be added to a Canvas course, please send the course CRN to Amber Glass at amber.glass@opsu.edu

If faculty members are experiencing any issues with Canvas, please contact Amber Glass, Registrar, at amber.glass@opsu.edu

Faculty already have D2L course shells created with students enrolled for each course they are teaching. D2L is easily accessed from the my.opsu.edu portal by clicking on the Aggie Scholars Online Classroom icon. No additional login is required.

All Faculty have been enrolled in an Aggie Scholars (D2L/Brightspace) Instructor Training course for D2L that includes short how-to videos covering introductory through advanced instruction on the many tools available in the system. Additional local support is available for both faculty and students by emailing aggiescholars@opsu.edu.

Course material is easily accessed by students in D2L as the system automatically formats most content for any size screen without needing a mobile app. Tools are available for real-time engagement with students in either audio/video or audio only formats. Additional tools allow students to submit video or audio assignments as well as traditional drop box type assignments and quizzes.

To access your workstation computer and campus technology resources such as the P drive remotely, please see:

https://it.okstate.edu/services/osuvpn/index.html

https://osuvpn.okstate.edu

With all the change going on around us, it is important that we do our best not to overwhelm our students or ourselves with too many technology changes in courses. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • If you already use D2L or Canvas use the LMS integrated tools for the functionality you need if you can. Students are generally familiar with these platforms. It makes everything centralized. No new websites or logins. Support is readily available.

  • Zoom is a new tool, but it is widely distributed, easy to use, and well supported. Feel free to make use of it. We are working on integrating it into D2L and Canvas.

  • If there is a technology you have already used with your class, keep using it if it meets your needs.

  • Don’t add more than 1 new tool. Keeping it simple is beneficial to the students and their teacher. If you add a new tool, make sure you are ready to provide students the support they will need to learn how to use it.

Students and faculty alike, are spending a good amount of their time and energy processing events, worrying about friends and family, jobs, money, and the future. They may not have as much time and energy to focus on learning new tools and systems beyond the course requirements without becoming very frustrated. Remember we are in extraordinary times, be kind, be patient, and be understanding.

Telework is an alternative work arrangement that allows an employee to work outside of the traditional on-site work environment for all or part of the regular workweek during this period of ever-changing uncertainty. Please direct questions about eligibility for telework to the area-specific director.

View the Human Resources page for more info

All Faculty are eligible for a Zoom Pro account https://zoom.us/

For training materials to use Zoom for education please see:
https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/06/how-to-use-zoom-for-online-learning/

If you would like access to Zoom and haven’t already received an invitation to activate your Zoom Pro account please email Howard Henderson at howardh@opsu.edu

If you require additional hardware to use Zoom, please contact your Department Chair or Dean.

Campus & Community

OPSU campus is closed to the public until further notice. All University and community events are postponed at this time. Mission-critical personnel will be on campus as appropriate and will be scheduled to minimize contact with others. All campus offices can be accessed virtually. If necessary, telecommunication and video conferencing can be arranged. A directory is available online here.

All Campus Events for the next three weeks would be impacted and set for a later date.

View the events calendar

Effective immediately, the Sooner Athletic Conference has suspended indefinitely all practices and competitions for athletics programs of its 11 member institutions. The league’s Council of Presidents unanimously reached the decision Thursday afternoon.

With health, safety, and well-being of student-athletes as a top priority, SAC Presidents view this as the right and necessary step to take relative to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Conference officials will continue to work closely with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and SAC Presidents intend to communicate frequently in the days ahead to determine when and if the suspension can be lifted.

In considering when and if the suspension can be lifted, Conference officials will look to establish a date when practices can resume, followed by a subsequent date when competitions can commence.

If you have any specific questions, please contact Meghan Mulcahy, Director of Athletics, at meghan.mulcahy@opsu.edu

All Pearson tests at this facility to be taken from March 23, 2020 through April 5, 2020 will be rescheduled. Testers will reschedule for a later date through Pearson and not through OPSU. When rescheduling, it is recommended that testers schedule as far out as is comfortable for their individual needs in case a further extension is necessary. Pearson has been notified and will be working to make this as seamless as possible for our testers.

Campus tours that have been previously scheduled during this time will be cancelled and you will be contacted about potential dates for postponing your visit. We are excited to welcome visitors back to campus after the spring semester.

If you have any specific questions, please contact Jade Houtz, Director of Admissions at jade.houtz@opsu.edu.

All university sponsored out-of-state travel is suspended indefinitely.

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.