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Nov 12, 2020

Panhandle State Communications

Update on OPSU’s Move to Virtual Instruction

Due to increased risk exposure to COVID-19, OPSU will have a diminished capacity to effectively clean and sanitize all campus buildings during the remainder of the semester. Current university resources and backup personnel will allow us to maintain appropriate sanitization through Friday. This situation, while difficult, is a short-term personnel issue caused by COVID-19.

In an effort to keep our students, employees, and community safe, the decision has been made to move the date for the start of virtual instruction and appropriate virtual campus operations to Friday, November 13, at 4:30 pm.

This decision will allow the university to focus resources on cleaning and sanitizing the most critical areas of campus to keep our residential campus students and our community safe while we finish the semester.

Campus housing will be available to students who need or choose to stay on campus during this time. Students remaining in campus residential housing should report their decision to stay on campus to Ms. Amber Glass, Dean of Students, studentservices@opsu.edu. OPSU’s regular food services will remain available.

Prorated refunds will be made available. For information and to apply, click here.

The academic calendar will not change. Classes will continue as scheduled in a virtual format for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester. Contact your instructor for specific instructions for your class.

Final exams will be held December 8-11 in a virtual or modified format. Spring classes will resume as scheduled, in person, on January 6, 2021.

Students who may need assistance with computer access and technology can contact Ms. Sarah Green, Dean of the Academic Resource Center, arc@opsu.edu, or 580-349-1533.

All campus offices can be accessed virtually, and telecommunication and video conferencing can be arranged. A directory for all campus offices and personnel is available online here.

All remaining Homecoming events will be rescheduled for the spring semester.

All remaining OPSU fall athletic events are canceled. Where possible, the canceled contests will be rescheduled in spring.

OPSU Commencement Exercises for the class of 2020 planned for December 12 will be rescheduled.

We thank you for your continued support of the OPSU community. Please understand that our primary concern is our students, faculty, staff, and community’s health and safety.

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