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COVID-19 Policies and Updates at Oklahoma Colleges

Updated: Sep 14, 2020

By Sydnie Balcer

News Reporter

Around the United States, colleges are having to constantly adapt and change to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Watching what other universities are doing with the pandemic gives students and faculty insight as to what changes students and faculty at SWOSU might see in the future.

When Oklahoma college students were sent home last spring, the announcements were one after another. As major universities announced that they would be going online for the rest of the semester, many other universities quickly followed with similar announcements. While each university is different and has faculty making decisions specific to their own scenarios, there is expected to be a lot of similarities in how universities react. Here’s what some other Oklahoma universities are doing in response to COVID-19.

Oklahoma State University Oklahoma State University currently has 108 self-reported positive COVID-19 cases with 13 students in quarantine housing. OSU, similarly to SWOSU, requires all students and faculty to wear masks, is practicing social distancing on-campus, has hand sanitizer available at multiple locations, and is regularly cleaning facilities. OSU also offers free COVID-19 testing to students and faculty and will be contact-tracing throughout the semester.

The University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma has announced that they have had a positive COVID-19 case in the residence halls on campus, but there have not been official numbers released as to how many total cases they have had. OU requires students and faculty to wear masks at all three of their campuses and has masks available to anyone who might need them. Everyone is to practice social distancing, and there is a mandatory online screening that all students and faculty must complete before returning to campus. There have been cleaning supplies made available in the dorms, and there is curbside COVID-19 testing available for all students and faculty.

University of Central Oklahoma

The University of Central Oklahoma has not announced any positive COVID-19 cases for the fall 2020 semester as students have returned to campus. Students and faculty are required to wear masks inside and outside any time they are around other people and are social distancing on campus. UCO has created a website for anyone looking for more information about COVID-19 policies and updates on campus. The website has mental health resources, recommendations, and important information about COVID-19 about UCO, including information about the on-campus COVID-19 testing they offer.

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