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President: SWOSU shifts to online for Spring Semester

Updated: Jun 21

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, President Randy Beutler has announced that the university will convert to online classes for the remainder of Spring Semester 2020.



The Administration Building on the SWOSU campus. Photo: Kiersten Stone.



Here is the latest update by SWOSU President Beutler from March 25:


Regarding Governor Kevin Stitt’s recent executive order, SWOSU is considered an essential business operation and will continue to operate on a restricted basis to serve students and provide essential operations.


To further ensure the safety of the SWOSU community, all buildings at Weatherford and Sayre campuses are closed to the public until further notice. Only SWOSU faculty, staff, students and approved visitors should enter any university building. Several offices are providing services via email and phone.


As a reminder, students continue to have access to the designated computer labs on both campuses.


The university has taken additional steps to prevent and slow the spread of the virus through several actions, including the transitioning of classes to alternative instructional delivery methods for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.


As stated in earlier announcements, students are strongly encouraged to leave campus if possible. Supervisors are encouraged to communicate with staff about the methods in which essential functions of the university will continue to be completed.


Our highest priority is the safety of our students, faculty, staff and surrounding community. We continue to monitor developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations of state and federal health officials.


Randy Beutler


President


Before Spring Break, Beutler had already announced shifting to online classes for two weeks after Spring Break:


March 12, 2020


Dear SWOSU community:


As you know from previous communications, university leadership has been closely following events and public health recommendations surrounding the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


As a precautionary and protective measure, SWOSU is transitioning all in-person classes to an online learning environment for the two-week period following Spring Break, beginning Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3.


Though our campus classes will not meet in person, the university will remain open. SWOSU employees will report to work as usual. University housing, computer labs, food service, health clinics, counseling services, research labs and all other aspects of the university will remain open during the two-week period from March 23-April 3.


As students leave campus for Spring Break, they should take all instructional materials, including textbooks and devices, to prepare for online learning. For more information, https://swosu.edu/resources/coronavirus-students.aspx


Additional information further defining the transition is included in the links below. These links will be updated as necessary.

General information for students, faculty and staff: https://swosu.edu/resources/coronavirus-general-information.aspx


Student learning details and answers to students’ frequently asked questions: https://swosu.edu/resources/coronavirus-faqs-students.aspx


Faculty resources for necessary technology: https://swosu.edu/resources/coronavirus-faculty.aspx


Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the SWOSU campuses at this time,we are implementing this plan to prevent large gatherings on campus. As a result, all events/activities/meetings are suspended from March 23 through April 3.


SWOSU is closely monitoring the current safety levels with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue to monitor the SWOSU website at www.swosu.edu and the coronavirus info quick link: https://www.swosu.edu/resources/coronavirus.aspx


This is a difficult and extraordinary time in our lives and the history of this institution. There is no perfect plan to deal with this current situation. However, we have outlined a plan that we believe is operable for the time being. We will work through this the best way we know how.

There will be issues that arise that were not foreseen. There will be issues that were not contemplated. However, we have good, dedicated people and students on our campus who will make this work.


Our goal is the safety of our students, faculty and staff and to create a safe learning environment for the time being. These are times that we hope we will not see again. In order to make this work, in many instances, we will have to improvise, think outside the box, and hope that this will be a one-time, temporary endeavor into the educational unknown.


The spread of COVID-19 may necessitate changes in the way we interact, but it does not change what we do. SWOSU will continue to operate and will continue to deliver the highest-quality education possible to the students we serve, and SWOSU employees will continue to perform their duties.


Randy Beutler

SWOSU President


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