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Phased Reopening of SWOSU Offices Starts June 1

May 28, 2020

Staff, Administrators & Faculty,

I know this has been a trying and challenging time for us in the SWOSU community as we have adapted to a closed campus and altered working situations. I am proud of SWOSU staff and faculty for making the adjustments necessary to offer our services in a very different environment. I also thank the students, parents and community for adjusting to a variety of virtual educational methods. We have met the challenges while continuing to provide effective teaching, scholarly endeavors and civic engagement in this uncertain time.

With that in mind, I inform you of our intention to begin a phased reopening of our department and administrative offices to employees and visitors starting June 1.  We have constructed a phased plan that is built on Oklahoma’s approach to re-opening the state’s economy. By June 1, offices will reopen on a limited basis and the campus will be accessible to visitors. Keep in mind that this is a gradual re-opening and therefore we will keep in place the virtual delivery of coursework for the summer semester and cancellation of campus activities and gatherings through the end of June.

This plan to reopen campus is dependent on the decline of COVID-19 cases in the area.  We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health officials in taking these steps. Full compliance with state and other public health guidelines will help to ensure that we will be able to resume our return to work in a quick and safe manner.  Accepting this shared responsibility will be an essential part of keeping our campus safe.

While we know that the structure of our life and work will not be the same, I am optimistic about the future of SWOSU!  The planning taking place at all levels is impressive, and we will share more information as soon as we can. This includes our preparations for the fall semester, when we intend to resume in-person instruction on our campuses.

What is paramount in this situation is the care that we all demonstrate toward our students, faculty, staff and visitors.  Because, in the final analysis, we will all be judged by the compassion and consideration for the health of others that we show in this trying time.  To that end, I would ask you to please read and follow the guidelines that have been listed in this document. 

I greatly appreciate your support in this important effort!

Randy Beutler
SWOSU President

Guide to Reopen SWOSU Campus