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The Cowboys Coming Back Plan

As we look ahead at a careful, phased reopening of our campus, doing our part to protect the health and wellbeing of our fellow Cowboys in the face of COVID-19 has never been more critical. We urge everyone to take personal responsibility in following recommended guidelines, as only through a collective, cooperative effort can we help protect our campus community.
The timeline below is based on updates from the CDC and public health officials. Dates are subject to change.

Timeline for Reopening

Oklahoma State University – Stillwater

OSU plans to have in-person classes on our beautiful campus this fall. Academic leadership and the Pandemic Response Committee are working on a range of plans to keep the wellbeing of our community a top priority. The plans consider classroom size, class structures and schedules, as well as protective equipment and methods for monitoring and maintaining our collective and individual health.


 

Phase 1: May 1 – May 30 (Complete)

Campus Status

  • Classes online
  • Campus closed to visitors
  • Limited Workforce (essential employees only in compliance with prescribed safety and distancing measures)
  • Promotion of telecommuting where possible

 

Key Planning Events/Activities:

  • Campus recovery & reopening planning in core areas
  • Promotion of social distancing, disinfection, and safety guidelines

  

Phase 2: June 1 – July 6 

(Complete)

Campus Status

  • Classes online
  • Campus closed to visitors
  • Limited workforce (based on necessity of individual departments and in compliance with prescribed safety and distancing measures)
  • Promotion of telecommuting where possible
  • Launch of employee reopening plan (June 4)
  • Launch of student reopening plan (June 30)

 

Key Planning Events/Activities:

  • Procurement of anticipated supplies and materials 
  • Facility/classroom preparation 
  • Development of enhanced public health monitoring and response plan
  • Development of faculty, staff and student training
  • OSU Medicine opens swab pod on Stillwater campus

  

Phase 3: July 7– July 31 

(Complete)

Campus Status

  • Classes online
  • Campus reopens to visitors
  • Increased workforce presence (consider rotating shifts/staggered starts, compliance with prescribed safety and distancing measures)
  • Promotion of telecommuting where possible

 

Key Planning Events/Activities:

  • Piloting of enhanced health monitoring & response plan 
  • Continued procurement of anticipated supplies and materials 
  • Continued facility/classroom preparation 
  • Faculty and staff training on campus response
  • OSU Medicine swab pod offers free COVID testing to employees and students

  

Phase 4: Aug. 1 – Aug. 17

(Complete)

Campus Status

  • Return to in-person classes
  • Campus open to visitors
  • Increased workforce presence (consider rotating shifts/staggered starts, compliance with prescribed safety and distancing measures, telecommuting as needed)

 

Key Planning Events/Activities:

  • Staggered move-in of residents and resumption of in-person classes (with safety measures)
  • Enhanced public health promotion, education, and surveillance
  • Faculty, staff student training on campus response
  • OSU Medicine swab pod offers free COVID testing to employees and students

  

Phase 5: Aug. 18 - Thanksgiving Break

Campus Status

  • In-person classes on campus for fall semester

 

Key Planning Events/Activities:

  • Continued campus health promotion, education, and public health awareness
  • Collaboration with state and local health department on monitoring regional trends
  • Flu vaccine distribution & influenza like illness (ILI) monitoring
  • Preparation & planning for spring 2021 semester

  

Phase 6: Nov. 30 - Dec. 11

Campus Status

  • Pre Finals and Finals Week conducted online

 

Key Planning Events/Activities

  • Friday, December 11- Graduate Commencement
  • Saturday, December 12- Undergraduate Commencement
  • Continued campus health promotion, education, and public health awareness
  • Collaboration with state and local health department on monitoring regional trends
  • Collection of assessment data on semester experience & public health response
  • Public health guidance for students returning home in preparation for spring 2021
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