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A Message from the President

May 12, 2020


OSU Employees,

 

With the completion of the academic year, we are continuing to reevaluate the schedule for the return of employees to campus.

 

While many parts of the community and state are beginning to open, the university has determined the healthiest path forward is to remain closed to visitors until July 7.

 

While the campus is closed to visitors, employees will continue to work from home at the direction of their supervisor. Supervisors will advise those employees whose functions cannot be performed remotely and require on-campus work. When on campus, employees should observe social distancing and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible. If an employee does not have a face covering, contact your supervisor and one will be provided. Any employees who do come to campus should not come to work sick.

 

Older adults and persons with severe underlying health conditions are at increased risk of more serious illness after contracting COVID-19. As such, employees 65 and over, or with severe underlying health conditions, should consider alternatives to working on-campus at this time. Please contact your supervisor and HR Consultant. If employees are unable to return to the campus when asked due to childcare or other caregiver duties or need accommodations for their current work location, please work with your supervisor and HR Consultant.

 

As announced earlier, Oklahoma State is planning for in-person classes for the fall semester. This new timetable for employees will reduce the number of people on campus through June and help us better prepare the campus for students in August. We will provide details about the plan for reopening campus in the near future.

 

In closing, I want to again thank faculty and staff for the tremendous efforts you have made during these difficult days. You quickly and effectively made the appropriate changes to allow OSU to carry out its land-grant mission. That work includes the incredible job our health experts, researchers and volunteers have done to support Oklahoma’s COVID-19 response.

 

Continue to stay safe and healthy. I look forward to the day when we are together again on campus.

 

Go Pokes!

 

Sincerely,

V. Burns Hargis

 

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