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May 26, 2020

[The following video and letter from ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson were sent this evening to ORU parents and students, as well as faculty and staff:]

Dear ORU Parents and Students,

Parents, nothing is as precious as our children; they are a gift from God. As you prepare to send your son or daughter back to Oral Roberts University for the Fall 2020 semester, I want to assure you that we are committed to partnering with you to develop your most precious treasure into the leader God has designed them to be. I also want to pledge to you that we are equally committed to your child’s safety and to their educational formation.

Students, we miss you! Your presence brings our campus to life, and we can’t wait to welcome you back to your campus home after such a prolonged and unexpected absence. We are prayerfully making diligent plans to relaunch our on-campus experience in a manner that is physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy.

Yes, we plan to begin our Fall 2020 semester in August with on-campus, face-to-face instruction and to do so as safely as possible. In a concern for overall safety, we are shifting this year’s fall academic calendar dates.

The first day of class for Fall 2020 will be Thursday, August 13; the last day of finals will be Tuesday, November 24. We request that residential students remain on campus and travel as little as possible during the fall semester to limit exposure to the virus. Therefore, we will have no fall break. This adjusted schedule allows us to conclude the semester before Thanksgiving while also fulfilling the necessary number of government-mandated school days.

In lieu of breaks we will have three “One Day Off” moments on the following days: September 7 (Labor Day), October 12 (Columbus Day), and November 3 (Election Day).

From the very beginning of the pandemic, ORU has been at the forefront of protecting the health of our students, faculty, and staff. We have purchased new UV and mist/air cleaning equipment capable of sanitizing rooms and public spaces in a matter of minutes; we have added cleaning staff who are using hospital-grade, virus-killing solutions; we are practicing physical distancing in all public spaces, including classrooms and the cafeteria; and we are requiring masks to be worn.

In addition to our already exceptionally high scores for campus safety, we have expanded our security protocols for COVID-19 to include properly screening anyone entering campus. We have a full-time registered nurse and access to physicians. Our new Counseling Center (which expanded significantly this past year) is equipped to support students emotionally during these times, and our Student Life team is engaged in ongoing care, prayer, and discipleship for every learner.

Beyond our commitment to safety and well-being, we are absolutely devoted to equipping students for the post-COVID-19 workplace and world. Our professors are simply some of the best on the planet, with ORU rated fourth in the nation in student engagement last year, among over 3,000 universities/colleges. Our faculty are exceptional instructors and Godly, Spirit-empowered people who love every member of the student body and help form them into whole leaders.

This summer our courses are being offered both in person and remotely so students who are prohibited from traveling or prefer to attend remotely are still able to continue their education. While we are ready to immediately move to fully remote learning if necessary, we plan to be face-to-face this fall, albeit with appropriate safety measures in all living and learning spaces.

ORU has many advantages that large state schools and universities do not have—including the ability to adapt quickly, as we did after spring break when we pivoted to remote learning with the help of the state-of-the-art technology in our Global Learning Center. Along with using common sense and following the recommendations of government and health officials, we will continue to do what we have always done: pray and trust God to help us make wise decisions that will protect the ORU community and keep everyone safe.

As President, my commitment to you is to promote a physically safe, spiritually vibrant, and wholesome atmosphere where all ORU students can continue to pursue their dreams, learn their discipline, and prepare to change the world. Our mission is very simple: To develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through Whole Person Education to impact the world.

Please know that my prayers are with you and your family this summer. I look forward to an awesome 2020-2021 academic year. I believe we are going to see God work in amazing ways! See you in August!

Developing Whole Leaders for the Whole World,
Dr. William M. Wilson
President


 

[The following was sent to all ORU faculty, staff, and students on the afternoon of May 27, 2020]

Hello faculty, staff, and students,

As many of you prepare to return to campus to work and attend classes, ORU is implementing a “Wellness Check Fast Pass” to speed up the screening process at the campus security entrance.

The “Wellness Check Fast Pass” is an online survey (which has been sent to your ORU email address) that will ask you a series of questions based on CDC screening guidelines. Once you’ve completed the survey, you will either be allowed admittance to the campus or informed that you are not approved to enter.

Optimally, you will complete the survey at home on your mobile device before you arrive on campus. Please take a screen shot of the approval page of the survey to show at the gate (please do not attempt to use your device and drive at the same time). You may also pull into the Mabee Center lot to complete the survey before approaching the checkpoint. Once you arrive, you will show your clearance to security personnel, who will then take a touchless forehead temperature. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed to enter campus or University buildings.

For those who are not able to take the survey before arriving on campus, signs with QR codes to the survey will be located at all entrances, including the NEC and GLC, and security will also be passing out cards with the QR code.

Please remember that we are requiring all faculty, staff, and students to wear masks when in public areas.

Once you are cleared to enter, your clearance is good only for that day, through the end of the day. You must take the survey each day to gain access to the campus.

Staff and faculty need to enter campus through the south booth and park in employee-designated areas in "G" lot and "F2" lot. "A" lot, by the Mabee Center, is closed and will need to remain empty.. The first entrance to "E" lot is closed, so employees who work in the Stovall Building or Aerobics Center will need to enter through the south security booth BEFORE entering their parking lot. The reason for these lot closures is to ensure everyone who enters the campus goes through screening at the south guard booth.

We take the health and safety of all our campus visitors and residents extremely carefully, so these procedures will be in place until further notice.

The screening also applies to all vendors entering campus.

--The Health and Safety Task Force
Oral Roberts University

[The following communication was sent to all ORU students, faculty, and staff this afternoon:]

As we gear up for summer school with session one beginning on Monday, May 11, the Health and Safety Task Force wants to remind everyone of the importance of continuing to protect ourselves and those around us from COVID-19. The University has adopted specific and important guidelines for those who will be coming to campus for instruction or to work in your office. Some of these are new while others remain in effect.

Health and Safety Protocols on Campus

Previously we requested that you wear a mask on campus but effective immediately and until further notice, all students and employees currently working or living on campus are required to wear a face covering when out in public or when social distancing is not possible. This includes times of brief interaction between co-workers or friends.

Employees working alone in their offices and students who are alone in a room do not need to wear masks, but anytime someone is on campus and within 6 feet of another person, the face covering needs to be on. ORU is providing branded masks, although a cloth or surgical mask may also be worn. Student Life will be handing out the branded masks to students. Employees can obtain one from their supervisor. The use of a face covering can potentially slow the spread of the Coronavirus and help people who may have the virus and not know it from transmitting it to others.

When you come to campus, you will still be screened before being allowed to enter. You will be asked whether or not you are feeling well and if you have a temperature. If you answer yes, you will be asked to return home and self-isolate for 14 days or provide a negative test for COVID-19, according to CDC guidelines. We are no longer requiring those who have traveled to previously selected states to be quarantined.

When you are admitted to campus, continue to follow these stringent guidelines:

  • Practice physical distancing (6 feet apart)
  • Do not hold any personal meetings with more than 3 people
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face

Summer School

Summer school 2020 is giving students an unprecedented opportunity to save a lot of money while also getting ahead in their degree program. Undergraduate summer sessions have been reduced by as much as 43%!

Payment plans are available along with financial aid for undergraduate students who enroll in six hours or more and who have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file. For assistance, contact a Financial Aid Representative at 918-495-6510 or ORUFinaid@oru.edu. Visit oru.edu/summer for more details and answers to frequently asked questions. You can also contact Student Success at success@oru.edu or call 918-495-6223.

Graduate students taking 9 credit hours and undergraduate students taking 10 credit hours will also receive on-campus housing at NO COST. If at least 50% of the courses you take are residential, meaning summer school or graduate modular courses, you can also combine that with online offerings.

We encourage all students staying on campus to purchase a meal plan both for convenience and safety. To keep the dining hall open during the summer, the University needs to meet a threshold of meal plans so we encourage you to sign up today on Vision.

A meal plan will cost you only about $20 a day. The full summer adds up to $1600 and includes eight meals per week and $500 in Sodexo bucks. A single summer session is $400, which includes 8 meals per week and $125 in Sodexo bucks. Again, payment plans are available.

If enough people sign up for meal plans, Chick-fil-A will be open for lunches Monday-Saturday, with the cafeteria open for dinner all 7 days and lunch on Sundays. It’s important to sign up today and encourage your friends to sign up too.

If you have questions, please email residential services at housing@oru.edu.

Thank you for working together to keep the ORU family safe and healthy!

ORU Health and Safety Task Force

Finals are finally here! Please know that all of us at ORU continue cheering you on and praying that you will finish strong! While the Spring Semester is coming to a close and the Summer Session prepares to launch, we will continue to update you on the important information.

Save Money by Signing up for Summer School

Now’s the time to take advantage of a variety of summer school sessions at deeply discounted rates, designed to fit around your summer schedule.

Summer sessions have been drastically reduced to $500 per credit hour, a nearly 40% discount!

If you take 9 summer school hours cumulatively during any of the summer sessions, the cost per credit hour goes down even further to just $450 per credit hour!

And it gets even better. If you take 10 credit hours, you will receive on-campus housing at NO COST.

To help you sign up for the class you need, ORU will be hosting a Zoom Webinar tomorrow Friday, April 24, 2020 at 2 PM CDT. The Virtual Academic Advising Webinar will include advisors representing all colleges who will take your questions and provide suggestions. Check your ORU email for the link to join.

Federal financial aid may also be available for your summer school enrollment of six hours or more, but you must have filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA to be eligible. Financial Aid Representatives are available to help you at 918-495-6510 or ORUFinaid@oru.edu.

Every summer school course will be taught both virtually and in-person (if possible). Any lab classes will be taught in the NEC or GLC and will be available virtually as well. You can take summer school from anywhere!

If at least five students request a class, it will be added. Click here to request a class.

Visit oru.edu/summer for more details and answers to frequently asked questions. Go to Vision to sign up.

Summer Housing

For those who choose to take advantage of summer housing, a meal plan will also be available at a cost of $1600, which includes eight meals per week and $500 in Sodexo bucks.

If you do not sign up for all 4 sessions, the cost of a room is $20 a night, with a meal plan available for an additional $400 per session, which includes 8 meals per week and $125 in Sodexo bucks.

Chick-fil-A will be open for lunches Monday-Saturday, with the cafeteria open for dinner all 7 days and lunch on Sundays. Students are responsible for providing their own breakfast.

Should you choose not to sign up for summer school but wish to remain on campus, the cost of the room will be $1800, with a summer-long meal plan available for an additional $1600.

International Students

We strongly encourage our international students to remain on campus over the summer.

Campus Housing and Campus Safety Requirements

For those students who still need to retrieve items and check out of your room, please click this link to reserve a time.

Everyone on campus must follow these stringent safety guidelines:

  • Whether you are inside a building or outside such as in the Prayer Gardens, do not congregate in groups over three.
  • Wear a mouth covering such as a mask, scarf, or bandana.
  • Practice physical distancing (6 feet apart).
  • For students staying in campus housing, please do not leave campus except for provisions or employment. Please do not visit other homes.

Students, remember you can secure your room reservation for 2020-2021 today! Please go to Vision to reserve your desired space.

Information for Faculty and Staff

Employees will continue working from home through the month of May, but are welcome to work out of their office if preferred. Card keys will be reactivated on May 4. We ask that you not schedule any meetings or gatherings with more than three people. The LRC/GC, Timko Barton, Hammer Center, Aerobics Center, and Christ’s Chapel will remain closed to the public through the summer.

Commencement

Please remember that Commencement will now take place on Saturday, August 1, 2020 with rehearsal and hooding ceremonies on Friday, July 31, 2020. Please visit the graduation information page if you have any questions, including ordering regalia.

We are currently celebrating our seniors on ORU’s social media accounts so be sure and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

Cancellations

ORU was scheduled to host the free summer Math, Science, and Engineering Academy in June; this event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

All summer camps that are normally held on campus have also been canceled this year.

Helpful Links

Thank you for your flexibility and for maintaining overwhelmingly positive attitudes in the midst of this trying time as we continue to work together to find a New Way for a New Day!

Health and Safety Task Force
Oral Roberts University

It’s hard to believe we are already three weeks into remote learning and there are only two weeks left of classes before finals begin! We are cheering you on as you approach the finish line!

Please see below for updates and reminders from ORU’s Health and Safety Task Force:

As President Wilson has announced, Commencement will now take place on Saturday, August 1, 2020 with rehearsal and hooding ceremonies on Friday, July 31, 2020. A graduation fair will be held virtually on April 15—more information can be found on the graduation information page. If you still need to order your cap and gown, please fill out the Regalia Order Form.

The University is here to help you finish strong with a variety of resources to help you succeed. Click on the Student Remote Learning Portal for more information.

University housing will be available over the summer—room and board costs will be available soon. Should you desire to reserve a room for the summer, please complete the application through Vision.

Please click this link to reserve a time to retrieve items and check out of your room if you haven’t already done so.

Stringent guidelines for those living on campus remain in place. Anyone seeking to enter the campus, will be ask specific questions before being admitted. Once admitted, you must adhere to the following:

  • Do not leave campus except for food, provisions, and employment
  • Do not visit other homes
  • Do not congregate in groups over three
  • Practice physical distancing (6 feet apart)
  • Wear a mask or scarf
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your face

We miss all of our students, faculty, and staff. It is amazing how you have rallied around each other during this pandemic. You are going to come out of this stronger and with a greater faith because He who called you is faithful. We are “confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

Helpful Resources:

Health and Safety Task Force
Oral Roberts University

 

[Please watch the video below for a special announcement from Dr. Wilson about Commencement, as well as the announcement of our 2020-2021 Student Body President and Vice President.]

 

[The following email was sent to all ORU students, faculty, and staff this evening.]

Dear ORU Community,
 
We pray that you are doing well and staying safe! Please see below for updates/reminders from ORU’s Health and Safety Task Force:
 
Mayor G.T. Bynum has extended to April 30 the Safer at Home Order for all Tulsans—all non-essential businesses must remain closed and any gathering of 10 or more people is prohibited. While ORU is considered an essential business, we continue classes remotely and all non-essential employees continue working from home as outlined in the email from Human Resources.
 
All summer mission trips have been canceled. There will be follow-up communication with mission teams.
 
Anyone returning to campus after self-isolation or from an essential errand will be screened before being allowed on campus. We ask that you answer the questions honestly to ensure your safety and the safety of others. If you are admitted back on campus, you will be asked to follow strict guidelines.
 
Students living on campus have been moved into single rooms, and no groups of three or more are allowed to congregate.
 
For students unable to remove personal belongings from their room by May 3, 2020, please click this link to reserve a time to retrieve them and check out of the room. The University will keep some of the residence halls open over the summer to accommodate students who are unable to return home. 
 
To make learning remotely a great experience for our students, we want you to have resources to help you succeed—you can find them here at the Student Remote Learning Portal.
 
We encourage students to sign up for summer school as summer course offerings have increased. Please email Student Success at success@oru.edu.
 
Even though we can’t be together on campus, please know that ORU is here to support you and to see you succeed. We encourage you to spend extended time with the Lord and grow in your relationship with Him!
 
Health and Safety Task Force
Oral Roberts University

[The following email was sent to all ORU students today:]

Dear ORU Student,

For the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community, please carefully read the below policy and please commit to adhering to it:

No one will be permitted on campus if they, their family, or someone they have come in contact with are exhibiting any symptoms of illness. Please remember that all students, parents, and employees who have traveled abroad or who traveled to Florida, New York, California, or Washington state, will be required to self-isolate for two weeks before coming to campus or have a physician’s release that shows a recent negative test for the Coronavirus.

During Self-Isolation:

  • Do not go out with friends or go to the grocery store, etc.
  • You must go 14 consecutive days without physical contact with others
  • If you don’t self-isolate, you may not return to campus
  • No exceptions will be made

Additional Safety Measures:

  • All students staying on campus will be moved to a single room—to do this, please contact Residential Services at housing@oru.edu
  • For those staying on campus, no groups of three or more may congregate on campus.

For the health and safety of our entire community, thank you for adhering to these very important and potentially life-saving policies. We know these are unprecedented times, and none of these decisions have been made lightly.

Thank you,
ORU’s Health and Safety Task Force

[The following message was emailed to all ORU students this afternoon:]

Dear Student,

We certainly know these are unprecedented days and are praying that you and your family are processing our current situation as well as can be expected. Please know we are covering you in prayer in all areas of your life—physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and financially. As spring break comes to an end, the Health and Safety Task Force wanted to send out some very important reminders which are vital for the health and safety of our entire community. Please know that we are very serious about the below and no exceptions will be made. Failure to heed the below may lead to dismissal from ORU.

If you are planning on returning to campus after spring break, please remember all students, parents, and employees who have traveled abroad or who traveled to Florida, New York, California, or Washington state, will be required to self-isolate for two weeks before coming to campus or have a physician’s release showing that shows a recent negative test for the Coronavirus. No one will be permitted on campus if they are exhibiting any symptoms of illness or if members of their family are. All students, parents, and employees entering campus for the next two weeks will have to check in with security and be screened—every time you enter campus. No visitors will be allowed during these two weeks (parents helping to move out their child are not considered visitors).

  • Residential Students Only: You are required to complete the form at this link prior to your arrival to retrieve your belongings and check out of your room. Students must be present to retrieve items. After you complete this link, you will receive additional information on the Express Check-out process. We know this is an inconvenience; your items will remain in your room until May 3, 2020.
  • For those staying on campus, you must practice physical distancing and not congregate in groups of any size and absolutely no more than 10. Please wash your hands regularly.
  • The residence halls and cafeteria will remain open. Students are encouraged to use the takeout option in the cafeteria and to physically distance (at least 6 feet apart) while in the dining hall. ORU has taken many important steps such as using hospital-grade disinfectant, setting up many hand-sanitization stations, and increased cleaning efforts across campus.
  • The GC, LRC, Library, Hammer, Aerobics Center, NEC, Prayer Tower, Timko Barton Music Hall, Howard Auditorium, and Christ’s Chapel are closed completely. Students who need to return checked out items from the Library can do so by depositing items in the Library Drop Boxes that will be located in the Hamill Building outside the Security offices.
  • Your ID card will not work for entry into the above mentioned buildings.
  • Beginning Monday March 23, ORU will hold all residential classes virtually through D2L through the end of the semester. Professors will post assignments, share videos and/or messages with their students to assist them through the end of the semester. It is important to note that this is a continuation of present residential classes, with the format of the instruction and work being completed through D2L. Plans for labs and clinicals, etc. will be communicated from the professor to the student. Flexibility will be encouraged and embraced in every way possible. Finals, final projects, end of semester papers, reports, etc. will be facilitated remotely and will be scheduled by the class professor. The academic calendar will remain the same. If you need assistance with how you will navigate remote learning please refer to the links under “Resources” on this page.
  • The phone number for security is 918-495-7750 if you need assistance.
  • Unfortunately at this time SA shuttles will not be running.
  • As always, if the media contacts you, please refer them to Stephanie Hill, University Relations, at 918-720-5548.
  • We understand this is a difficult time as we navigate through an unprecedented situation. We recognize the constantly changing nature of this situation and are prepared to make new policies and procedures quickly to best protect our entire community. Please continue to check your ORU email address for communications. The health of our students, faculty, and staff is our highest concern.
  • Please be encouraged to see these new parameters as an opportunity to nurture your own intimacy with the Lord. Look for extended time to be in His presence and to seek Him. Spend time talking and listening in prayer. Let Him care for you deeply and increase your dependence upon Him. Jesus is our priority. In the weeks ahead, may we fall more in love with Him and then carry that love to others in powerful ways. The world needs this now more than ever!

 

Please see the video below for a special message from President Wilson:

 

The following letter was sent to the ORU Community today by ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson:

Dear ORU Community,

Prayerful greetings!

Last night we received notice that an employee of the outsourced company who takes care of the ORU grounds was diagnosed as positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). This person was in the shop area on campus immediately before his sickness. He did not have any immediate contact with students. In an abundance of caution, all of the grounds crew working for our outsourced company were sent home to self-isolate as well as any staff who potentially were in this area. The shop has been closed and will be thoroughly cleaned this week. Our prayers are with this individual that he will fully recover.

The continued spread of the virus around the world and across America, along with the requests of federal, state, and city authorities call for significant measures to help physically distance and blunt the advance of the virus as much as possible in our community. The resolutions below are in effect immediately unless otherwise noted. These are significant changes that we will follow for the next two or three weeks. None of this is convenient for us, but we want you and your family to be as safe as possible during this time.

Most importantly, we continue in our prayers for God’s mercy and covering over every student, staff, and faculty member. We can trust Him. He loves us. He is with us, and He will not fail His people during this pestilence.

Thank you for all you are doing to help keep yourself and others safe. Please closely read the points below and continue to watch for further updates. This remains a very fluid and ever-changing situation. Your prayers are appreciated for our entire team.

Blessings!
Dr. William M. Wilson
President

[The following is the verbiage that accompanied President Wilson's message:]

INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE UNIVERSITY HEALTH AND SAFETY TASK FORCE

Given the confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case for someone who had worked on campus, and the continued directives of our federal, state, and local government, the following new regulations by the Health and Safety Task Force have been approved today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

  • All non-essential personnel are REQUIRED to work remotely until April 3, 2020. We will re-evaluate at that time. This is effective immediately for all non-essential personnel. If you do not know whether or not you are an essential personnel then you are not. Exceptions can only be made by the approval of a member of the President’s Cabinet or the President’s office. Your supervisor will assist you in managing your work.
  • The GC and LRC (along with all other academic buildings) will be closed—completely—beginning at 5:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. You can only work in these buildings with express permission. If you have things you need from your offices, please retrieve them today. Access to all buildings will be restricted and security will be on duty to assist you in an emergency or if you are required to be at your office. Your ID card will not work for entry. The phone number for security is 918-495-7750 if you need assistance.
  • Any instruction on campus for classes must take place in the GLC and be scheduled with Mike Mathews’ team. To schedule the GLC, please email Mike at mmathews@oru.edu. For all technology-related questions, please email helpdesk@oru.edu or call 918-495-6315. We will be cleaning the GLC multiple times a day, providing hand sanitizer, and adhering to best practices of physical distancing. By controlling this one space, we will be able to use our resources and capabilities to the maximum and will not have to focus severe cleaning efforts on other areas of campus. We believe this is the safest option and the GLC is best equipped for this moment.
  • ORU will transition all residential classes to a virtual meeting format through D2L beginning March 23 and continuing through the end of the semester. Professors will post assignments, share videos and/or messages with their students to assist them through the end of the semester. It is important to note that this is a continuation of present residential classes, with the format of the instruction and work being completed through D2L. Plans for labs and clinicals, etc. will be communicated from the professor to the student. Flexibility will be encouraged and embraced in every way possible. Finals, final projects, end of semester papers, reports, etc. will be facilitated remotely and will be scheduled by the class professor. The academic calendar will remain the same.
  • Dorms and cafeteria will remain open but students are encouraged to use the takeout option in the cafeteria and to physically distance (at least 6 feet apart) while in the dining hall. ORU has taken many important steps such as using hospital-grade disinfectant, setting up many hand-sanitization stations, and increased cleaning efforts across campus.

Students/ Parents/ Employees Entering or Returning to Campus from Spring Break

  • Important: No student, parent, or employee will be allowed to return to campus for the next two weeks without checking in with security and being screened. Students, parents, and employees who leave campus to go elsewhere in Tulsa will also be required to check in with security upon return. This policy begins at 12:00 midnight this evening, March 18, 2020. All students, parents, and employees who have traveled abroad for spring break or who traveled to Florida, New York, California, or Washington state will be required to self-isolate for two weeks before coming to campus or have a physician’s release. No one will be permitted on campus if they are exhibiting any symptoms of illness, or if members of their family are. No visitors will be allowed during these two weeks.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to go home or remain at home through April 3 and to self-isolate during this moment when our nation is trying to blunt the effects of the virus. If you remain on campus, then we suggest you practice physical distancing and not congregate in groups of any size and absolutely no more than 10. You may visit this page for the latest Health and Safety Information at any time. The ORU Health and Safety Task Force will continue to communicate important information to our community.
  • Students and/or parents: please click this link to schedule your time to retrieve your belongings and check out of your room. We strongly encourage students to stay home and not return to campus after spring break. All students and parents will be required to check in with security as outlined above.
  • As always, if the media contacts you, please refer them to Stephanie Hill, University Relations, at 918-720-5548.

We realize that these measures are austere. As this is a fast-moving situation, we are prepared to make new policies and procedures quickly to best protect our entire community. Please continue to check your ORU email address for communications as well as oru.edu. The health of our students, faculty, and staff is our highest concern during this pandemic. The next few weeks are critical for our nation and our city. Thank you for your cooperation, patience and continued prayers during this time. This community is being covered in continual prayer.

 

The following letter was sent to the ORU Community today by ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson:

Dear ORU Community,

None of us could have imagined the ability of one small virus to disrupt the world. The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to increase around the globe, bringing increasingly stringent actions in nations, states, and communities. Last Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency. Over the weekend, Oklahoma’s Governor Stitt declared a state of emergency for every county in the state. Additionally, Tulsa’s Mayor G.T. Bynum has issued guidance restricting local gatherings in our city. Although Oklahoma and Tulsa are not presently hot spots for COVID-19, we do have a small but growing number of diagnosed cases of the virus. At this time, we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19 on the ORU campus.

ORU’s Health and Safety Task Force met this morning to once again review the latest trajectory of the pandemic and our response. The following decisions were unanimously approved today:

1. ORU will transition all residential classes to a virtual meeting format through D2L beginning March 23 and continuing through the end of the semester. Professors will post assignments, share videos and/or messages with their students to assist them through the end of the semester. It is important to note that this is a continuation of present residential classes, with the format of the instruction and work being completed through D2L. Plans for labs and clinicals, etc. will be communicated from the professor to the student. Flexibility will be encouraged and embraced in every way possible. Finals, final projects, end of semester papers, reports, etc. will be facilitated remotely and will be scheduled by the class professor. The academic calendar will remain the same.

2. We encourage students to finish their work remotely from home, yet we realize that many of our students depend on their on-campus living arrangements and food plan. We will do our best to keep the dorms and food service open until May 3. There will be no refund of any room or board costs. Information on the process for checking out of your room can be found in the documents linked at the bottom of this update.

3. Faculty may work from home during this season and will be committed to instruction, consulting, and assisting students remotely until the end of the semester. All in-person faculty meetings including the University Faculty meeting, Academic Council, College meetings, and Department meetings are discontinued until next semester. Faculty are encouraged to work personally with their Dean to assure that requirements for their courses are met and reported correctly.

4. No gatherings of over 15 people will be held on campus except for any public groups renting the Mabee Center and an immediate commitment to host the funeral of Dr. Vinson Synan on Saturday, March 21 at 1 pm. All remaining President’s Town Hall/Listening Tour meetings are suspended until after May 1.

5. Non-essential staff may work from home with the permission of their supervisor until April 10. Staff will be expected to work their normal hours. Guidance for limiting group meetings will apply and we encourage everyone to practice physical distancing as suggested by CDC guidelines. Please communicate clearly with your supervisor regarding how your work will be carried forth during this time.

6. Beginning the week of March 23, we will conduct one virtual chapel per week. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to log in and attend virtually. More information on this will follow.

7. Summer Missions teams are under review. We expect a decision on these by mid-April.

8. For those students who may need to return to campus after Spring Break, please see the documents below for further guidance.

9. A final decision on commencement exercises will be made and communicated by mid-April.

10. Please read closely the recommendations of the Health and Safety Task Force regarding physical distancing and measures you can take to avoid contracting the virus.

As this situation continues to unfold, please know we will be communicating as necessary. Please check your email regularly.

Our entire Health and Safety team hoped there might be some way to return to classes as normal or at least in an abbreviated form after Spring Break. However, the realities of our region and the continued growth of the pandemic globally have pushed us to these decisions. Do we believe God heals? Absolutely! Do we believe God protects us and keeps us despite any pestilence? Absolutely! Do we believe God calls us to be good citizens and honor the authorities in our nation? Absolutely! Do we believe God gives us wisdom and rational minds to do what is best and good—not just for us individually but also for others? Absolutely! Do we love our students and want what is best for them in every way? Absolutely!

Several years ago God inspired us to build the Global Learning Center. This Center provides exceptional capacity for our faculty and administration to connect with our students around the globe during this unique season. These are unparalleled times and they require unparalleled measures. God is at work in the midst of this crisis and He will help us find A New Way for this New Day. We are making history together and the ORU community will emerge from this moment stronger than ever!

Prayerfully,
Dr. William M. Wilson
President

[Click to view the latest instructions from the Health and Safety Task force as a PDF.]

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, ORU Athletics has announced the Summit League is canceling all spring non-conference, conference, and championship athletic competitions.
 
The Summit League says its goal is to put the safety and well-being of student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans at the forefront. The Summit League is also following the guidance of the NCAA in its efforts to ensure its events do not contribute to the spread of the pandemic.
 

The following letter was sent to the ORU Community today by ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson:

Dear ORU Community,

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an event of historic proportions that continues to affect our world. Our prayers are with all those who are suffering in a multitude of ways and for those who have lost loved ones to this virus. Institutions of higher education in the United States are experiencing significant disruption, which is creating unique hardships for students and their families.

Oral Roberts University continues to work through substantial issues and questions regarding our response to the crisis. We are in a very fluid situation, necessitating ongoing decisions. I have commissioned the Task Force on Health and Safety to assist my office in consistently overseeing and monitoring our responses to the crisis. Today, the Task Force unanimously voted to suspend all University-sponsored air travel as well as postpone all spring missions team trips due to new travel warnings from the State Department, the growing reality of airline and airport disruptions, and after receiving further information from Oklahoma state agencies. The suspension of University-sponsored air travel will be reevaluated before the deadline of April 10 for any further directives. The Task Force on Health and Safety update is [below]. Please read this closely.

We are also continuing to monitor and evaluate how we approach the remainder of the semester and plan to make further announcements relative to this next week. Please watch your emails during spring break. If you are traveling, please take those materials necessary (computers, textbooks, etc.) for you to continue your studies remotely. Our present plan is to return to campus on March 23 to complete this semester, but we also believe it would be good for you to be prepared for other options should they be required.

Dorms and food service will remain open on campus during the break.

The Empowered21 Executive Committee decided yesterday that the Jerusalem2020 Global Congress will move to an online event. It is not possible to conduct the Congress in Jerusalem due to a ban on international conferences by the Israeli government. We will be sharing further details on this at a later date.

In many ways, this is a “once-in-a-century” moment for the world, but it is also a moment that was fully anticipated by Jesus. He will keep us, guide us, and use us for His glory in the midst of it all. Please know that you are loved and appreciated. Our students are ORU’s greatest treasure and our heart is always to protect them, encourage them, and cheer them on to all God has prepared.

Be wise and safe over the break. I look forward to seeing you on March 23.

Developing Whole Leaders for the Whole World,
Dr. William M. Wilson
President

 

[The text of the update from the ORU Health and Safety Task Force is as follows:]

The Health and Safety Task Force has decided, due to recent updates regarding the coronavirus, including the US State Department Global Level 3 Health Travel Advisory, to suspend all ORU international and domestic air travel until April 10—including air travel for missions trips. The University will continue evaluating the situation between now and the 10th for any further directives. Scheduled spring missions trips have now been postponed.

If you choose to personally travel internationally or have been on a cruise or may have been exposed to the virus, you must be quarantined for 14 days off campus, at your own expense. ORU reserves the right to require self-isolation and other medical clearance for any suspected exposure to the virus via travel or otherwise. Academic requirements will continue through D2L.

In order to assist us in accounting for where the ORU community has traveled, we are asking faculty, staff, and students to self-report intended travel outside the Tulsa area. Please click here to provide the relevant information, which will be treated with appropriate levels of confidentiality.

Campus services will be open during spring break, including the cafeteria. At this time, classes are scheduled to resume for in-person instruction after spring break.

The University continues to monitor this fluid situation and evaluate various scenarios including whether classes should be altered or delivered remotely. Please prepare for the possibility of your classes being held in D2L, not in person, by taking all necessary educational materials and devices with you over spring break. Also, take any important items and remove perishable items from dorm rooms.

If you are ill, please don’t come to work or attend classes. ORU’s Student Health staff will be on alert for students who exhibit fever and respiratory symptoms after having traveled to or through restricted areas or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to a restricted area. Signs are posted at the Student Health Center, asking students who exhibit symptoms of respiratory illness to put on a mask upon entering. Two waiting rooms will be used to separate those with respiratory illness from other students visiting the center. 

You may click on this link for the latest Health and Safety Information at any time. The ORU Health and Safety Task Force will continue to communicate important information to our community.

At this time, there have been no identified cases of the virus among any of our students, staff, or faculty. We are grateful for God’s provision and protection during these unusual days.

Thank you for your continued prayers over all impacted by the coronavirus and for good health and safety over Oral Roberts University.

As ORU’s Health and Safety Task Force continues its close monitoring of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we wanted to provide this update before spring break begins.
 
ORU STRONGLY DISCOURAGES personal travel by ORU students, faculty, and staff to areas impacted by COVID-19. These areas are identified on the CDC travel guidelines and include Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. We encourage you to consider whether any travel, even in the United States, is absolutely necessary. Remember that you may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, and challenges returning to campus after spring break. ORU reserves the right to require self-isolation and other medical clearance for any suspected exposure to the virus via travel or otherwise. This would be at the individual’s expense and off ORU’s campus. Your academic requirements will continue through D2L and with the cooperation of your professors.
 
In order to assist us in accounting for where the ORU community has traveled, we are asking faculty, staff, and students to self-report intended travel outside the Tulsa area. If this applies to you, please click here to provide the relevant information, which will be treated with appropriate levels of confidentiality.
 
Campus services will be open during the spring break including the cafeteria. At this time, classes are scheduled to resume for in-person instruction after spring break.
 
The University continues to monitor this fluid situation and evaluate various scenarios including whether classes should be altered or delivered remotely. Please prepare for the possibility of your classes being held in D2L, not in person, by taking all necessary educational materials and devices with you over spring break.  Also, take any important items and remove perishable items from dorm rooms.
 
If you are ill, please don’t come to work or attend classes. ORU’s student health staff will be on alert for students who exhibit fever and respiratory symptoms who have traveled to or through restricted areas or had close contact with someone who has traveled to a restricted area. Signs are posted at the Student Health Center asking students who exhibit symptoms of respiratory illness to put on a mask upon entering. Two waiting rooms will be used to separate those with respiratory illness from other students visiting the Center.
 
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid contact with sick people, regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizers with at least 60-95% alcohol, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 40 hand sanitizing stations are available throughout campus. You may visit this page for the latest Health and Safety Information at any time. The ORU Health and Safety Task Force will continue to communicate important information to our community.
 
At this time, there have been no identified cases of the virus among any of our students, staff or faculty. We are grateful for God’s provision and protection during these unusual days. We also are committed to continue praying for all those affected by the virus. We serve a God who is the source of healing and peace, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thess. 3:16)

Greetings to the ORU community. The Health and Safety Task Force has been monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) and would like to provide you with some updates.

As mentioned in previous correspondence, the ORU Health and Safety Task Force is STRONGLY DISCOURAGING spring break travel abroad to China, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. As this global health emergency evolves, we also encourage you to make an informed decision before traveling in the coming weeks, even in the United States. We recommend you avoid large gatherings as well as cities that host large numbers of people during spring break. If you choose to travel, you may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, and challenges returning home. We encourage you to monitor the CDC’s Travel Information Page.

ORU has also taken the preventative step of bringing home its study abroad students. Upon their return to the United States, all these students will self-isolate for 14 days. The University will continue monitoring the situation as it relates to spring break mission trips.

Today we learned that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Tulsa. It is a man who recently traveled to Italy. He is quarantined in his home. There is no evidence of community spread at this time. Please keep him in your prayers for a full and quick recovery.

It’s important to take steps to prevent the spread of any illness by washing your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid shaking hands, touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and avoid close contact with people. ORU has taken many important steps such as using hospital-grade disinfectant, setting up many hand-sanitization stations, and has increased cleaning efforts across campus.

You may visit this page for the latest Health and Safety Information at any time.

Please continue praying for those affected by the coronavirus. It is a great time to remind others that we don’t need to live in fear. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand"—Isaiah 41:10.

We will continue to keep you informed as new information arises.

As news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop around the world, ORU administration is taking every reasonable precaution to protect students and the campus. To this end, the University has engaged its Health and Safety Task Force to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.

After meeting this week to discuss the latest developments, the task force is strongly discouraging certain travel during spring break, recommending that students NOT travel to the following areas: China, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

For those students who wish to remain on campus over spring break, campus services will continue uninterrupted, including dining services and Hammer Alumni Center.

The University is also ramping up its efforts to keep the campus clean, including using hospital-grade cleaners and providing sanitization opportunities in key areas across campus.

While there are no known cases of coronavirus in Oklahoma, the University believes it is important to act proactively and remain vigilant as the situation continues to develop across the country and around the world.

As Spirit-empowered believers, we believe in the dynamic power of prayer and would encourage everyone to pray for those impacted by the virus. As Paul reminds us in Philippians, we are not to worry about anything but instead pray about everything. We also know God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind.

The Health and Safety Task Force will continue monitoring the situation and keep the campus updated as the situation develops.

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