Southeastern Oklahoma State University has released information about how it will continue classes for the rest of the semester. In a news release issued Thursday, university officials said that while there have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Bryan County, Oklahoma, the university will allow students to have an extra week of spring break which will allow faculty and staff time to prepare their online class format.


Current online classes will resume Monday and classes that were set to be on campus will resume on March 30.


“While we realize these actions may cause some inconveniences, we are acting in the best interests of the University,’’ interim President Bryon Clark said in the release. “The safety, health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, and community is our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and make any adjustments or modifications that may be necessary. We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we work through this situation together.’’


In order to limit the number of individuals on the main campus in Durant, as well as, on the campus in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, campuses and buildings will be closed to the general public. All university events are canceled until further notice. Essential operations will continue with a limited number of staff on site.


The majority of employees will be teleworking.


In essence, the University is limiting the number of individuals on the main campus in Durant and on the McCurtain County campus from now until further notice. Also during this time, these campuses and buildings will be closed to the general public, and all University events are cancelled until further notice. However, essential University operations will continue during this time to meet the needs of students and provide business services, with a limited number of staff on-site; the majority of employees will be teleworking.


“All classes for the remainder of the spring semester, which ends May 8, will now be taught online,” the release said. “Due to health officials’ recommendations to limit the size of events, Southeastern’ spring commencement, scheduled for May 9, will not be held. Instead, the University will examine options for a later date, and work with students to create a possible alternative plan to recognize their achievements.”


For students who are still in residential housing on the main campus, services like housing and meals will still be maintained. However, students are encouraged to find other housing arrangements when it is possible.


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