Classes to Remain Online Throughout the Spring 2020 Semester

Classes to Remain Online Throughout the Spring 2020 Semester

Dear University Community:

We recognize that the uncertainty of the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 creates a stressful and disruptive situation for all members of our community. Langston University continues to place the highest priority on the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.

I write to update our community on institutional operations and our ongoing response relative to COVID-19. A number of contributing factors impacted our decision in expanding modified university operations. Primary among them is the fact that Oklahoma's confirmed COVID-19 count nearly tripled in less than 48 hours, including the state's first COVID-19 related death, creating a higher risk to our community. Additional factors include the states of emergency declared by President Trump and Governor Stitt, as well as the broadened guidelines published by the CDC on gatherings and social distancing.

Out of an abundance of caution, the following expanded preventative measures will be enacted:

  • All coursework will transition to fully online delivery through the end of the spring semester. Faculty will be sharing additional guidance with students via email and D2L for completing coursework through the end of the semester.
  • Temporary teleworking will go into effect Monday, March 23, 2020. Each unit within the institution will follow the guidance of its supervisor on who should report to campus for work and who should work remotely. Additional guidance will be shared with supervisors.
  • Spring Commencement Exercises will be postponed. We are actively engaging in conversations with student leaders to explore alternative dates and/or ways in which we can celebrate our graduates. We will share the plan with our University community once finalized.


Modified University Operations

These additional adjustments will remain in place until further notice:

  • All dining on the Langston Campus will be "to-go" only. The cafeteria will remain open in order to serve our community. All meals will be packaged with the utmost care and available for pick-up beginning with dinner on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
  • Students should feel comfortable returning to campus to reside in their assigned rooms. Our campus residential facilities remain open. If, during this time, a student feels that it is in their best interest to reside elsewhere, they may do so. Additional information will be forthcoming from Residential Life and Housing Services to students.
  • Face-to-face meetings must be limited to 10 people or less. Virtual meetings, conference calls and phone calls are encouraged over face-to-face meetings. We ask that all employees follow social distancing guidelines including allowing six feet of distance between you and colleagues.
  • In-person gatherings over 10 are deeply discouraged. In accordance with the most recent guidance from the CDC as well as federal, state, and local health authorities, we are implementing a limitation on face-to-face gatherings to maximize social distancing. All institutional events are canceled or postponed effective immediately and until further notice.


Protecting Your Health

It is critical that you protect your health during this time. If you experience any symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, or other respiratory challenges, please consider implementing a self-quarantine and seek medical attention. Anyone who is older or who has a serious chronic medical condition should consult with Student and Employee Services to ensure that their conditions are taken into account. If you are not coming to work, please notify your immediate supervisor immediately so that alternate arrangements can be made. In such a circumstance, sick leave would be applicable.

It is important that you follow appropriate social distancing and healthy hygiene guidelines in order to protect yourself and others and prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

As of now, there are no known cases of COVID-19 associated with any campus or location of Langston University. By implementing these precautions, we can work together to keep our community safe.

Our Emergency Leadership Team (ELT) continues to monitor the situation closely with input from local health officials and the CDC. As a reminder, you can find more information on the University's efforts and guidance by visiting the COVID-19 resource page.

I appreciate the continued cooperation of our University community as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances.

Sincerely,

Kent J. Smith Jr., Ph.D.
President
LUNAA Life Member #864

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