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Information and Resources -- The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Langston University Emergency Leadership Team (ELT) continue to monitor events and information around the Novel Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19 and formerly referred to as 2019-nCoV). With potential and confirmed cases of COVID-19 rising in the United States and around the world, the ELT has increased its monitoring, vigilance, and efforts related to the virus and the health safety of the campus community. Below you will find additional guidance based upon frequently asked questions.

What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
What are the symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
What happens to the students attending Langston University if there is a confirmed case on campus?
Notification Form: Potential COVID-19 Exposure or Symptoms
What if I recently traveled and have concerns that I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?
What preventive actions can be taken at this time?
What is Langston University doing to prepare our community?
When might Langston University operations be impacted and/or closed?
What protocols are required of those remaining on campus
Where can I find updated information?
Where can I go for help?

Latest Developments

What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

As the name suggests, the novel coronavirus is a new virus to the coronavirus family -- one that has not been previously identified by health officials. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease first identified in Wuhan, China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019 -- abbreviated as COVID-19. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”

What are the symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

For the vast majority of people who have had the illness, symptoms were mild (like a cold or flu) and they resolved after several days. Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat. According to the CDC, symptoms may appear as soon as two days after exposure or as long as 14 days after exposure.

What happens to the students attending Langston University if there is a confirmed case on campus?

If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) protocols will be followed. Infected persons will receive medical treatment and necessary support. Persons who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by local health authorities. Langston University will fully support that effort.

What if I recently traveled and have concerns that I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

Students, faculty, and/or staff who have traveled internationally since December 1, 2019, are requested and expected to do the following:

    • Students should visit the Health Services Clinic located on the first floor, University Women, for a brief assessment. The clinic may be contacted via phone at (405) 466-3335 to set an appointment.
    • Faculty and/or staff should contact their medical provider for an assessment. If necessary and appropriate, your medical provider can furnish a release to return, which should be filed with Student and Employee Services.


What preventive actions can be taken at this time?

  • Everyone 6 months and older is encouraged to get a flu shot.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What is Langston University doing to prepare our community?

  • LU activated its Emergency Leadership Team (ELT), including health professionals and experts in mid-January to begin preparations.
  • LU initiated advanced screening and questioning at the Health Clinic.
  • LU is reviewing all university-sponsored travel that might implicate or be impacted by COVID-19.
  • The Health Clinic is screening all patients who come to the clinic with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • LU administrators are actively planning for various scenarios with potential short- and longer-term impacts, with particular focus on the health and well-being of the university community, as well as on the impact on university operations.

When might Langston University operations be impacted and/or closed?

All campuses closed to the public on March 30, 2020 to support social distancing. Campuses are now open to the public; however, visitors should request access in advance. The South Gate entrance remains the only open access point to our Langston Campus in order to lower the density of campus traffic. Other modified operations are as follows:

  • 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.
  • We will begin closing or consolidating all campus housing facilities. Only students, faculty, and staff who have written approval from the Executive Policy Group (EPG) may remain in housing.
    • We will work with students to make arrangements for retrieving their belongings at a date when traveling is safe. The Request to Remain form may be found here and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020.
    • Limited travel funding is available for students through a grant application to travel home due to COVID-19. Apply for funding through this form.
    • Appropriate credit adjustments will be made on the accounts of students who do not return to campus housing or who move-out by April 3, 2020. These adjustments will account for housing, meal plan, and select fees. Tuition will not be discounted or refunded
  • No Langston University employee will be allowed on any campus without a critical business purpose identified by their supervisor and authorized by the EPG.
  • All members of our community are encouraged to employ appropriate social-distancing and practice enhanced hygiene.
  • Additional guidance will be provided by the respective academic schools. We will reevaluate these guidelines on an ongoing basis and share any updates or modifications.
  • In an effort to maximize social-distancing, all institutional events are canceled or postponed effective immediately and until further notice.
  • Dining on the Langston Campus will remain open in order to serve individuals approved to stay on campus.

What protocols are required of those remaining on campus?

  • Dining Operations and Meal Pick-Up. Dining Services continues to operate in support of our students. For all students with a meal plan, pre-packaged meals may be picked up each day between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. from the Great Room of the Student Success Center.
  • Masks and face coverings are an important component to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Follow these simple tutorials from the CDC to make your own masks at home.
  • Daily Submission of a Simple Health Check-In Form. This basic form that can be completed in less than 1 minute will help the Langston University Health Clinic staff ensure the healthiest possible campus and catch any early warning signs of illness. This form should be complete every day by 4:00 p.m.
  • Each week, all remaining residents of Langston University will set a virtual appointment with clinic staff for a five-to-ten minute health virtual screening.
  • In the event, a remaining campus resident experiences changes in their health, especially symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, they are required to immediately notify a member of the Langston University Health Clinic Staff by calling (405) 466-3335 or emailing A voicemail may be left for the Health Clinic Staff and the call will be returned.
  • Any resident that experiences symptoms similar to or consistent with COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. The Emergency Leadership Team (ELT) of Langston University could also require that this self-quarantine be implemented at a separate campus housing location thus requiring transfer or the movement of the resident.
  • During this time of a public health crisis, any resident on the Langston University campus may be asked to move or transfer from their current campus housing location to ensure their own safety or the safety of those around them.
  • Effective Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the North Entrance of the Langston Campus closed to all traffic. A centralized campus check-point for entry is available at the South Entrance near the Langston University Police Department. Outside visitors to the campus are strongly discouraged as a safety precaution for you and others within the community.
  • Please visit the LUPD dispatch window and give your name to receive your Campus Access Pass, which is required for entry into the Langston Campus. LUPD staff will check your name against the list of those approved to remain on campus and provide you with the pass. You will need to show the pass to the LUPD officers at the South Gate when entering the campus in a vehicle. If you do not have a vehicle, you are not required to obtain a pass.

International Travel Guidance and Restrictions

  • Langston University faculty, staff, and students may not travel to any region with a CDC Level 3 travel advisory for University business or academic purposes, including but not limited to study abroad, research or grant activity, internships, to perform academic work for credit, service, conferences or presentations, teaching or training, performances, recruiting, or athletic competitions.
  • Travel to Level 3 restricted regions for personal reasons is strongly discouraged.
  • Hosting incoming visitors from Level 3 restricted regions for personal purposes is strongly discouraged.
  • Hosting incoming visitors on campus from Level 3 restricted regions for University-related purposes (visiting lecturers, visiting scholars, researchers, etc.) requires prior approval from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to the visitor’s arrival.

Domestic Travel Guidance and Restrictions

As of today, Langston University has not implemented any restrictions on domestic travel related to COVID-19; however, we strongly recommend that travelers avoid areas where the virus is reported to be spreading. Follow CDC travel guidance and utilize a high standard of hygiene practices throughout any travel to mitigate risk. As of now, those areas include the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and New York.

Where can I find updated information?

For information regarding the COVID-19 virus, please visit the CDC website at

Click here to view an interactive map of COVID-19 cases around the world.

Where can I go for help?

If you experience any flu-like symptoms, please visit a medical provider for evaluations. Students may visit the Langston University Health Services Clinic located on the 1st floor of University Women. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Monday- Friday. Additional resources are listed below.

Logan County Health Department
215 Fairgrounds Rd. #A
Guthrie, OK 73044
(405) 282-3485

Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center
300 N. Martin Luther King Jr.
Langston, OK 73050
(405) 466-2535

Mercy Clinic Convenient Care-Guthrie Division
2919 S. Division
Guthrie, OK 73044
(405) 282-6301

Mercy Hospital Logan County
200 S. Academy Rd.
Guthrie, OK 73044
(405) 282-6700

If you have questions regarding the Novel Coronavirus not answered by the CDC website, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Services Clinic.

Langston University Health Services Clinic
University Women Room 112
(405) 466-3335


latest developments

November 2, 2020: EPG Campus Briefing: Residential Life Update & Housing Move-Out Protocols
October 5, 2020: EPG Campus Briefing: COVID-19 Notification Protocols & the Contact Tracing Process
September 28, 2020: EPG Campus Briefing: Academic Support Services
September 21, 2020: EPG Campus Briefing: Campus Dining and Student Life
September 14, 2020: EPG Campus Briefing: CARES Act HBCU Grant
September 8, 2020: EPG Campus Briefing: Cleaning Guidance & Strategies
August 24, 2020: EPG Campus Briefing: COVID-19 Notification Protocols and Leave Procedures
August 17, 2020: EPG Campus Briefing: Course Delivery Methods, Safety Protocols & Student Conduct
August 16, 2020: A Message from the Vice President of Academic Affairs
August 12, 2020: 2020 State of the University Address from President Smith
July 27, 2020: University Briefing from President Smith
July 3, 2020: 2020 Homecoming and Fall Sports Decision
July 1, 2020: Return to Campus Briefing from President Smith
June 17, 2020: Looking Forward to Fall
May 12, 2020: Teleworking Extended Through May 29, 2020
May 11, 2020: Spring 2020 Textbook Return Protocols
May 4, 2020: Additional Emergency Funding for Langston University Students
May 4, 2020: Spring 2020 Student Move-Out Protocols
April 29, 2020: Spring 2020 Housing, Meal Plan, and Student Fee Credit Adjustments  
April 23, 2020: Teleworking Continued Through May 15, 2020
April 20, 2020: Your Support of Langston University Students Matters!
April 14, 2020: COVID-19 Protocols for Remaining Residents
April 8, 2020: Student and Employee Services COVID-19 FAQ
April 8, 2020: Revised Advanced Health Screening Protocol for Remaining Residents
April 7, 2020: Enhanced Campus Access Restriction
April 7, 2020: Dining Operations for Those Remaining on Campus
April 6, 2020: TMCF Emergency Scholarship Opportunity Available
April 6, 2020: Families First Coronavirus Response Act
April 6, 2020: Caring for the Langston University Pride
March 27, 2020: Enhanced Measures on COVID-19
March 27, 2020: Important Update on COVID-19 from President Kent J. Smith, Jr.
March 26, 2020: Spring 2020 Grading Guidance: Pass/No Pass Option
March 23, 2020: Emergency Leadership Team COVID-19 Webinar Briefing 
March 22, 2020: Strategies for Academic Success with Hybrid Learning
March 22, 2020: Modified Dining Operations
March 20, 2020: Spring 2020 Housing Guidance
March 19, 2020: Classes to Remain Online Throughout the Spring 2020 Semester
March 13, 2020: Langston University COVID-19 Response
March 13, 2020: Spring Break and COVID-19 Guidance
March 10, 2020: COVID-19 Update on University Operations
January 31, 2020: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Guidance
January 27, 2020: Health News & Prevention Tips