It’s our priority to make SNU a safe, secure place. While we are not aware of any significant risk of coronavirus exposure at any of our campuses, preventing the spread of illnesses like the flu and the coronavirus is something we take seriously. In addition to the strong safety measures we normally follow, we’re taking extra precautions during this time to help keep our campus safe and healthy.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear between 2 to 14 days after exposure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends contacting your professional health care provider if you are experiencing symptoms, have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case or have traveled to a destination with higher numbers of confirmed cases. People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
April 7, 2020
For the Spring 2020 semester, in deference to the incredibly challenging time we face with the global pandemic, a change to Grading Policy has been enacted at Southern Nazarene University.
Effective immediately, all undergraduate and graduate students (including professional programs) will be permitted (but not required) to convert any or all spring 2020 courses to pass/no-pass (P/NP) grading.
Student Steps to Take:
April 2nd, 2020
Thank you for your patience as our leadership team has prayed about the very best ways to address the many issues facing our community right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has created financial challenges for students, families, and for SNU. We want to communicate clearly with you about the actions we are taking in supporting you and your family during this season.
It is important that we handle student room and board expenses accurately. Please read carefully. We will automatically be providing credit for room charges and board charges for the unused portion of this semester (37.5%) less any subsidy from institutional sources of financial aid (SNU internal funds). Our philosophy is that we want to refund to our students and families all resources that came from outside SNU to pay for room and board costs.
Credits on a student’s account will be determined based on each student’s unique charges and the level of SNU scholarships each student is currently receiving. We will be working to place credits on the student's account by no later than Friday, April 10, 2020. Students will be able to check their student accounts via the portal and see the room and board credit posted. This statement will reflect your new balance.
By Friday, May 17, 2020, graduating students who have a credit balance in total on their accounts (after all charges, payments, and credits have been posted) will be issued a refund. For all non-graduating students, the credits can be used to cover their balances due for either the Summer 2020 academic term or the 2020-2021 academic year.
We have made available an Excel spreadsheet that provides the formula that we are using in making the calculation to determine your individual credit- you can consult it to get a very good estimate for your own credit using information that you find on your billing statement. Please contact Student Financial Services at 405-491-6308 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more personalized information.
SNU cares about our families and we know many of you are experiencing financial hardship during this time. If you have experienced a significant loss of income or other serious financial losses from COVID-19, we have created the link below for you to submit this information. A student does not have to be currently receiving Federal Financial Aid (PELL Grant) to be considered for assistance.
Our plan is to work through these special circumstances in two groups, the current academic year and the next year. This link is for any students / families who have been impacted this semester (Spring ’20) and due to financial hardship related to the COVID-19, and will have difficulties staying current with their SNU school bill. You will need to have this form completed and submitted by April 24, 2020. There will be a second link sent over the summer focused on student aid for the 2020-21 academic year.
We cannot guarantee that we will be able to assist in every student’s situation, but we will try to help as many families as possible. Because we are expecting a sizable number of submittals, we anticipate it may take into the summer to process them all. Please be patient with us and we will do our best to help where we can.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your individual situation, please take a minute to complete this form and have an SNU representative personally reach out.
As a reminder, if your family has experienced a loss of a job, loss of income, been furloughed, had hours reduced, etc, please complete the financial aid special circumstances form (instead of this one) that’s linked in the previous paragraph and our financial aid office will follow up with you directly.
On Saturday, May 9, SNU will provide virtual commencement celebrations with an option to participate in an in-person ceremony later in the year. Details are still emerging. To keep up with the latest, visit snu.edu/commencement.
The SNU Bookstore will be contacting you in a few weeks, to arrange ways for you to return any rentals that you have in your possession at the end of the term. Communication will be sent to your SNU email, so please be sure to watch for the information. If you have questions, please contact the bookstore: 405-491-6366 or Tree of Life Customer Support: 888-392-2930.
Currently, all summer school courses will be administered online. As a reminder, tuition for these courses has been reduced to $250/hr (so for a 3-credit class, the total tuition would be $750). If you have questions about how your PELL Grant, Oklahoma Promise, or other financial aid could be applied, please reach out to your financial aid counselor.
We are beginning to put plans in place for the fall semester and we want to be sure you have all you need to do to prepare. If you plan to live on campus, Housing Applications are due April 8th and there will be an online Room Rush [housing selection] April 21st. Complete details are in your email. Off-Campus applications can be completed at this link. If you have questions, email email@example.com.
Contact your advisor to enroll in classes for Fall 2020. If you don’t know who your advisor is or if you cannot get in touch with your advisor, email Misty Jaggers and she’ll help!
Finally, I want you to know we are praying for all of our students and your families - for health, for peace, and for perseverance. We are here to serve you. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Dr. Keith Newman
March 27th, 2020
Our weekly LiveLast comes to you this week in a video format. I wish I had the opportunity to sit with you and share a cup of coffee or a glass of iced tea. Though I understand the need for social distancing, I am not a fan.
I pray for you and your families often and even more so in these days.
Character – Culture – Christ: our motto for decades, and it feels even more important to me right now. As a world, and as individuals, our character is being tested and refined. We are all feeling pressure with concerns about health, our own, our family, our friends, everyone. Trailing right behind is the economic impact of this pandemic. All of us are feeling the dramatic effect of this crisis on our bank accounts, retirement funds, and wondering what the future holds. We are all being challenged and changed in this environment, and I can't help but wonder how God is going to use this season to refine our character. There is no doubt that we will be different when this period of our world's history has passed, and it will pass, though none of us yet knows when that day will be.
As we create the appropriate distance from each other, I am reminded that this is a perfect opportunity to draw even closer to God. I have found myself reading and reflecting in the Psalms. Many of the Psalmists write during character-refining moments in their lives. With brutal honesty, they describe their fears, their anxiety, at times their desperation, but almost always reach a point of truth and trust.
Psalm 31:24 encouraged me when I read it early this morning in my devotions:
“Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”
We are all waiting right now. Waiting for this to be over. Waiting to see what impact this has on us personally, our family, and yes, Southern Nazarene University.
At SNU we are doing all we can to stay connected…even at a distance. We have, and we are experiencing lots of loss and it's okay to acknowledge, lament, and mourn these losses. Still, at the same time, it is so vital that we stay connected with each other, even though it needs to be virtually these days. I am thinking about students and am so grateful for the work that our faculty and staff are doing to serve them in this semester that has been interrupted. I know there is heroic work being done. I have spent many hours on Zoom calls this week, and I am aware of how we are scrambling to serve our students and each other. Thank you for the extra hours and all the grace being expended and extended.
While we are waiting, we are doing our very best to evaluate our finances and respond to the economic impact on SNU. Like you, we have so many unknowns right now. We are hopeful that there will be external support. We are also very aware that we must reduce expenses and manage our limited cash reserves. Again I thank you for your help in being great stewards of what we have been given. Our University Cabinet met for almost four hours earlier this week, and we are adopting measures to help us maximize our resources. You will hear more about decisions related to hiring, purchase cards, and budgets in the coming days. As you can imagine, we are being extremely cautious due to the many variables currently being experienced.
While we are waiting, we are continuing to work, some from home and some from their offices. Your health and well-being is our priority. As you have questions about your work schedule and venue, please stay in close communication with your supervisor. We want you to be safe, and we also believe it is imperative that we continue to function on our main campus and our Tulsa center, even with a more limited presence in our workforce.
While we are waiting, we are doing our very best to position ourselves for the future, one that is impossible to predict. As you know, we are enrollment driven, so we are attempting to engage our full resources in recruiting our traditional students back for the fall semester. We are hoping to accomplish this through creative retention efforts. We are also doing everything we can to recruit new students, both first-time freshmen and transfer students. We can use everyone's assistance in the retention and recruitment of our students. You will be encouraged to know that PGS enrollment efforts continue to be strong and we are experiencing growth in this area. We are working hard and praying that this trend will continue in spite of the pandemic challenges.
While we are waiting, we are doing some repositioning to maximize our resources. One example I share with you today: Tollya Spindle, my Executive Assistant, has volunteered to serve as the Interim Director of Admissions during the next few months. This is an open position. Many of you know that Tollya served as the SNU Director of Admissions previously. I am grateful for her willingness to help us in this time of need. We will be asking others to reposition in this season as we respond to needs and best utilize our most valuable resource, our employees. Thank you in advance for your flexibility!
While we are waiting, questions are developing, and I am well aware of many of them:
I can't answer those questions today. I can promise you that we are doing all we can to protect jobs, salaries, and benefits. Still, I also know that the ripple effects of this pandemic will force changes.
I promise to tell you the truth all along the way. I promise to keep you informed. And I promise you that we want to care for and communicate with our employees in a way that honors each one and, most of all, honors God.
During these days, I have received hundreds of messages of support, assurance of prayers, and phone calls where people were checking on SNU and on me. I hope you are experiencing the same thing. I want you to know how much we love you, value you, and are praying for you. We are stronger together.
Let me close by reflecting on what I am seeing out the large window in my office. I see Moms and Dads walking their toddlers and elementary school students, and sometimes their dogs, in the backyard of Bresee. I also see faculty and staff prayer walking the campus. It is a different sight than I usually see, and while I love this sight, I long for the day when our students, staff, and faculty can be walking the Bethany campus again. I can't wait for that first Chapel service when we can celebrate the dawning of a new season. I am not a big hugger, but I think I may have to be restrained from too much hugging when this dark night is over, and we are together again. Until then, we wait, and we embrace the words of the Psalmist…
Be strong and let your heart take courage…
God chose you and me for this season in SNU's history. We are here to serve our students, each other, and our Savior. May God give us strength and wisdom for the journey.
If there are specific questions I can answer for you, please reach out by phone or email.
March 20th, 2020
Frustrated - Yes. Fearful - No. We believe the words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy, these are days to draw from God’s power while practicing love and self-control. Thanks for your patience in these unprecedented days that are filled with so many challenges and decision-making points. In the midst of what seems like hourly changes, SNU has tried to respond carefully as we have remained hopeful that students could return to our campuses and educational centers this semester. Yesterday we determined that the COVID - 19 pandemic eliminated this opportunity. The decision to move fully online for the remainder of this semester created many questions and this very lengthy communication attempts to address as many as possible.
Change always brings a sense of loss and we are all feeling loss, and at times, a bit lost these days. We are especially saddened that our seniors are not able to experience all of those “last” moments of their time at SNU. Together we are always stronger and we are praying that we will be united in our lament and our expectation of better days ahead.
Please read the entire message. We are fully aware that many of the items addressed do not apply to your particular situation but we felt it best to consolidate as much information as possible in one communication piece. While additional, more specific information will be coming to help you navigate your particular program or your needs as a student, we hope that you find many of the answers or contacts you need here. As a reminder, today is the last day of our employees’ Spring Break, so offices will reopen Monday, March 23
It is important to note that there are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 on the SNU campus.
As stated in our announcement on March 19, all traditional undergraduate students enrolled in face-to-face classes will resume their classes online beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. This will not alter the spring semester ending dates. Any traditional undergraduate online courses that were to begin this coming Monday for traditional students will also begin on March 30. Online delivery of face-to-face courses will continue through the end of the spring semester. Final exams are also to be delivered online. The learning management system (LMS), Canvas, will be used as the primary means for delivering course content. Students who need to meet with faculty regarding concerns about their current Spring 2020 classes are to do so online. Please continue to monitor your SNU email, Canvas, and this page for important University updates related to continuing and completing Spring 2020 classes.
Announcements and training/instruction for faculty and students for using specific technologies will be posted in Canvas.
Southern Nazarene University transitioned to a state-of-the-art learning management system (LMS) in 2018. It was an important decision, envisioned at that time to provide the faculty of our university the very best tools to lead online courses that are relevant, content-rich, engaging, and meaningful. In this 2019-2020 school year, we have added leadership and reimagined the role of our Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI) plays on our campus. At the time, we had no idea how relevant these changes would be in our readiness for the circumstances we face this spring. Traditional students who have been accustomed to a residential campus experience along with PGS students that have attended at our Bethany, Tulsa, Del City, or graduate education sites can expect a quality experience these coming days online. Our Provost, Dr. Tim Eades, is committed to the quality of our instruction and the success of our students and welcomes all input from faculty, students, and parents alike. Feel free to contact Dr. Eades at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure we are doing all we can to keep our students informed during this challenging time, each faculty member has been asked to communicate with students in each of their classes (through Canvas and other means) to clearly communicate expectations for each course. Please check Canvas and email for this communication and guidance.
Advisors will be contacting students who have not yet enrolled over the next two weeks to enroll students in classes for the Summer and Fall 2020 terms. These advising conversations will be held by phone or by virtual conferencing. Students can review their academic progress at any time and develop a tentative schedule of classes to discuss with their advisor by visiting SNU Self Service.
PGS students attending general studies, bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs in our face-to-face and online offerings have a myriad of varying schedules. As such, we have asked all program directors and faculty involved with our PGS students to directly communicate with their learners on plans for the coming weeks. In general, the following start-up dates apply:
For more information on PGS programs, please contact Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Melany Kyzer at email@example.com or Dean of Professional Studies, Dr. Cathy Hutchings-Wedel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SNU Library will be temporarily closed to the public. Limited library services, including electronic collections and reference services for phone and email questions and answers for faculty, staff, and students will still be available. Circulation of physical collections and faculty reserve items will be limited to special requests only, as the physical space will be temporarily closed.
We will postpone our May 9 Commencement ceremony but will work to establish an alternate date, with plenty of advance notice, to allow graduates and their families to connect and celebrate this significant milestone. Once again, we regret the need to delay this event, but we look forward with great expectation to honoring our graduates in this most unusual season.
There will be a Google Site link at the top of each Canvas page with video training and resources that will be helpful as we transition to online learning.
Tutoring and Writing Appointments will be held electronically via Google Hangouts or Zoom meetings for the remainder of the semester. You can sign up for Writing Center appointments and the tutor will follow up with you for further instructions. If you are in a course that we are offering tutoring for this semester you will receive further instructions on how to access those tutoring sessions.
Traditional students, if you believe additional academic/personal support would help you transition to the online learning environment, please email Misty Jaggers at email@example.com to set up remote coaching via Zoom, Google Hangouts or phone call. Students already meeting with academic coaches will continue to meet regularly via Zoom, Google Hangouts or phone calls. Your academic coach will be contacting you to set that up.
Professional studies students (PGS) needing academic/personal support can contact Alicia McCullar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-person services will be limited and available to those students who do not have computer and internet access to connect online.
Phone, Zoom, and Google Hangout appointments are available through individual staff members’ youcanbook.me links. In addition, reminders and weekly emails will be utilized to remain in contact.
If you have met with Disability Services (DS) and created Student Accommodation Plans and have given them to the professor this semester, then your accommodations transfer to your online courses automatically. If you have not met with Disability Services to create access plans this semester or you have not turned your access plans into your professors yet, please email Tabitha Pope (DS Director) at email@example.com for further instructions.
Support is being provided with individualized engagement through phone, text platforms and emails from Student Success staff in Traditional and PGS programs.
The Testing Center is currently closed for proctoring and CLEP/MAT tests until further notice. If you need access for disability purposes, please email Denise Davis (Testing Center Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RENEW Counseling Services desires to maintain continuity of care. If you are already utilizing RENEW Services, your therapist has contacted you via email or phone call. If you are a new client seeking services, please email Kimberly Campbell at email@example.com or call 405.717.6200 during normal office hours. More resources for well-care will be shared in the coming weeks. Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
All Christian Formation / Chapel Requirements are waived for the Spring Semester 2020. However, each chapel eligible student will be enrolled in a Canvas Course called Spiritual Life: Christian Formation Credit. Watch for this to show up on your Canvas dashboard. This will include opportunities to participate in some online formative experiences including devotionals, videos, and discussion. You are welcome (not required) to participate in this course.
Many of our small group leaders will be leading virtual small groups through our Zoom meeting format on Thursday. We'd love to have as many people join these groups as possible. You will receive more information by email and you will be able to access these through the Canvas Course.
The Spiritual Life pastors will be available for prayer and conversation. You can email, text or call us, set up Zoom or Google Hangouts. Contact Dr. Blair Spindle at firstname.lastname@example.org, Banning Dawson at email@example.com or Deanna Thomason at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are praying for our community!
We have made the difficult decision to not send our SIMS teams out this summer. We will postpone the 2020 trips and reschedule for 2021. More information will be coming from the Spiritual Life staff on these trips.
We will be seeing patients by appointment only from 9am-Noon, M-F. The nurse and/or the Dr. will be on campus during limited hours and extra cleaning will take place between each patient. No walk-ins will be permitted. You must call the SNU Student Health Center at 405.491.6605 and leave a message with your name, health symptoms and phone number and we will return your call to visit with you prior to an appointment. We will not be seeing anyone with respiratory issues as we do not have access to Covid-19 testing.
If a student is on medication that has been prescribed from our Physician, the Health Center will make every effort to order enough to last through August. If we do not have enough in our pharmacy, we will be able to order it from the pharmacy of the student’s choice.
To order a prescription(s) send a request to email@example.com with the following information:
If a student has an allergy shot serum that is stored in the health center, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to pick it up during your scheduled move-out time. Please only do this after your time has been confirmed.
If a student has currently been taking attention-deficit medication Dr. Siems can continue to fill this through our electronic prescription program. No pain medications will be prescribed during this time.
If you have questions not answered here, email our nurse, Angie Hattler, RN, email@example.com.
This office will remain functional and fully accessible online. For resume review, or to request an online appointment (via Zoom or Google Hangout), please email Michelle Mullens, firstname.lastname@example.org. However, please continue to check our on-campus employment website as departments across campus are already posting student positions for the Fall 2020 semester. Handshake, our online job platform for all off-campus, part-time, full-time and internships will continue to be updated regularly as employers continue to request job postings with SNU. If you don't already have a Handshake profile set up, go to snu.joinhandshake.com, log in with your SNU email using your SNU username and password, complete your profile and start searching!
Student Mail Forwarding Procedure:
Legal Home Permanent Address. If you have returned home to your legal home permanent address, this will become the default location to which all of your student mail will be sent. No need to contact us. If you are not returning to your permanent address on file, please correct your forwarding address along with your cell number here to email@example.com.
Postage may be due on some packages or mail. Should we receive international packages that will not forward through the USPS system or through other couriers, we will need to call or email the student with notification of additional charges to forward.
Tips for dealing with your mail
If you have any further questions, email Shelby Nichols in the Commons Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 405.491.6321
Beginning now, on-campus food service is discontinued through the remainder of the Spring semester. Arrangements will be made for student meals for those who petition for on-campus housing and are permitted to stay on campus.
We know there are many questions about this issue and we are working diligently to create solutions to assist each student and their family who have been impacted by the campus closure. The University is in conversations with Sodexo who provides food service to the campus. We will provide additional information as soon as possible.
The University will be waiving all late fees and encourages students to continue to make payments as they are able. Please work with the Business office directly at 405.491.6308 or 1.800.648.9899, and at email@example.com.
If a family is facing a significant financial change to their circumstances, we encourage students to reach out to SNU’s Financial Aid Office. Questions concerning financial aid can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 405.491.6310.
Lost tournaments, lost seasons, lost opportunities to compete, to witness, and to achieve are painful. Again, we are saddened by the loss created by the COVID - 19 challenge for ALL of our athletes, but especially for our seniors. We know you are disappointed and our hearts hurt with you. Your commitment to SNU has inspired us all and we are grateful you chose to represent the Storm with excellence on and off your respective playing surfaces.
Last week the Great American Conference (GAC) Council of Presidents announced an indefinite suspension of the conference's sports activities - practices and competitions - for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.
This decision followed the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) cancelation of all championships for the year due to the evolving COVID-19 public health threat. In accordance with NCAA and GAC Policy, SNU has suspended all organized athletic activity until otherwise notified.
On Friday, March 13, 2020, the NCAA adopted emergency legislation to establish a temporary recruiting suspension period for all NCAA Division I and II sports, effective immediately, and in effect until at least April 15, 2020. Accordingly, the Collegiate Commissioner’s Association (CCA) has eliminated all National Letter of Intent (NLI) signings until at least April 15, 2020. This suspension will be re-evaluated on or before April 15, 2020. The NLI suspension applies to both Divisions I and II NLI member institutions. As such, NLIs cannot be issued to Division I and II prospective student-athletes effective March 16, 2020, through at least April 15, 2020. NLIs issued and signed by prospective student-athletes before March 16, 2020, should still be managed through the normal validation process with the GAC office.
Based on recent guidance and advisories related to COVID-19, the Sawyer Center and Broadhurst are closed until further notice. Once the Sawyer Center and Broadhurst are preparing to reopen, notifications on various platforms will be communicated.
The Admissions and Financial Aid Offices are announcing the following updates for traditional undergraduate visits and events:
We recognize that many of our students may face equity and access challenges in this new framework of course delivery. If you need assistance, please contact Dr. Lena Crouso, Vice President of Intercultural Learning and Engagement, at email@example.com.
SNU employees may work from home to the extent they are able to perform job functions remotely and with supervisor approval. Campus employees have received an email from Information Technology with specific instructions regarding connecting remotely.
Recommendations to slow the spread include:
These guidelines build on the CDC’s recommendations to help prevent the spread of the virus. All people should continue practicing strict personal hygiene, including washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds at a time and wiping down surfaces in the home regularly.
Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you are at risk – and your activities can increase the risk of contracting the Coronavirus for others. Everyone can do their part.
In order to implement recommendations from the CDC, all events and campus-wide gatherings with more than 10 people are canceled for the next eight weeks. Future decisions will be made at that time. For now, the meeting organizer or attendees should set up the meeting virtually, using an online format (Zoom, Google Hangouts).
Campus employees have received an email from Information Technology with specific instructions regarding Zoom.
SNU reminds our campus community of the importance of social distancing. Simply stated, social distancing is keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and other people. It also means limiting nonessential travel from home, staying at home whenever possible, not attending social gatherings, and not attending crowded events. We want to see you back safe and healthy in the Fall.
Finish Well! Great advice whether you are talking about life, a job, an assignment, a race, or the completion of your first or last semester. Certainly, current events have dictated an undesired finish to this spring semester, but there remains the opportunity to finish well. For almost one hundred years the motto of SNU has been Character - Culture - Christ. These unexpected days for us provide extra opportunities to live out our motto in powerful ways. We remain committed to helping students finish well and we look forward to beginning our 122nd year of service this fall.
There are a number of points of contact offered in this communication, but if you have a question that does not appear to fall into one of these categories, feel free to email me and I will do my best to direct your request to a member of the SNU team who can best serve you.
Prayerful, Grateful, and Hopeful!
Dr. Keith Newman
March 19th, 2020
Today Southern Nazarene University is announcing the decision to extend Spring Break for all students in a face-to-face format for one week.
Additionally, the decision was made today that all classes will be moved to an online format for the duration of the spring. Students studying with SNU at any physical location will complete this Spring semester online. Classes will resume in the following manner:
Employees will return to work on Monday, March 23, 2020. Employees may make arrangements with their supervisor to work from home if their assignment allows a telecommuting arrangement.
As we are all aware COVID-19 has created a global impact. We will continue to respond in ways that attempt to provide the utmost care for our students and employees.
Keep reviewing this page for updates.
Blessed are the flexible, for they will help us get through these days of disruption!
March 14th, 2020 - 1
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association has canceled all of the shows for the rest of this semester.
SNU Equestrian will not compete in their show at Redlands CC.
March 14th, 2020 - 2
Southern Nazarene University continues to monitor the Covid-19 emergency and has made the following decisions about in-person classes after spring break.
March 13th, 2020
As a member of the Great American Conference, Southern Nazarene University joined other member institutions on March 12, 2020, by indefinitely suspending sports activities for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. This includes all practices and competitions.
Southern Nazarene University students are now officially on spring break, lasting through March 22. SNU's dining services and Health Center closes today and will reopen on Monday, March 23. As you would expect, we will continue to gather information daily from multiple sources and SNU's leadership team will make decisions related to future campus-based Bethany, Tulsa, Del City and graduate education site offerings early next week.
March 11th, 2020
Here’s what you can do to keep yourself and others safe and healthy:
We hope everyone has a restful and safe break. If you have any questions, please reply here or reach out to the Student Health Center
March 9th, 2020
With all of the information circulating about Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and what different universities’ responses are or might be, SNU leadership feels it prudent at this time to reach out and provide some information on the steps that are being taken and considered for us as a community at this time.
The University gathers information daily from multiple sources to keep up to date on the current state of the virus and its spread. Many of you have shared at times that you do the same. In Oklahoma, there is currently one confirmed case in the Tulsa area. In the United States overall, the virus is being seen to varying degrees in different states. In the foreign location where we now have students, Costa Rica, there are currently five confirmed cases. In overseas areas where we have plans to send students and staff in the coming months, just as in the US, there are varying levels of confirmed cases. We have also been in direct contact with and continue to get information from our local and state health departments on the virus details and recommended steps for prevention and response.
While the University already has a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan, specific discussions began a few weeks ago and continue to date on what steps we need to have in place to respond and best care for any individuals that may present in our campus communities with this virus. We worked these steps out, again, in conjunction with information and advice from our county and state health departments who are being informed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Most urgently for the University, has been the consideration of plans to possibly isolate and quarantine residential students if needed and directed by local health officials. Plans to take these steps, if required, are in place now. Additionally, University leadership has reviewed and discussed the students we currently have located internationally and the plans we have to send others to foreign locations in the future. Monitoring of the specifics in each location continues and steps will be taken to protect the safety and well-being of these individuals as the location circumstances dictate.
It is essential for us all to realize this is an ever-evolving and changing situation. With that in mind, University leadership is also considering preparations to take additional steps as needed. Examples of such actions could include doing all instruction in an online format with no face to face classes if required, canceling or postponing planned foreign travel for students and staff in coming months if situations in those areas warrant, and other adjustments to event, work, or extracurricular activity schedules if needed. At this time, we have not made a decision to take any of these precautions given that the situation is still unfolding. We diligently continue to monitor and will be prepared to act prudently as specific circumstances warrant with information and advice from our county and state health departments who are being informed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our first goal is always the safety and well being of our students and our community.
First, each of us can follow the general guidance for prevention of the virus that has been shared by numerous health agencies as well as not traveling internationally to certain locations. Additionally, at this time, the university is requesting that each member of our community (students, faculty, and/or staff) who may be traveling internationally anytime between now and the end of the current academic year voluntarily self-report the specifics (name, dates, and international locations) via this Foreign Travel Form. All of the information shared will be held confidentially and only be used as a way for the University to be prepared for any possible reports of illnesses and the appropriate responses and actions that would be required. Finally, we would remind us all to continue to exercise a spirit of calmness and patience with one another during these days and to remember in prayer those already impacted in so many locations.