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Updates for Fall 2020

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Keeping OCU Safe: Pandemic Protocols 2020

June 25, 2020

As planning and preparations continue at OCU for our return to in-person classes this fall, I would like to share the University Safety Plan with you.

This comprehensive plan will guide the high quality experience we are committed to providing this year in a healthy and safe campus environment. As always, we remain flexible in our planning and will make additions to our plan as appropriate while preparations for the fall continue.

Our phased-in return-to-campus has been underway since June 15 and the second group of remote work employees returns to campus on Monday, June 29. We will continue our phased-in approach through Monday, Aug. 3. I am especially looking forward to welcoming students back to campus, beginning Aug. 9, and to the first day of classes on Aug. 17.

We all have a role to play in keeping our community healthy and safe. Please join me in wearing your mask, social distancing and exercising caring kindness toward others.

You can continue to keep up with the latest COVID-19 related information at okcu.edu/coronavirus.

Below are other updates that will help make your transition to campus in the fall as smooth as possible.

Overview of our plan to return to campus

Oklahoma City University leadership is actively working on safety planning and preparations for our return to in-person classes this fall.

We continue to guide planning within six focus areas including social distancing, education and training, illness protocols, accommodations for vulnerable populations, cleaning and sanitation protocols, and personal protective equipment supplies and policies.

All planning incorporates flexibility to enable us to quickly adjust plans as needed based on COVID-19 developments and guidance from local, state, and federal authorities.

We would like to share some new resources and frequently asked questions and answers with our incoming students.

Detailed plans for resuming on-campus presence

Our preparations to resume an on-campus presence will be centered around six primary areas:

  • Planning for social distancing in the in-person campus environment;
  • Providing education and training for students, faculty, and staff to keep our campus safe;
  • Implementing illness protocols to assist in managing positive cases;
  • Providing accommodations for vulnerable populations;
  • Enhancing cleaning and sanitization protocols; and
  • Providing appropriate personal protective equipment and supplies.

Our phased-in return-to-work for OCU staff is set for June 15, with full implementation by August 3. We will be implementing a variety of safety measures and training sessions prior to June 15.

We will continue to craft the structure for in-person fall classes, residential living and campus life.

Throughout our process of returning to campus for work and in-person classes, the safety of our students, employees, and visitors will remain our top priority. More information will be shared throughout the next several weeks, as we further develop safety standards for returning to campus.

Our Emergency Operations Center Team has met weekly since March 2 to evaluate the evolving pandemic and to make informed policy recommendations. The university’s EOC policy group, which is comprised of senior administrators, continues to meet several times each week to plan for our return to in-person campus operations. I’ve been pleased with the flexibility and swiftness of decision-making from our leadership team, which has driven our ability to implement new procedures. OCU’s size, culture, and close-knit community will continue to serve us well as we move toward returning to campus.

Undergraduate Enrollment Events

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosted several Zoom sessions for admitted students this summer in which they will cover various items to prepare for the Fall 2020 semester.

>> View upcoming opportunities and recordings here. <<

Stars 101

Our Stars 101 freshman enrollment events were virtual this year. These events were hosted June 8-11 and June 22-25. If you were unable to attend either of these events, please contact your admissions counselor or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (405) 208-5000 or admissions@okcu.edu.

>> You can view recordings and resources from past events here. <<

Stars 301

Our Stars 301 transfer enrollment events were virtual this year. July 14-15 are our final dates for Stars 301. If you originally were registered for July 15, you have been moved to these dates for the virtual event. More information can be found here. We also hosted events on May 19-20 and June 16-17.

If this change does not work with you or you still have enrollment questions, please contact your admissions counselor or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (405) 208-5000 or admissions@okcu.edu to change your registration.

If you still need to sign-up for the July 14-15 sessions, you can do so here.

>> You can view recordings and resources from past events here. <<

New Student Orientation Summer Mentorship Program

This program will allow you and a small group of other incoming students to mix and mingle on a weekly basis while also receiving individualized attention and guidance from current students. All together, the program will meet as a whole three times between early July and move-in day. The program will conclude with an OCU/OKC-themed trivia night in which only one team will reign supreme.

If you are interested in enrolling in the Summer Mentorship Program, please complete the short application here as soon as possible.

New Student Orientation

New student orientation will be held Aug. 10 to 16 and the first day of classes begins Aug. 17, one week earlier than usual.

Residence Hall move-in for FIRST, Honors, and PLC freshmen is Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. General freshmen move-in will occur Aug 9, from noon to 5 p.m. and then Aug. 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Returning, transfer, and graduate students will move in from Aug 11 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students will need to sign up for a move-in time slot. Specific instructions and guidelines for Fall 2020 move-in will be sent in June or July as well as posted on the Housing and Residence Life webpage.

Fall 2020 Semester

We are still planning for in-person instruction this fall semester. The Fall 2020 academic calendar has been condensed to allow most classes to finish by Thanksgiving, several weeks ahead of the typical schedule. Changes to the schedule are designed to mitigate risks due to COVID-19.

Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy classes will continue through Dec. 18. Other graduate programs follow slightly different academic calendars. Students are encouraged to consult their program directors to confirm their academic calendars.

Due to the academic schedule adjustments, the university will be open and classes will be in session on Labor Day and the university will not observe a fall break this year. Final exams will be held between Nov. 19 and 24, including on Saturday, Nov. 21. No final exams will be administered on Sunday, Nov. 22. Residence halls will close at 3 p.m. Nov. 25.

While these schedule changes are new for the university, they are designed to support a learning and living environment that is as safe as possible for our students, faculty and staff.

>> The full calendar is available here. <<

Residence Hall move-in for FIRST, Honors, and PLC freshmen is Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. General freshmen move-in will occur Aug 9, from noon to 5 p.m. and then Aug. 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Returning, transfer, and graduate students will move in from Aug 11 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students will need to sign up for a move-in time slot. Specific instructions and guidelines for Fall 2020 move-in will be sent out later this month as well as posted on the Housing and Residence Life webpage.

New student orientation will be held Aug. 10 to 16 and the first day of classes begins Aug. 17, one week earlier than usual.

Administrators are working hard to ensure our campus is safe and ready for your arrival. Items such as extra campus housing sanitation practices, maximum class sizes, cafeteria social distancing policies and campus events are being examined for possible scenarios based upon what reopening phase Oklahoma is in at the start of fall classes, plus what the scientific data says at the time.

>> View Fall Semester FAQ here. <<

On-Campus Housing

Our priority housing contract and housing fee deadline has passed. These deadlines were moved from May 1 to June 1. To complete the housing fee payment, click here. To submit a housing contract, click here. Please note that transfer students are not required to pay the enrollment commitment deposit.

Residence Hall move-in for FIRST, Honors, and PLC freshmen is Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. General freshmen move-in will occur Aug 9, from noon to 5 p.m. and then Aug. 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Returning, transfer, and graduate students will move in from Aug 11 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students will need to sign up for a move-in time slot. Specific instructions and guidelines for Fall 2020 move-in will be sent out later this month as well as posted on the Housing and Residence Life webpage.

Campus Visits (In-Person and Virtual)

As we begin to bring university employees back on campus, we are slowly opening our campus back up to visitors as well. We want to welcome you back to campus as you feel comfortable to make your campus visit to Oklahoma City University. We have made it possible for you and your family to visit in small groups, three different times a day beginning June 30. We will be taking additional precautions as we do this to protect both you, as our guest and our employees.

  • Visits will be offered three times a day at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Each visit will be limited to 3 students with a maximum of 2 guests.
  • Each visit will include an Admission & Financial Aid Presentation, Student Life & Academic Tour. Departmental Visits will be made in the follow up and those appointments will be scheduled via Zoom or other online format.
  • Masks will be worn by each employee in admissions on your campus visits, and we strongly recommend that our visitors wear masks as well. We encourage you to bring your own mask, but we will be happy to provide one for you if you happen to forget yours.

Mid-August, the university will determine if we will be able to return to larger group visits after Labor Day. We will post these updates on our okcu.edu website.

Please let us know if you have questions about this process at admissions@okcu.edu. If you are ready to schedule your in-person campus visit, please visit the link below. If you are still wanting to explore Oklahoma City University from the comfort of your own home, please choose our virtual campus visit link below.

>> In-Person Campus Visit Experience

>> Virtual Campus Visit Experience

>> COVID-19 Updates

Student Financial Services Reopening

Beginning June 29, Student Financial Services will reopen with limited access and personnel. As the university continues our phased-in reopening, we also want to reiterate the many ways that our office can help you virtually just as if you were to visit our office on campus. Our goal, as always, is to provide the same level of great customer service in the virtual world, just as we would in person.

We want our customers to know that we are taking extra steps to provide a safe environment for everyone.

  • Social distancing markers will be placed on the floor in the hallway leading to the Student Accounts front counter.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available and is strongly encouraged to be used.
  • Appointments are preferred and can be scheduled with Financial Aid or Student Accounts staff beginning June 29. We encourage all appointments to be conducted via Zoom, however, if customers need to visit with a Student Financial Services representative in person, it will be permitted with the following conditions.
    • Appointments are preferred, and may begin with Student Financial Services staff beginning June 29th.
    • All participants meeting with a Student Financial Services team member, including the Student Financial Services representative, are required to wear a mask. If the external visitors do not have one, then one will be provided.
    • Each student is allowed a maximum of two guests.
    • Use of hand sanitizer will be required for every external visitor.

As students and staff adjust to new protocols put in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, Student Financial Services has prepared the following guide for you to use to access faster, more convenient service as well as answers to your questions. This guide will help you quickly access what can be done online vs. in-person and about how long each item will take to complete. To avoid delay when calling our office, please leave a voice message as we may be on another call.

While we all hope to “see” you in person soon. We appreciate your patience and understanding and look forward to welcoming you back to our offices.

Credit Card Processing & Fees

Beginning July 1, 2020, students and employees who choose to make payment to Oklahoma City University with a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover), instead of check or money order, will incur a convenience fee of 2.85% for the use of this service (minimum of $3.00). OCU does not receive any part of this fee, but it is used to pay the card processor for the per transaction cost that we incur each time a card is presented for payment. This decision was not made lightly, but follows the best practices for colleges and universities across the country. Please note the following:

  • PayPath, a secure third-party payment service, processes online credit and debit card payments for tuition and other student account charges on behalf of OCU.
  • The convenience fee will appear as a separate charge on your credit card statement.
  • The credit card convenience fee is nonrefundable, even if the payment to which it relates is cancelled, refunded, credited, or charged back.

Do other universities charge convenience fees for credit card payments?

  • Yes. All of OCU’s peer institutions either accept credit card payments only with a convenience fee, or do not accept credit card payments at all.
  • OCU is offering payment by credit card as an option because we believe in the highest degree of flexibility for our students and their authorized users, and we believe that our students and their authorized users are financially savvy enough to know when payment by credit card is the right option for them.

What payment methods can be used to avoid the convenience fee?

  • eCheck payments (bank transfer from checking or savings accounts) submitted via TouchNet, accessible in BlueLink.
  • Payments by cash, check, or money order can be made in person at the Students Accounts office (Room 340, Clara Jones Administration Building).
  • Checks and money orders can be mailed to Oklahoma City University, Student Accounts, 2501 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, OK 73106.