I want to thank you for your flexibility and patience as we make decisions based on the fast-evolving global coronavirus pandemic. I have heard from many of you, and I share your concerns. I understand that it is a time of uncertainty and that this is a stressful way to enter your spring break. I assure you that we are taking every precaution we can and we continue to evaluate the situation hour by hour.
Here are a few things I’d like to emphasize to allay fears and resolve any misinformation:
- The second Tulsa resident confirmed to have COVID-19 is a relative of a TU student. There was no direct exposure to any student, and no one in the TU community has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Please exercise caution and good judgment over spring break and view our recently updated travel policies before making any travel decisions.
- Practice social distancing and, if possible, stay home for two weeks following spring break. Virtual classes will resume March 23.
- We will provide an update by the end of spring break regarding plans to resume on-campus classes past April 5.
- We have not made a decision regarding commencement, but we will make that call by mid-April.
Thank you for bearing with us as we work to make decisions in the best interest of our students, faculty and staff. My heart goes out to each of you who is being pulled away from so much that makes the TU experience special – study abroad courses, hallway chats with professors following class, conversations with friends over a meal in the Union and extracurricular activities such as the Research Colloquium, TEDx talks and athletic events. Your safety and success are of paramount concern right now. I wish you a restorative break, and I earnestly look forward to the reunion of our TU community.
Janet K. Levit