COVID-19 News

As we move from the emergency stage of the coronavirus pandemic to resiliently taking next steps, we encourage you to stay up to date with the latest news at The University of Tulsa. Our leadership team in conjunction with the Crisis Management Team and TU’s Board of Trustees are strategically planning the continued proactive response to COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.

At this time, all university events are canceled and travel restrictions are in place. TU is implementing a three-phase plan to reopen campus based on public health recommendations and executed with the utmost concern for the wellbeing of our students, employees and visitors. The plan is designed to mitigate risks related to COVID-19 and can be adjusted to meet university and community needs.

The fall semester will start as scheduled with the health and safety of the TU community at the forefront of decision making while recognizing our strong desire to continue offering students a highly (sometimes virtually) connected, on-campus experience. Campus activities will occur pursuant to physical distancing and other defined health protocols. Everyone on campus will be required to wear face masks when inside campus buildings or when outside and unable to observe physical distancing. Masks will not be required within private working and/or living spaces.

Because of the nature of COVID-19, not all scheduled courses and campus activities will be offered in person during the 2020-21 academic year. TU will be fully prepared at any point during the academic year to move to a virtual learning environment should the health and safety of our community demand it. The course delivery options will include in-person, online and hybrid/flexible (hyflex). Classes will have electronic attendance to facilitate contact tracing if necessary. Scheduling will minimize hallway traffic between courses and no one will be required to attend class in person – instructor or student – if they feel it is a health risk to themselves and/or others. Classrooms will operate at significantly reduced capacity to facilitate physical distancing.

Other changes to the traditional academic year include Thanksgiving marking the end of on-campus instruction followed by virtual instruction with either in-person exams scheduled before the holiday or remote finals after the break. On-campus residents will be assigned private rooms in residence halls to promote physical distancing, although apartment residents may choose to live with a roommate since each student has his/her own bedroom. Guests and other visitors will not be permitted in campus housing. There will be mobile ordering and expanded carry-out dining options on campus.

Revisions to the Student Code of Conduct are in progress to reflect campus and policy changes. These revisions will be communicated to all students before the start of the school year.

We encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns by emailing covid19@utulsa.edu.