COVID-19 General Frequently Asked Questions

During this time, we want to keep you informed so you can make important decisions surrounding your health and safety. Below are general frequently asked questions.

Covid-19 General FAQS

The purpose of pre-arrival COVID-19 testing is to identify those individuals who may be asymptomatic but test positive. Students who test positive can then isolate at home and not travel to TU until medically cleared for the health and safety of the campus community.

Federal Work Study (FWS) is an aid program funded with federal dollars and designed to offer part-time employment to students. The opportunity for students to utilize the work-study program will continue through either working remotely or working with employees who will be authorized for return to campus.

Yes, the university has purchased 10,000 cloth face masks for our TU community. So far we have received two shipments totaling 2,000. We are also looking into getting a supplemental order of clear face masks for lip reading.

We ask that packages sent to TU residents wait until the second week of August.

The current city of Tulsa and state of Oklahoma guidelines surrounding COVID-19 can be found at www.cityoftulsa.org/covid-19. All University of Tulsa COVID-19 policies will be in accordance with all city and state rules.

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. Course delivery options will include in-person, online, hybrid and hyflex.

In-person courses are those where a majority of the course must be conducted with students physically on-site in their learning space and virtual or remote instruction is not possible, such as clinicals.

Online courses are those where a majority of the course is done remotely through Harvey or other electronic means of communication. 

Many courses will be offered using hyflex and hybrid delivery methods to satisfy limited capacity in classrooms due to distancing. Alternative versions of hyflex and hybrid delivery include the following:

Hyflex model with synchronous live-streaming options for students not in the classroom. Students may be assigned a specific day to attend class to keep the group below the reduced capacity for the classroom. These students will attend in person and participate with the instructor. Students not in the classroom should log in and participate in the class through Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom or another synchronous tool.

Hyflex model with a recording of each class session that will be made available to all students via Harvey after the class period (asynchronous). Students may be assigned a specific day to attend class to keep the group below the reduced capacity for the classroom. These students will attend in person and participate with the instructor. Students not in the classroom should watch the recording of the class period after the instructor uploads the session to Harvey.

Hybrid model with instruction offered in-person being supplemented with additional online materials. Students complete both the online assignments and attend class on assigned days to receive the full benefit of the course. Live-streaming and/or recording of each class session is not planned.

Students will know before classes begin whether a hyflex/hybrid course can be successfully completed without any in-person attendance for the entire semester.

Asynchronous learning refers to learning events or courses without a specific schedule. Instructors provide materials, lectures, tests and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Students may be given a timeframe – often a one week window – during which they need to connect with the class and/or instructor at least once or twice.

Synchronous learning refers to learning events or courses in which a group of students are engaging in learning at the same time. If a course is being taught synchronously, students may be expected to log in and possibly participate in lectures and other activities according to a specific schedule.

When deciding where to begin your college career, it is important to remember the goal of your overall college experience. Your decision is about the next four years of your life. Starting your classes at TU will not only prepare you to graduate from TU, but it will help you develop relationships with professors, meet friends through residence halls and classes and join organizations in which you could become a leader as early as your first semester. These opportunities will allow you the chance to thrive at TU for four years and adjust to campus life. The COVID-19 adjustments to campus life are temporary, but your decision where you start college is the foundation of your professional and personal life after graduation. 

Our students’ safety and success have always been at the forefront of all our decisions and it is important to remember that the COVID-19 adjustments to campus life are temporary and being implemented on college campuses across the nation. Although the campus experience will look different this fall, many elements will remain the same. All incoming students will be matched with a Student Success Coach who will help them transition from high school to college. Through monthly meetings, coaches will celebrate students’ highs and help navigate obstacles by developing skills and providing resources. TU professors will continue to make themselves available to answer questions, discuss career options and mentor students through research. As always, TU’s class size will remain small for increased individual attention. TU also has the advantage of forging connections and relationships between students, faculty and staff because of our small size and dedicated community.

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.

TU intends to start the fall semester, as scheduled. Thanksgiving will now be the end of on-campus instruction with exams to be given remotely.

TU will be fully prepared at any point during the academic year for a move to a completely virtual learning environment should the health and safety of our community demand it.

Students will be seated with at least 6 feet between each other. Room occupancy will operate at an average of 33% capacity to allow social distancing.

TU intends to start the fall semester, as scheduled, prioritizing the health and safety of students, faculty and staff while recognizing our community’s strong desire to continue offering our students a highly connected, on-campus experience.

The TU Campus Bookstore is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Physical distancing practices are in place to keep customers and workers safe. The bookstore is also fulfilling online orders through TheTulsaShop.com. Ground shipping is free on domestic orders over $65 (restrictions apply). If you have questions or concerns, please email tulsa@bkstr.com.

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