COVID-19 Update: Connection and Strength – April 9, 2020

Dear University of Tulsa community,

With more than 1,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma and 308 in Tulsa County, it is perhaps expected that our campus community has also been impacted. Five TU students and one faculty member have tested positive. As we reported in our all-campus email on Friday, one of these students became sick while living in student housing. The professor and students are isolated off campus.

As we head into what are likely to be the most severe weeks yet of this pandemic in our region, now is the time to double down on our efforts to break the chain of contagion. If you have been authorized to work remotely, do not come to campus. If you are authorized to be on campus, follow all protocols for social distancing and notify Campus Security as you arrive and depart. Separation can and will save lives.

Our medical staff are in touch with the students and faculty member who tested positive as well as with members of our community who may have been exposed. We are offering our full support. In addition, we are doing our utmost to ensure that all students who remain in campus housing follow university guidelines and public health orders. You can find the latest information about COVID-19 on our campus at https://utulsa.edu/coronavirus-updates/.

Even as we distance ourselves from one another physically, our community has done an inspirational job coming together to continue offering our students an excellent education. If you haven’t seen this video, please take a look. I hope it will warm your heart, as it warmed mine.

As I took part in our virtual Seder last night, it struck me that this is the very time of year when many of us are accustomed to gathering to reflect and celebrate. While the isolation of quarantine may feel especially painful during this season, I hope you carve out time to connect virtually with family and friends. Please stay safe and strong and join me in wishing our TU community members a full and rapid recovery.

Thank you for everything you are doing to support our students and help to protect one another during this crisis.

Sincerely,

Janet K. Levit
Interim President