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Coronavirus Updates

Updates for Northwestern


As updates occur for Northwestern Oklahoma State University, information will be posted to this page and dated as to when the update was made. Please continue to check for additional information.

Message from President Cunningham concerning COVID-19 -- Posted March 12, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, Northwestern Oklahoma State University will resume classes using alternative instructional delivery methods for a two-week period following spring break. Coursework will be delivered to students without requiring them to physically return to campus. Classes may be taught online or through a variety of instructional arrangements. The period will be Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3. Campus-related events, including athletics, will be cancelled or postponed from March 23 – April 3, 2020.

Please be advised that we are not aware of any cases of COVID-19 at Northwestern or in our area. In reaching this decision,we have used guidance from the Regional University System of Oklahoma, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Oklahoma State Department of Health. This action is a precautionary step to protect Northwestern faculty, staff, students and communities.

Students leaving campus for spring break should take all required materials, including textbooks and devices, to prepare for resuming coursework in the online learning environment. You are advised to check your Blackboard and email accounts regularly.

Northwestern campuses will remain open during the two-week period with all healthy faculty and staff reporting to work as usual. Student employees should check with their direct supervisor for their work status.

New Travel Restrictions

  • All non-essential University-sponsored domestic air travel is suspended until further notice.
  • All travel for University-related business or academic purposes is suspended until further notice, unless such travel is deemed essential to the University. Prior approval through the President’s office is required.
  • Travel that has been previously approved is now under review.
  • International travel for personal reasons is highly discouraged.
  • New registrations for events such as conferences through June will be suspended until further notice. Be aware that if you create a new registration, you could bear the cost. 

Resources available for updates on COVID-19

We will continue to provide updates regarding events and other items as they occur. Please refer to www.nwosu.edu/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information concerning Northwestern. 

As always, Ranger Nation will pull together to manage this evolving situation. I appreciate your flexibility and patience during this time. 

Dr. Janet Cunningham, President of Northwestern

Additional Info for Employees from President Cunningham -- Posted March 13, 2020, Noon

Dear Campus Community,

I would like to thank you for being understanding and adaptable with the situation at-hand. This can be a challenging time, and it will take all of us working together to get through this two-week period – March 23 through April 3.

During this time, we are working with students on a case-by-case basis. The residence halls and cafeteria will remain open, and we are formulating contingency plans for students’ return.

Faculty: The expectation is that we will resume our regular work routines, with the exception of classroom interaction, on March 23. On-campus work hours should approximate those worked under normal circumstances. Please prepare for these two weeks and confirm you have the proper set-up to ensure progress in the course. Communicate with your students about which tools and platforms you will be utilizing and provide instructions to accomplish their course tasks. Support personnel for online instruction and delivery—including IT specialists, Jake Boedecker, and colleagues with broad experience with online platforms—will serve as valuable resources during this time. Enrollment will still open on March 24 and will continue as planned. Computers, computer labs, and the library will still be available for student usage during these two weeks.

Staff: We request that you be in office and resume regularly scheduled work hours beginning March 19, unless you have been approved for annual leave.

All employees: Those who have chronic illnesses or compromised immunity should work with your department chair or supervisor to create a solution. Of course, if you are symptomatic or ill, please stay home. As administration, we respect your health wishes and want to keep all members of Ranger Nation safe.

We urge you to be diligent about hand hygiene, pay attention to your surroundings, and make responsible travel decisions. If you travel to a high-concentration area, please exercise extra precautions before returning to work.

This two-week period will be a time when we all need to support each other and help in any capacity necessary. As the end of the two-week period approaches, we will reevaluate whether students will return to campus or continue with the alternative instructional delivery methods.

Dr. Janet Cunningham, President of Northwestern

Additional Info for Students -- Posted March 13, 2020, 12:10 p.m.

Dear Students,

From March 23 through April 3, we are hoping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue your education using alternative methods that will not require you to return to campus.

As you leave for spring break, please take all required materials, including textbooks and devices, and be prepared for distance learning. Your professors will reach out to you with instructions on completing coursework during this period. If you have any questions regarding a particular class, contact your instructor or professor. You are advised to check your Blackboard and Northwestern email accounts regularly.

If you have issues with any of the below items, please contact Student Services at (580) 327-8414.

  • Weak internet connection
  • Device accessibility
  • Living arrangements
  • Food availability
  • ADA accommodations

If you need to use our University Counseling services, call (580) 327-8547.

Although classes will be conducted using alternative instructional delivery methods, campus facilities will remain open. If you choose to utilize the campuses’ resources, such as the library, please use social distancing rules by distancing yourself from another individual by six feet and avoiding mass gatherings.

Services that are still available during this two-week period:

  • Residence Halls will remain open for those who need to stay on-campus.
  • Cafeteria will remain open for those who need to use these services. Hours may be adjusted.
  • Enrollment for Fall 2020 will begin on March 24. Please contact your adviser.
  • Library services will be available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during this time.
  • Computer labs are available on each campus. Labs are listed below in the FAQs section.
  • Wellness Center will be conducting normal business hours. (Wellness center is now closed)
  • Campus police will be conducting normal working hours.
  • Student Services are available for any further questions at (580) 327-8414.

All events are cancelled or postponed March 23 through April 3.

We urge you to be diligent about hand hygiene, pay attention to your surroundings, and make responsible travel decisions. If you travel to a high-concentration area, please exercise extra precautions. 

Northwestern’s priority is to protect the health of our faculty, staff, students and communities. Toward the end of the two-week period, administration will reevaluate the situation to determine if campus return is safe at that time. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 4-9-20, 10:00 a.m.

Can I stay in the dorms?

We are encouraging students to stay at home or off-campus to help limit direct contact with others. However, we understand that you may need to stay in your assigned residence hall room and you will be allowed to do so.  Please contact the Housing office at (580) 327-8546 or your head resident to notify them of your intention to stay in your assigned residence hall room. Please remember to practice social distancing and proper hygiene while in the dorm facility.

Will offices be open on campus to conduct regular business?

Yes.  Offices are scheduled to be open to conduct regular business during the regular office hours. Offices will be closed 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Will the Cafeteria be serving meals?

Meals will be provided to students with meal plans. Please see the adjusted hours and food service below:

Coronado Cafeteria Operating Hours

Monday – Friday

  • Breakfast 8:00AM – 9:00AM
  • Lunch 12:00PM – 1:00PM
  • Dinner 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Saturday and Sunday

  • Brunch 11:30AM – 12:30PM
  • Dinner 5:00PM – 6:00PM

All meals are carry out only.

Will I have access to computer labs on campus to complete my coursework?

  • Yes, computer labs will be available for students to use during this time. 
  • Computer Lab Locations: 
    • The Academic Success Center:  By appointment only. Please call (580) 327-8149 to schedule.
    • Library:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Woodward campus, Enid campus and Ponca City University Center computer labs will be available. Please contact the respective campus for specific hours.
    • Woodward campus | (580) 254-2500
    • Enid campus |  (580) 213-3101
    • University Center |  (580) 718-5600 

Student Services office, on the Alva Campus, will also have a limited number of laptops that can be checked out for use overnight when computer labs are closed.

The Woodward Campus and Enid Campus will also have a limited number of laptops available that can be checked out for use overnight when computer labs are closed.

Whom do I contact with technical issues concerning Email and Blackboard?

If I am not feeling well, whom do I contact? 

  • Please contact a local health care provider.         
    • Health Care Facilities are available in Alva, Enid, Woodward, and Ponca City – Select the link (https://www.nwosu.edu/student-services) and find health facility contact information under Student Health.  
  • Contact Student Services to notify the University that you are not feeling well.  Documentation may need to be provided to allow for class accommodations.
  • Please contact your instructors to inform them of your illness and discuss plans to accommodate your course work. 

Should I contact my adviser for enrollment? 

  • You are expected able to contact your adviser and enroll for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.
  • Online enrollment, with approval from advisers, may be submitted during this time.

I have a job on campus.  May I still work? 

  • On-campus student work will be very limited. Contact your supervisor for your work status. 

Resources available for updates on COVID-19

We will continue to provide updates regarding events and other items as they occur. Please refer to www.nwosu.edu/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information concerning Northwestern. 

Offices Closed March 19 & 20 -- Posted March 17, 2020, 12:10 p.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As a further response to COVID-19, Northwestern administration has decided to close campus offices at all locations Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20. These days will be charged to administrative leave rather than against the employees’ leave balance.

Also, Kaylyn Hansen has previously sent a survey via email. Please respond to that survey by Thursday, March 19, to help with planning. 

The J.R. Holder Wellness Center will close at 9 p.m. on March 17 until further notice.

Events that have been canceled or postponed -- Originally Posted March 17, 2020, 12:30 p.m. -- Watch for updates.

March 24

  • FFA Interscholastic Contest - canceled
  • Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series DFW Brass NWOCS - canceled
  • Northwestern Cheer open gym – canceled 

March 27-28

  • OSSAA Speech and Debate Contest - canceled

March 27

  • NWOSU Employee CPR Training - canceled

 March 28

  • Band Banquet - postponed
  • Upward Bound Satruday Session - canceled
  • Rainbow Dance Dinner - canceled

March 30

  • Education Career Fair – postponed
  • Red & Black Scroll Society Induction – postponed
  • Student Teacher Seminar – postponed

March 31

  • SGA Hotdogs & Homers – postponed
  • President’s Lecture Series – canceled 

April 1

  • Visiting Writer Series – postponed

April 2

  • SGA Meet the Candidates – postponed
  • Resume Workshop – canceled 

April 3

  • Art Society Winners’ Show at Runnymede - canceled. Exhibits will stay up through the month of April in the J.W. Martin library.
  • Guitar Festival - canceled

April 3-4

  • Northwestern Cheer tryouts – postponed

April 4

  • Fine Arts Audition Day – postponed

April 8

  • NWOSU Mental Health Fair - canceled

April 10

  • NWOSU Employee CPR Training - canceled
  • Festival of Cultures - canceled

April 14

  • Baseball, Hot Dogs and Apple Pie Alumni Event in Enid - canceled 
  • How to use LinkedIn - canceled

April 13

  • Speed Friendshipping - canceled

April 16-18

  • Fine Arts Spring Musical - canceled

April 22

  • Interview Tips - canceled

​April 25

  • Spring Alumni Reunion 2020 - canceled 

April 29

  • 1st 90 Days - canceled

May 9

  • Northwestern Commencement - postponed

May/June

  • MASH Camps - canceled

COVID-19 UPDATES - posted March 21, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students, 

First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your patience during this unprecedented and uncertain time. Your willingness to be flexible and adaptable during this challenging time is appreciated and is critical to our continued success. As the Northwestern community, we will work together to continue providing an exceptional education.

We will use our planned alternative instructional delivery methods for the two-week period following spring break. Please be aware that the need to use alternative methods could extend into the rest of the semester. Northwestern is evaluating the COVID-19 situation day-by-day.

Health and safety of our Northwestern community continues to be our highest priority. Therefore, if you traveled to high-risk areas or popular spring break destinations such as ski resorts, beaches or amusement parks, we expect you to self-quarantine for 14 days from date of your return. CDC guidelines for self-quarantine can be found here. High-risk areas are listed below. 

  • International areas
  • Cruise ship
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington (state)

If you have traveled to any of these locations, faculty and staff should contact their supervisor. If you are a student, you should contact Student Services at (580) 327-8414 or studentservices@nwosu.edu

Students (including concurrent)

  • Courses will resume using alternative instructional delivery methods on March 23. 
  • We ask that you stay in contact with your adviser and faculty members via phone, email, Blackboard, and virtual options. Do your coursework diligently and turn in your assignments on time. Anticipate challenges since all of us at Northwestern will be adjusting to alternative instructional delivery environments.
  • Remember, enrollment is open for both summer and fall semesters. Your advisers are prepared to continue enrolling via email and phone. 
  • Keep gatherings to 10 or less and observe social distancing and good hygiene.
  • On-campus student work will be very limited. Contact your supervisor for your work status.
  • Those with clinical rotationsstudent teaching assignments, or internships, please communicate with your adviser or faculty member to take the best course of action. 
  • Food service to those who remain on campus will be through Coronado Café. All meals will be carry out only. Please note, there are adjusted hours for each meal. C-Store in the Student Center is closed until further notice.
  • Residence Halls will remain open for those in need; however, we strongly encourage you to stay home.
  • J.W. Martin Library (Alva) hours will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (library has now changed to 8-5)
  • The Academic Success Center (Alva) will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ASC hours are now by appointment only. Please call (580) 327-8149 to schedule.)
  • Woodward campus, Enid campus and Ponca City University Center computer labs will be available. Please contact the respective campus for specific hours.
    • Woodward campus  | (580) 254-2500
    • Enid campus  |  (580) 213-3101
    • University Center  |  (580) 718-5600
  • For any questions, contact Student Services at (580) 327-8414 or use studentservices@nwosu.edu.
  • For University Counseling services, call (580) 327-8547 or use counseling@nwosu.edu.
  • Campus Police are available 24 hours a day and can be contacted at (580) 327-8511.
  • Continue to check your email and our website for updates regarding this fast-changing environment.

Faculty

Your dedication to Northwestern and its students makes it possible to continue working through this crisis. Thank you for putting students first by using various modalities to deliver instruction.

We encourage you to work from home if you have the technological capability. The expectation is that you will be readily available for students by phone, email and virtual options. This commitment and effort is greatly appreciated.

Staff

Thank you for your patience and adaptability with this situation. As we begin our transition, we need your continued support in this endeavor. We will all work together to operate as normally as possible. All staff work hours will continue as usual as we return to work Monday, March 23.

If you feel that you have compromised immunity or must self-quarantine, please contact your supervisor immediately. If you feel symptomatic, please refrain from coming to work during this time. As you return to work, please practice social distancing and good hygiene, and keep gatherings to 10 people or less. 

Faculty, Staff, and Students

We understand there may be faculty, staff and students affected by childcare and public school closings. We ask that you do not bring children of any age to campus. Employees, please contact your supervisor if childcare is an issue for you.

Additional Information

  • All events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. All athletic events have been cancelled for the remainder of the semester.
  • The Wellness Center is closed until further notice.
  • J.W. Martin Library (Alva) hours will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Academic Success Center (Alva) will be open by appointment only. Please call (580) 327-8149 to schedule.
  • Woodward campus, Enid campus and Ponca City University Center resource labs will be available. Please contact the respective campus for specific hours.
    • Woodward campus | (580) 254-2500
    • Enid campus  |  (580) 213-3101
    • University Center  |  (580) 718-5600
  • Campus Police are available 24 hours a day and can be contacted at (580) 327-8511.
  • Continue to check your email and our website for updates regarding this fast-changing environment.

Northwestern will evaluate the situation as it evolves and make future decisions based on guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Oklahoma State Department of Health, and the Regional University System of Oklahoma.We will continue to provide updates regarding events and other items as they occur. Please refer to www.nwosu.edu/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information concerning Northwestern. 

Once again, thank you for your commitment to Northwestern. I am grateful for our Ranger family as we work to manage this situation as best we can.

Dr. Janet Cunningham, President of Northwestern


Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 4-9-20, 10:00 a.m.

Can I stay in the dorms?

We are encouraging students to stay at home or off-campus to help limit direct contact with others. However, we understand that you may need to stay in your assigned residence hall room and you will be allowed to do so.  Please contact the Housing office at (580) 327-8546 or your head resident to notify them of your intention to stay in your assigned residence hall room. Please remember to practice social distancing and proper hygiene while in the dorm facility.

Will offices be open on campus to conduct regular business?

Yes.  Offices are scheduled to be open to conduct regular business during the regular office hours. Offices will be closed 12:00-1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Will the Cafeteria be serving meals?

Meals will be provided to students with meal plans. Please see the adjusted hours and food service below:

Coronado Cafeteria Operating Hours

Monday – Friday

  • Breakfast 8:00AM – 9:00AM
  • Lunch 12:00PM – 1:00PM
  • Dinner 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Saturday and Sunday

  • Brunch 11:30AM – 12:30PM
  • Dinner 5:00PM – 6:00PM

All meals are carry out only.

Will I have access to computer labs on campus to complete my coursework?

  • Yes, computer labs will be available for students to use during this time. 
  • Computer Lab Locations: 
    • The Academic Success Center:  By appointment only. Please call (580) 327-8149 to schedule.
    • Library:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Woodward campus, Enid campus and Ponca City University Center computer labs will be available. Please contact the respective campus for specific hours.
    • Woodward campus | (580) 254-2500
    • Enid campus |  (580) 213-3101
    • University Center |  (580) 718-5600 

Student Services office, on the Alva Campus, will also have a limited number of laptops that can be checked out for use overnight when computer labs are closed.

The Woodward Campus and Enid Campus will also have a limited number of laptops available that can be checked out for use overnight when computer labs are closed.

Whom do I contact with technical issues concerning Email and Blackboard?

If I am not feeling well, whom do I contact? 

  • Please contact a local health care provider.         
    • Health Care Facilities are available in Alva, Enid, Woodward, and Ponca City – Select the link (https://www.nwosu.edu/student-services) and find health facility contact information under Student Health.  
  • Contact Student Services to notify the University that you are not feeling well.  Documentation may need to be provided to allow for class accommodations.
  • Please contact your instructors to inform them of your illness and discuss plans to accommodate your course work. 

Should I contact my adviser for enrollment? 

  • You are expected able to contact your adviser and enroll for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.
  • Online enrollment, with approval from advisers, may be submitted during this time.

I have a job on campus.  May I still work? 

  • On-campus student work will be very limited. Contact your supervisor for your work status. 

Resources available for updates on COVID-19

We will continue to provide updates regarding events and other items as they occur. Please refer to www.nwosu.edu/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information concerning Northwestern. 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING SEMESTER, posted March 25, 2020, 12:15 p.m.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students, 

In response to Governor Stitt’s address yesterday, Northwestern will take further steps to ensure the safety of our campus community. Moving forward, all coursework will continue using alternative instructional delivery methods to complete the spring 2020 semester.  We encourage faculty, staff and students to stay at home if possible. We appreciate the collaborative effort that has been shown within our Ranger community. I feel confident that we will continue to have a successful semester in spite of these circumstances. 

Residence Halls

We strongly encourage students to stay at home for the duration of the spring semester. However, the residence halls will remain open to those who are in need and Coronado Café will continue to serve meals to those students with meal plans. We know you have personal items in the residence halls. Your property is safe in the dorms and will remain there until pick-up can be arranged. Please contact Housing at (580) 327-8418 to arrange times to pick up your personal belongings. We understand that it will be difficult to accomplish this for some, and we will work with you individually. Information will be provided, in the future, regarding refunds or credit toward your room and board.

Limited Gatherings

According to CDC requirements, gatherings of ten or more people are discouraged. All in-person meetings and events with greater than ten attendees, on all campuses, are suspended until further notice. If your group must meet, continue good hygiene and social distancing practices.

Spring Graduation Ceremonies

In light of the pandemic, we are postponing spring graduation ceremonies. We understand that graduation is a special time, not only for students, but also for faculty and staff. We are actively exploring ways we can honor our graduates and their achievements at an appropriate time by considering alternatives to our traditional spring graduation events.

Our highest priority remains to keep the Northwestern community safe. We are implementing these changes as a way to accomplish this goal. Thank you for being diligent in finding creative ways to finish a successful semester. 

Important Dates

March 24

April 13

  • W or F may be issued on dropped 2nd eight-week classes

April 17

April 24

  • Last day to DROP 2nd eight-week and 16-week classes
  • Last day to ADD arranged courses
  • Last day for complete withdrawal from all courses

May 5-8

  • Final Exams

Ride Rangers Ride!

Dr. Janet Cunningham, President of Northwestern

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 4-9-20, 10:00 a.m.

Can I stay in the dorms?

We are encouraging students to stay at home or off-campus to help limit direct contact with others. However, we understand that you may need to stay in your assigned residence hall room and you will be allowed to do so.  Please contact the Housing office at (580) 327-8546 or your head resident to notify them of your intention to stay in your assigned residence hall room. Please remember to practice social distancing and proper hygiene while in the dorm facility.

Will offices be open on campus to conduct regular business?

Yes.  Offices are scheduled to be open to conduct regular business during the regular office hours. Offices will be closed 12:00-1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Will the Cafeteria be serving meals?

Meals will be provided to students with meal plans. Please see the adjusted hours and food service below:

Coronado Cafeteria Operating Hours

Monday – Friday

  • Breakfast 8:00AM – 9:00AM
  • Lunch 12:00PM – 1:00PM
  • Dinner 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Saturday and Sunday

  • Brunch 11:30AM – 12:30PM
  • Dinner 5:00PM – 6:00PM

All meals are carry out only.

Will I have access to computer labs on campus to complete my coursework?

  • Yes, computer labs will be available for students to use during this time. 
  • Computer Lab Locations: 
    • The Academic Success Center:  By appointment only. Please call (580) 327-8419 to schedule.
    • Library:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Woodward campus, Enid campus and Ponca City University Center computer labs will be available. Please contact the respective campus for specific hours.
    • Woodward campus | (580) 254-2500
    • Enid campus |  (580) 213-3101
    • University Center |  (580) 718-5600 

Student Services office, on the Alva Campus, will also have a limited number of laptops that can be checked out for use overnight when computer labs are closed.

The Woodward Campus and Enid Campus will also have a limited number of laptops available that can be checked out for use overnight when computer labs are closed.

Whom do I contact with technical issues concerning Email and Blackboard?

If I am not feeling well, whom do I contact? 

  • Please contact a local health care provider.         
    • Health Care Facilities are available in Alva, Enid, Woodward, and Ponca City – Select the link (https://www.nwosu.edu/student-services) and find health facility contact information under Student Health.  
  • Contact Student Services to notify the University that you are not feeling well.  Documentation may need to be provided to allow for class accommodations.
  • Please contact your instructors to inform them of your illness and discuss plans to accommodate your course work. 

Should I contact my adviser for enrollment? 

  • You are expected able to contact your adviser and enroll for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.
  • Online enrollment, with approval from advisers, may be submitted during this time.

I have a job on campus.  May I still work? 

  • On-campus student work will be very limited. Contact your supervisor for your work status. 

Resources available for updates on COVID-19

P/NP Policy | Spring 2020 Semester ONLY

Dear Faculty and Students,

With the COVID-19 situation, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have allowed for institutions to make some exceptions to school policies.  With the impact of COVID-19 changing our instruction delivery, Northwestern Oklahoma State University will have the following policy for the spring 2020 semester only:

  1. Grades for all 16-week and second 8-week courses will be due to the registry office on Tuesday, May 12. Once grades are posted, students may choose to have an assigned grade changed from the letter grade to Pass/No Pass (P/NP) for individual classes by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 19. A Pass or No Pass grade will be GPA neutral, so it will not affect one’s GPA. Course letter grades of A through F will be weighted as usual.  All first 8-week courses are not subject to this change.

  2. A grade of “P” denotes course completion with a passing grade but is NOT considered to be equivalent to a grade of C toward any program retention requirement.

    1. Undergraduate students who receive a grade of A, B, C, or D may choose a P.  A grade of F may be changed to an NP.

    2. Graduate students who receive a grade of A, B, or C may choose a P.  Grades of D and F may be changed to an NP.

    3. Students in our DNP program are NOT eligible for any changes in the grading system.

  3. Students are STRONGLY encouraged to discuss with their advisor how any changes could impact their program of study and the implications for moving toward graduate programs.

  4. Concurrent students, please discuss with your counselor/school administrator the implications of your choice for dual credit at your high school.

To make a grade change, the following process must be completed by the deadline:

  1. Students must send an email to Dr. Hannaford (bshannaford@nwosu.edu) with the following information:

  • Name and student ID #

  • Class name, Section #, Instructor Name, Assigned Grade, and Requested Grade Change (P/NP)

               Students should send one email listing all requested grade changes.

  1. Approval from my office will be sent to the registry office, where changes will be processed.​

Thank you,
Dr. Bo Hannaford

Fall 2020 Semester Announcement, Posted May 4, 2020, 3:52 p.m.

Ranger Family,

We are eager to announce that our intention for the fall 2020 semester is to resume in-person instruction as scheduled. While we continue to prioritize the health and safety of every Ranger, we believe that students who have selected face-to-face or ITV courses should have the opportunity to complete their courses in those formats. Of course, these plans may be revised if new developments regarding COVID-19 require doing so.

The feedback I have received over the last seven weeks regarding the adjustments we have made has been quite positive. While we have reason to be proud of the ways in which we have all adapted to these challenging circumstances, we also realize that the physical campus with its full classrooms is the vital heart of our institution. We would once again like for our students, faculty and staff to be fully engaged, and for our learning community to offer all course options: face-to-face, ITV, hybrid and online.

J.R. Holder Wellness Center and Residence Halls

The J.R. Holder Wellness Center will open with modifications on May 18th. Details about accessing the Wellness Center will be released before May 18th. The timeline for return to Residence Halls is still being discussed.

Offices Currently Open

  • Business Office
  • Registry Office
  • Recruitment Office
  • Financial Aid Office
  • J.W. Martin Library

As we phase in our return to campus, it is important to keep social distancing protocols in place, as well as good hand hygiene. We also encourage mask-wearing if you are in a larger crowd. We appreciate the willingness to work through the results of this pandemic together. As we continue to make decisions about events and classes, we will keep your health and safety as our top priority.

Sincerely,
Dr. Janet Cunningham, President of Northwestern

 

Summer 2020 Semester Announcement, Posted May 13, 2020

Northwestern is pleased to be phasing ground and ITV courses back in this summer. With the exception of the courses listed below, classes will be in the format listed in the summer 2020 schedule. All courses that are taught in person or via ITV—in part or in whole—will be conducted using appropriate social distancing measures.

The delivery method for the following courses will be modified as indicated, and your instructor will contact you with details before the start date for the class.

Taught via Zoom:

EDUC 3113

J. Hawkins

EDUC 3322

J. Hawkins

EDUC 3932/5392

J. Hawkins

EDUC 4122/5352

J. Hawkins

EDUC 5010

Holliday

EDUC 5093

J Hawkins

PSYC 5283

S. Byrne

PSYC 5812/5813

Randolph

Taught as a hybrid:

BIOL 1114

Polwort

ENGL 1113/1114

Cherry, M

ENGL 1213

Cherry, M

NURS 3013

Collins

PE&R 1142

S. Hansen

PE&R 5672

S. Hansen

PHYS 1114

Polwort

Taught online:

EDUC 4231

Trabuc

EDUC 5231

Trabuc

HUM 4480

McMillin

MATH 0115

Meeker

Initial meeting by Zoom, with remainder of course TBD:

CJUS 4703

Rogers

NURS 4480

Mahieu

J.R. Holder Wellness Center to reopen May 18, Posted May 13, 2020, 12:25 p.m.

The J.R. Holder Wellness Center is planning to reopen Monday, May 18. Things will be a little different for the time being as we work to keep everyone within the Wellness Center as safe as possible. Here’s what you need to know:

-We will have adjusted hours.

  • Monday-Friday 8:00-9:00 AM (65+ customers & immunocompromised individuals only)
  • Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm  / 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm (OPEN GYM)
  • NO Weekends at this time.
  • We are closing in the afternoons to deep clean the facility at this time.
  • With our adjusted hours, we understand not everyone is able to come in to the facility. We are still allowing you all to complete your 20 for 20 challenge from a remote location. If you choose to continue to exercise from home, you can e-mail in your completed 20 for 20 cards and we will get those Chamber bucks to you! We will honor this until we are back to normal operating hours!

-All employees and customers will be asked to bring and wear a mask while they are within the building.

-There will be a limit of 20 people within in the building at one time. This includes the workers on duty as well. Everyone within the wellness center must follow proper social distancing protocol (at least 6 feet apart)

-There will be no access to the pool, locker room, sauna, racquetball courts, cardio and aerobics rooms. We are trying to keep the areas limited for cleaning purposes. Please make plans to change your clothes prior to coming to the wellness center.

-There will be no group fitness classes during this time.

-The only lockers that will be available are the top lockers in the hallway. We are trying to limit the amount of person to person contact as much as possible. We will have a table available for your to place your items on that will be in viewing distance.

-You MUST call before you enter so we can assure you that we are not at max capacity. We will have a large white board with the wellness center phone number for you to be able to call.

-We will update our Facebook page constantly with the number of individuals within the facility at that time.

-Please be mindful about the amount of time you spend in the wellness center. We are going to service as many people as we are allowed in the hours we are open. If you’re standing around just chatting, we may ask you to take your conversation outside so we can allow new people into the wellness center.

-As always, if you’ve been sick, been in contact with someone who’s been sick or have possibly come in contact with someone who has had COVID-19, please stay home. We do not want to open just to have to close back down again.

-Please continue to wipe down everything that you use within the wellness center. The Wellness Center Staff will be up and around consistently wiping down heavily trafficked areas, but it helps if you all do your part by wiping your area down before AND after!

-As we begin to transition back to normalcy at the wellness center, we will update you! Right now we are going to do our absolute best to keep everyone safe and healthy during this time! We look forward to seeing you!

Olivia Yandel, M.Ed.
J.R Holder Wellness Center, Assistant Director
Student Government Association, Co-Advisor
J.R. Holder Wellness Center
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Office: (580) 327-8105 

J.R. Holder Wellness Center Update - posted June 4, 2020, 4 p.m.

Beginning June 8th!!!!

Hours Monday-Friday:

6:00 am-2:00pm and 4:00 pm-9:00pm

8:00 AM-9:00AM will still be reserved for 65+ and immunocompromised only.

Weekends:

Saturday 9am-3pm and Sunday 4pm-8pm

Close Monday-Friday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm for deep cleaning

We will no longer require 20 person limit. - You do not have to call before you come in!

Posted guidance encouraging social distancing.

• Masks required (not in the pool area)
• Access to all areas of wellness center
• Hall lockers still remain unlocked
• Pool/hot tub back open
• Locker rooms/showers back open, keys available for locker room lockers
• Racquetball back open
• Cleaning before and after use of equipment by members is mandatory.
• Massage therapy reopens
• Swim lessons
• Group fitness dependent upon each instructor – practicing social distancing
• Personal training but must maintain social distancing... no more than groups of 3

Yoga Classes return to the Wellness Center on Monday! For the month of June, we will have yoga classes on the following days/times:

Monday - 10:00 AM - aerobics room
Tuesday - 5:15 PM - aerobics room
Friday - 7:15 AM outside - no mask required but you will need a mat.

NWOSU Confirms First Positive COVID-19 Case on Campus, posted June 5, 2020, 9:32 a.m.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Northwestern Oklahoma State University has been informed that a student who is enrolled in online courses, but living in student housing, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The student has been placed in quarantine, and Northwestern is in communication with the Woods County Health Department as they conduct contact tracing. The student did not attend any classroom instruction, which limited contact on campus. Due to the pandemic and following Centers for Disease Control guidelines, Northwestern had already implemented rigorous cleaning procedures and had established safety protocols in the event of a positive COVID-19 test. These procedures were designed with student, employee and community safety in mind, and we will continue to take proactive steps moving forward. 

The student is under strict quarantine measures in the housing facilities.

Please continue washing your hands for 20 seconds and disinfecting your areas as we work together to keep our Ranger family safe. Thank you for being diligent in continuing these practices.

Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president

Changes to NWOSU Fall Break & Thanksgiving Break, posted June 17, 2020, 9:54 a.m.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Northwestern will exchange the two-day fall break for an additional two days during Thanksgiving break for the fall 2020 semester.

On Oct. 15 and 16, students and employees will remain on campus for classes and work. Thanksgiving break will take place from Nov. 23-27.

We are expecting to limit the number of times students leave for home and return to campus. This will limit our students’ exposure to COVID-19 and chances of bringing it on campus.

This plan will leave the greatest flexibility for response as we continue to monitor the developments of COVID-19 closer to Thanksgiving break. 

Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president

Northwestern announces 2020 Homecoming Postponed - posted August 28, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Press release for Homecoming being postponed available at www.nwosu.edu/news/northwestern-announces-2020-homecoming-postponed 

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