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Campus Reopening Plan & Guidelines for Fall 2020 Semester

We are all members of the Mountaineer Community. Together, we are facing an unprecedented challenge with the global COVID-19 pandemic. As we make plans for a safe reopening of campus, we must all work together and do our part to protect the health and well being of Eastern’s students, faculty and staff. Please do your part to follow the plan’s guidelines and have patience as we work together to protect our campus community. This plan is a collaborative effort led by Eastern’s COVID-19 Task Force, a committee of faculty and staff from across campus. The Task Force also conducted two surveys of students and faculty to gain input, concerns and suggestions for a safe campus reopening.

This plan assumes that the existence of COVID-19 will be present into the foreseeable future. The timing for launching these events is contingent upon our ongoing assessment of any federal and state guidelines and requirements that may apply. Students should also understand that as new information becomes available, changes and updates may be necessary as Eastern follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The Eastern administration understands the importance of clear and timely communications during this time and will provide updates to this plan as needed.

Academic Delivery for Fall 2020

Course Instruction
Eastern will offer a face-to-face and online delivery options for the fall 2020 semester. Every effort will be made to offer in-person classes with social distancing maintained, as well as sections offered fully online. Courses will be labeled in WebAdvisor so students are aware of the format they are choosing for instruction delivery. 

  • Face-to-Face: Held at specific times following physical space guidelines on campus. All instructors will use ZOOM in the classroom, a “web-conference style” format, which allows students who are unable to attend class for pre-approved reasons to still participate. Laboratory activities for science classes will need to be conducted face-to-face only with masks and additional appropriate personal protective equipment such as goggles, gloves, etc., depending upon the type of laboratory activities.
  • Online: Content is delivered through the internet. No scheduled class meetings. 
  • Social distancing may reduce the capacity of students in certain classes. Therefore, based on student enrollment demand, some class schedules and/or locations may be adjusted in the next few weeks.
  • Face coverings (masks) may be required in certain classrooms and labs where social distancing is not possible. 
  • Assigned seating will be required in all face-to-face classes so that effective tracing of positive cases can be accomplished. 
  • Students should follow social distancing guidelines in the classroom. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available in all classrooms and students are encouraged to disinfect their own areas and computer equipment before class begins. 
New Student Orientation
  • The New Student Orientation scheduled for Aug. 10 in Wilburton will be virtual this year. Students will not be required to come to campus. Additional information will be provided as soon as possible. 
  • The New Student Orientation scheduled for Aug. 9 in McAlester will be conducted in person while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Additional information will be provided as soon as possible.  
  • New Student Orientation for Nursing students will be as scheduled Aug. 10.
Pre-Finals & Finals Week
  • Face-to-face classes and in-person exams will be completed by Thanksgiving Break. Note: some academic programs such as Nursing and Respiratory Therapy may need to continue in-person classes for simulations, clinicals, etc. Residential students will be encouraged to travel home, but will have the option to remain in campus housing if needed.
  • During Pre-Finals Week (Nov. 30- Dec. 3), lectures and assignments will be completed online through Blackboard. 
  • During Finals Week (Dec. 7-11), final exams will be offered online. On-campus services, tutoring labs and the Library will remain open for students. 
  • The Library will be open by appointment only to EOSC students and staff for academic assignment purposes only. No children or general public allowed. 
  • Use of a computer for college coursework must also be scheduled by appointment only. 
  • Librarians will be available for a Zoom meeting, if needed. 
  • Call 918-465-1875 or email library@eosc.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • The Bookstore is open Monday-Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wilburton. 
  • Students can also order books and supplies online at www.eoscbookstore.com.

Campus Life

Student Housing
  • Students will be encouraged to practice social distancing outside residence hall rooms and in common gathering spaces. No gatherings of 10 or more people will be permitted.  
  • Access to all residence halls and Regents Court will be restricted throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. No visitors will be permitted in the halls, rooms, lounges or common spaces. There will be no overnight guests approved this academic year.  
  • The frequency of daily cleaning of residence hall bathrooms and common gathering spaces will be increased. 
  • Dedicated rooms for isolation will be available should a student require quarantine upon a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.  
  • Residential students will be encouraged to travel home for the last two weeks of the semester, but will have the option to remain in campus housing if needed. 
  • Residential students have the option to move-in early, before classes start, to help reduce the amount of people moving into residence halls and apartments at the same time. Students must select an appointment time to schedule their arrival. Visit the EOSC Housing Move-In for additional information.
Campus Dining
  • The Cafeteria will be open with capacity limits and social distancing. As students line up to eat, they must stay six feet apart. Tables will be set six feet apart and disinfected between each guest.  
  • No personal refillable containers will be allowed. Great Western Dining will incorporate one-time use plates, cups and silverware for all meals.  
  • There will be no self-serve items available, including the salad bar. GWD staff will offer more individually packaged items, including salads, desserts, etc. 
  • Students will be allowed to get to-go meals to help reduce the number of people in the dining area.
Activities & Events
  • All activities and events must be planned to maintain social distancing guidelines and limit attendance. 
  • All activities and events involving students must be coordinated and approved by the Director of Student Life to ensure proper guidelines are followed.
Eastern will follow the guidance and recommendations provided by the NJCAA and Region II Conference. Guidelines for games and fans will be provided at a later date.

Campus Offices & Common Spaces
  • Certain campus offices, such as the Enrollment Center, Business Office and Students Services Office, may limit the number of students inside at one time. Please pay attention to campus signage for instructions.  
  • Students are not permitted to bring guests or children into the classroom or leave them waiting in common areas on campus.
All students will be required to complete a brief, online training module in Blackboard. The training will provide information about COVID-19, how it spreads, safety precautions to take and what to do if you experience symptoms. Additional information will be provided soon.

Health Guidelines 

Student Health Responsibility
The following outlines expectations of all EOSC students while on campus. This is not only to protect your health, but also the health of our entire community. Your continued support of these guidelines is appreciated.

  • All EOSC students, faculty and staff are required to wear a face covering (mask) upon entering any campus building and in all common areas on campus. Please review the EOSC Face Covering Policy (pdf)
  • Sick students must not go to face-to-face classes or be present on campus. Please contact your instructor for any needed accommodations.  
  • Maintain social distancing guidelines and remain six feet apart. Avoid gathering in large groups where social distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • Use provided disinfectant wipes to clean and sanitize your desk and workspace in classrooms and labs. 
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer regularly. Each campus building will have hand sanitizer stations. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw it away immediately. Wash your hands afterwards. 
  • Disinfect all high-touch areas in your living area on a regular basis. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
High-Risk Students
Students inquiring about general campus accommodations or accommodations related to COVID-19 for academics or housing need to contact the Office of Student Disability Services at 918-465-1810.

Procedures for Student Illness - How Students Should Respond

  • Students who have been within six feet or have had direct contact with a lab-confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days should not come to campus or go to class.  
  • Students who are experiencing any of the following symptoms should not come to campus or go to class for at least 10 days after symptoms began and 72 hours until free from fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications). This applies regardless of whether you have been tested for COVID-19.
    - Fever (temperature should be less than 100.4° F)
    - New cough
    - New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    - New chills
    - New muscle aches
    - Sore throat
    - Headache
    - Diarrhea
    - New loss of taste or smell  
  • If you become ill while on campus, quickly isolate yourself from others and CALL the Office of Student Services at 918-465-1876 or complete the online form at eosc.edu/health to set up an appointment with the Health & Wellness Center. Do not visit the office to schedule an appointment.  
  • Ill students should remain isolated from others until you get further instructions from a healthcare provider. This includes staying home from class, activities, practice or even restaurants and convenience stores. Notify your instructors and coaches of your need to isolate because you are sick.  
  • Residential students should immediately contact the Office of Student Services at 918-465-1876 to make arrangements to determine if a move to an isolated quarantine room on campus is needed. If you live off campus, continue to isolate yourself at home.  
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, the Latimer County or Pittsburg County Health Department will give you further instructions on the mandatory quarantine, as required by the state of Oklahoma. You will be contacted to provide a list of possible contacts so that they make take precautions as well. Residential students will be required to move to an isolated quarantine room on campus. Bed linens, cleaning supplies and meals will be provided in the quarantine room.  
  • If your COVID-19 test results are negative, you should remain isolated until you are no longer sick and you are fever free for 72 hours.
Positive COVID-19 Case on Campus
Eastern will follow the guidance of local, state and national health officials in our response to a positive diagnosis on campus. Upon receiving confirmation of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis for a student or employee, prompt action will be taken including contact tracing, communication and facility disinfection.

Face Coverings

As we return to campus, the health and safety of all individuals is of the highest importance. Effective July 15, 2020, Eastern will require that all students, faculty, staff and visitors wear face coverings on the Eastern Oklahoma State College Wilburton and McAlester campuses. Eastern students attending classes at the Southeastern McCurtain County Campus in Idabel and the Kiamichi Technology Center in Antlers will be required to follow the hosting institution’s policy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19, which spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing).

What is a face covering?
For the purposes of this policy, it is defined as any cloth face covering, such as a facemask, bandana or scarf, that covers the nose and mouth, and ties around the ears or the back of the head. It must be secured under the chin and fit snugly against the sides of the face.

Where and when are face coverings required?
Face coverings are required when:
  • Indoors when other people are present, including classrooms and other learning environments, as well as common or public areas such as hallways, stairways, lobbies, common areas of residence halls, restrooms, elevators, the Library, Bookstore and Cafeteria 
  • Outdoors when keeping a six-foot distance from others may not be possible 
  • In all college-provided transportation, unless the drive is alone in the vehicle 
Face coverings are no required when:
  • Working or spending time alone in a personal workspace, office, or other area on campus 
  • Working or spending time outdoors (walking, exercising, etc.) and at least a six-foot distance from others can be maintained 
  • Inside a personal, on-campus residence hall room or apartment 
  • Eating or drinking – a six-foot physical distance between people is required when eating and drinking in the Cafeteria
How will the face covering policy be enforced?
Everyone who comes to campus is expected to observe Eastern’s face covering policy. We must all work together to prevent and stop the spread of the virus. Failure to comply with face covering requirements may result in denial of access to classrooms and other designated areas or participation in programs and activities. Faculty have the right to deny a student entry into the classroom if a student is not wearing a face covering. All students have the opportunity to participate in classes via online courses or Zoom web conference technology. Employees are expected to comply with the face covering requirement as a condition of employment, as well as for the health and safety of themselves, their colleagues, and the Eastern community.

Will there be exceptions for face coverings?
Exceptions or waivers for individuals will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Students who need reasonable accommodations related to the use of face coverings may contact the ADA coordinator at ccarpenter@eosc.edu or 918-465-1810. Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at 918-465-1777.

What should I know about the care and safe use of face coverings?
Face coverings should:
  • Fit snugly against the face, completely covering the nose and mouth 
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops 
  • Include multiple layers of fabric 
  • Should be used in conjunction with physical distancing (six feet)
Face coverings become contaminated as you wear them, both from yourself and the environment around you. Face coverings must be taken off properly to avoid self-contamination:
  • Remove face coverings by the straps. DO NOT touch your eyes, nose, mouth or the inside of the cloth face covering 
  • Wash hands immediately after removal 
  • If your face covering is disposable, then promptly throw it away; do not place it into your pocket, backpack or where it may contaminate your belongings 
  • If you have a disposable face covering that you have to reuse, then store it between uses in a clean breathable container (paper bag) and be careful not to touch the inside of the face covering. Do not store in an airtight container 
  • If you have a reusable cloth face covering, make sure you wash it after each use (washing machine or soap and hot water) 
Where do I get a face covering?
Students, faculty, staff and visitors should plan to provide their own face coverings (cloth or disposable masks). Eastern will provide all students, faculty and staff with one disposable mask at the beginning of the semester. Additional disposable masks will be available by request in the Office of Student Services of the Office of Human Resources as needed.

Library and Computer Lab Access for 2020 Summer Classes

EOSC Library in Wilburton
  • The EOSC Library in Wilburton will be open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. for the summer 2020 semester. Visit the Library's webpage for additional information about services.
  • Use of a computer for college coursework must be scheduled by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call 918-465-1875 (during the hours above) or email mmartinez@eosc.edu to schedule an appointment. 
  • The Library will be open to EOSC students and staff for academic purposes only. No children or the general public will be allowed to enter.
  • Access to the Wilburton Library will be available through the back door of the Library Building only.
EOSC Library in McAlester
  • The EOSC Library in McAlester will be open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the summer 2020 semester. 
  • Use of a computer for college coursework must be scheduled by APPOINTMENT ONLY. You can make an appointment by calling 918-302-3607 during the hours stated above. 
  • Students may use computers for college coursework only. Computer use will be monitored. 
  • Honorlock will be used for test proctoring for the remainder of the semester. However, should someone need to take a proctored exam, they must do so by appointment only. You can make an appointment by calling 918-302-3607 during the hours stated above. 
  • Only current students and EOSC faculty and staff will be allowed to enter the facilities. No public patrons, children, or other family members may enter. 
  • When students arrive to campus for their scheduled session or test they will call 918-302-3607 in order to gain access to the building.
If you or anyone in your household has a fever, cough or difficulty breathing (or any of the symptoms similar to those of COVID-19), please do not come to campus. Anyone exhibiting those symptoms will be asked to leave.

WiFi Access Points

We understand that having adequate Internet access and/or no computer is a concern. In addition to the EOSC Library Computer Labs listed above, many businesses are offering free WiFi access points in their parking lots. 
  • EOSC-Wilburton (Student Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • EOSC-McAlester (for best signal, park close to where the two buildings meet)
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University's McCurtain County Campus
  • Kiamichi Technology Centers in Idabel and Antlers
  • McAlester Public Schools (all campus locations)
  • Haileyville Public Schools (access is available by digital school sign near Hwy 270)
  • Wilburton Public Library
  • McAlester Public Library
  • Choctaw Clinic
  • Vyve
  • AT&T
  • U.S. Cellular
  • Arby's 
  • McDonald's
  • Harbor Mountain Coffee Shop
  • Pizza Inn
  • Taco Bell
  • Wendy's
  • Walmart
  • Choctaw Nation Internet Providers Information

Blackboard App

The Blackboard app might be a solution to help with coursework if you find you only have a cell phone or tablet available. The Blackboard app is free and allows you to work with courses, content, instructors and other students. From the app, you can view courses items and announcements, take assignments and tests, participate in discussions and stay up-to-date on your academic progress and requirements.

Once you download the app, search for Eastern Oklahoma State College. Log in with your Blackboard Learn username and password. These are the same credentials you use to access your Blackboard courses on a computer. If you need assistance finding your Blackboard username and or resetting your password, go to the What's my Username and Password webpage.


Protect Yourself

The most important precaution all of us can take is being mindful of our personal health by practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently. We continue to follow guidance from the CDC and state and local health authorities and encourage everyone to take reasonable, common-sense measures to keep yourself healthy.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has established a COVID-19 hotline, 877-215-8336, which has additional guidance information.

We recommend that everyone follow these everyday preventive practices while traveling or at home:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning product.
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding large crowds and non-essential travel including plane trips and cruise ships.

Additional Resources

Federal CARES Act Funds for Students

Eastern has obtained funding from the federal CARES Act to distribute to qualifying students and help with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the initial email sent to students on May 13, 2020 for additional information.

CARES Act: 30-Day Fund Report - May 19, 2020 (pdf)

CARES Act: 45-Day Fund Report - June 23, 2020 (pdf)