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Coronavirus: OBU moves to online learning for minimum of two weeks following Spring Break

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star
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OBU announced it is moving to online learning for a minimum of two weeks in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The University goes on Spring Break from March 16-20 and will then deliver all courses online from March 23-April 3, with a decision coming by March 27 on whether to extend that period of time.

Oklahoma Baptist University has moved to online learning for a minimum of two weeks in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The University goes on Spring Break from March 16-20 and will then deliver all courses online from March 23-April 3, with a decision coming by March 27 on whether to extend that period of time.

Dr. Heath A Thomas, OBU president, issued a statement Friday, March 13.

“I pray this email finds you well. The past week has been extraordinary in so many ways, and the recent events have led us to a decision point for OBU regarding our campus. In light of recent developments regarding the worldwide coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), university leadership is taking the following immediate actions in the interest of safety for all members of our campus community.”

Heath said OBU is replacing all in-person classes with online instruction for a minimum of two weeks following Spring Break (March 23-April 3). A decision regarding whether to continue with online instruction will be made no later than March 27.

Students were advised to take all items necessary for online courses with them, such as laptops, textbooks, and other course supplies, and also were asked to check their university email during Spring Break and log in to Canvas to receive directions for online course instruction.

For students who made arrangements to remain on campus during spring break, Heath said campus housing will be closing Friday, March 20.

All OBU affiliated group travel during March is suspended and will be re-evaluated March 27.

Stay current with OBU’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak at okbu.edu/coronavirus.

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