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Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATED JULY 8, 2021

Browse the list below of frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 and the university's response to those questions and other important information for students, faculty and staff.

Beginning on June 1, 2021, Science & Arts will no longer require the mandated use of masks or social distancing on campus in accordance with Gov. Stitt’s Executive Order. This change affects all students, faculty, staff and guests. While we have made this change, we encourage and support all individuals who elect to continue their practice of wearing masks.

When returning to campus, all students, faculty and staff are asked to adhere to the following practices.

Physical Distancing: Whenever possible, maintain a physical distance of 3 feet from others.

Wash Hands Frequently: 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.

Stay Home When Sick: If you are sick, please stay home. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If you become ill while on campus, quickly isolate yourself from others. If you have fever, cough, loss of smell or taste, or other symptoms out of the ordinary for you, you might have COVID-19. Please contact a healthcare provider to determine if you should get tested for COVID-19. Read more

Notify the Dean of Students that you have come in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. 

CDC Quarantine Guidelines

If a student, faculty or staff member is in need of medical care, they should contact their primary care physician, the county health department or the Oklahoma Department of Health’s Coronavirus hotline at 1-877-215-8336 for instruction on testing and other recommended procedures. Students who don’t have health insurance may get tested for free through the local health department. Students may contact studentservices@usao.edu if they need assistance with transportation.

In addition to our on-campus counseling services, we have expanded our mental health offerings to include remote mental health services provided by Options Counseling. Students can schedule an appointment by emailing counseling@usao.edu.