News and Updates
March 26, 2020: Message from the College President regarding limited campus operations:
Dear Rose State Family,
I hope you are all staying safe and adjusting well to the many changes happening in your daily lives, and across our campus.
As you know, we have been constantly monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and are working to keep our students and employees safe, while also continuing to provide quality service and instruction.
Additionally, in accordance with actions taken at other colleges and universities in the State, as well as other recommended health precautions, and following Governor Stitt’s announcement, Rose State College will maintain continuing operations of certain essential and mission critical functions with limited on-campus staff. These mission critical areas follow Department of Homeland Security guidance announced through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Specifically, the following limited operations shall be maintained:
- The first-floor open space computer labs in the LRC will remain open to students who may not otherwise have access to needed technology. Hours of operation are as follows: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday – closed, Sunday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Social distancing will be required and no more than 10 students to utilize at a time.
- E.A.S.T. (Enrollment and Specialized Testing) located in the Student Services Building will remain open for Accuplacer placement, ACT Residual, CLEP, and DSST exams by appointment only. Social distancing will be required. Call 405-733-7320 to schedule.
- Housing will remain open for students in a limited capacity. Social distancing will be required.
- Information Technology Services, to maintain critical operations.
- Operations, to ensure the continued maintenance, cleanliness, and logistical function of the college.
- Payroll, to ensure that work-related pay is still processed.
- Accounts Payable, Purchasing, and Cashiers to ensure that the college fulfills its financial obligations. Bills can also be paid online.
- Security, to ensure the continued safety of the campus.
- Bookstore located in the Susan Loveless Center.
- EmPower Program will continue to operate.
- Raider Necessities (Food Pantry) will operate on a reduced schedule, Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, with curbside pick-up only. Please call 405-736-0285.
- Division offices will have a limited staff and will continue to answer all questions via technology. However, the building will not be open.
Please keep in mind, the only buildings that will remain open are the Learning Resource Center, Bookstore in the Susan Loveless building, Student Service Building (testing center only by appointment), Administration Building, and the EmPower program. Buildings and offices will be accessible to employees who need to come to campus. We will continue to operate “back-room” operations with limited employees present, and handle student, employee and public inquiries by email and phone.
I realize this will continue to be a transition for all of us, and there are still many questions to be answered. However, I know our campus will work together to tackle these challenges as they arise. I am so very proud to be a part of this college, and to work with its outstanding faculty, staff and students. We will get through this together!
Dr. Jeanie Webb
March 24, 2020: Video Message from the College President
March 21, 2020: Message from the College President regarding classes and Commencement Ceremonies:
March 12, 2020: Message from the College President regarding classes:
After careful consideration and in an abundance of caution, Rose State College’s traditional classes will not be held March 23 – March 27. During this week, Rose State on-campus, face-to-face courses will transition to an online format, and online instruction for all students (except those designated) will begin the following week (March 30 – April 3). Certain student populations will continue normal operations following spring break. These include:
- HSC Clinicals, and
- the Dental program.
Courses that are already online will not be disrupted by this transition. To clarify, our face-to-face courses will be transitioned to online and ready for students beginning Monday, March 30th . Thus, it is paramount that students and faculty communicate to ensure a smooth transition. Campus offices will remain open for normal use. Division offices will be open 8:00 – 5:00. Some campus services and facilities may be limited in availability. Please be sure to check the website for the latest information.
Further information will be communicated via email and via our campus COVID-19 webpage. Rose State College appreciates your accommodation for these changes – we believe that this is the best course of action that will further protect the Rose State College community.
If you have any questions, please contact our Office of Safety, Security, and Risk Management at email@example.com. Thank you for taking this matter seriously, and for your commitment to the health, safety and well-being of our community.
Dr. Jeanie Webb
March 12, 2020: Message from the College President regarding travel:
Dear Raider Community,
The safety of the Rose State College community is of great importance and the College is taking a number of steps to mitigate the threat of the COVID-19 transmission. One of the areas we are addressing is travel. As we rapidly approach Spring Break, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss travel, both official and personal.
Yesterday evening, President Trump announced the suspension of entry for most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival in the United States. According to the Department of Homeland Security, this ban does not apply to legal permanent residents of the United States and, generally, it does not apply to immediately family members of United States citizens. The ban will start at midnight Friday, March 13, 2020 and will last for 30 days. The list of affected European countries can be found on the Department of Homeland Security website.
Regarding official international travel, all international travel is suspended until further notice. This policy is effective immediately.
Regarding official domestic travel, currently planned domestic travel will be carefully assessed on a case-by-case basis examining the mission criticality of the travel and the degree of virus transmission at the destination. Further domestic travel that has not been officially processed is suspended until further notice. Questions and concerns regarding official domestic travel should be directed to the Office of Safety, Security, and Risk Management.
Regarding personal travel, the College strongly urges prudent analysis with regard to domestic and international air travel. As of Wednesday evening, the United States Department of State issued a Global Health Advisory, raising the worldwide travel advisory to Level 3. All citizens are urged to reconsider travel abroad. This situation is fluid and rapidly evolving with multiple countries attempting to contain or mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, to include border restrictions and quarantines.
Members of the College community who are taking personal international air travel are strongly encouraged to reconsider the needs of the travel. Further, employees taking personal international air travel must be ready to comply with self-isolation procedures and requirements.
All members of the College community who are planning to travel internationally are urged to visit the travel webpages at the U.S. State Department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Further, the College has developed a webpage that will capture our guidance and policies regarding the current situation.
This is, undoubtably, a stressful time for the world. I urge you to use this upcoming break to destress, decompress, and relax. The College is vigorously working to do its part in mitigating this threat and will be in constant communication with the College community. Your wellness is our top priority. Please be safe!
Dr. Jeanie Webb
President, Rose State College
March 6, 2020: Message from the College President:
Dear Raider Community,
I would like to take this opportunity to assure the campus population that the College is taking steps to mitigate the threat posed by COVID-19 Coronavirus. Presently, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 at Rose State College or within the Oklahoma City metro.
In the coming days, we will be using our COVID-19 webpage to send out further information and guidance on how you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This will be through both electronic communications as well as an awareness campaign across our campus.
Right now, you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This can be accomplished by frequently washing your hands for 20 second or longer, staying home when you are sick, and covering your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. By exercising these simple hygiene habits, you will greatly diminish the spread of the virus.
Rose State’s spring break, March 16-20, 2020 is around the corner and if you choose to travel, especially internationally, we strongly encourage you to conduct research on your destination through travel advisories issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID-19 has sustained transmission in certain areas of the world and it is an evolving situation in others. This evolving situation may result in strict country exit controls, increased passenger screening, and potential area quarantines. Preparing yourself beforehand will be instrumental in avoiding potential issues during your travel.
I want to assure the College community that we are taking proactive measures to be as prepared as possible. We will be carefully monitoring the situation and are in close communication with our community partners. As the situation warrants, updates will be issued through email as well as this webpage. The safety and wellness of the Rose State College community is our priority. Please be safe!
Dr. Jeanie Webb
President, Rose State College