Dorms, dining to stay open amidst pandemic

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OSU announced that dorms and campus dining will remain open even though classes have been moved to online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools, sporting events, workplaces and many other aspects of everyday life are closing left and right due to COVID-19.

On Thursday, Oklahoma State announced it will keep dorms open in the weeks following spring break despite classes being moved to online. Campus Dining will also remain available after the break.

OSU decided to move classes online for two weeks following spring break because of the coronavirus pandemic, and according to scientists and doctors, the situation is bound to get worse. Many are preparing for classes to be moved online for the rest of the semester, even though that is not confirmed.

Many universities across the country have decided to completely close their campuses in addition to moving classes online. Harvard faced heavy backlash for leaving their students unsure about their housing situations, and many students were concerned about money spent on housing and meal plans going to waste without being refunded.

OSU avoided these problems.

While restaurants on campus will remain open through the next few weeks, part-time staff will not be scheduled at certain locations, meaning big problems for students who rely on their paychecks to get them through school.

Which Wich supervisor Jon Blount said to his staff in an email obtained by the O’Colly that starting March 14, part-timers will not get any hours for the duration of class being online.

“Due to the current pandemic steps for the Coronavirus, hard decisions had to be made above my head,” Blount said, “Please know that when classes resume you will still have jobs.”

Students who work full time on campus, including community mentors, have been given the option for whether they want to come back to work. Sarah Higdon, a community mentor and employee in the agriculture department, said that while employees are not required to come back, it would be “greatly appreciated.”

The main goal of moving classes online is to slow the spread of the disease. While COVID-19 may not be life or death for most students, certain people are at a high risk of fatal consequences.

While campus will remain open after spring break, it will likely look extremely dead, but students who decide to stay have options.

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