OSU announces campus will reopen in June

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President Burns Hargis announced Oklahoma State University's campus would begin a phased reopening of campus on June 1.

Oklahoma State University will begin the process of reopening its campuses June 1 and will have in-person classes in the fall, President Burns Hargis announced Friday.

"I am pleased to announce we are planning to have in-person classes on our beautiful campus this fall," Hargis' announcement said. "Our campus leadership and COVID-19 Advisory Group are working on a variety of plans to ensure the wellbeing of our community remains paramount."

More details on the universitiy's plans for in-person classes will be announced over the summer, but Hargis said the university is taking class sizes and structures, campus housing, and protective methods for monitoring and maintaining health into account.

The announcement also said the university will begin a phased reopening of campus to employees and visitors on June 1.

"This plan aligns with phase three of our state’s reopening date for all workplaces while also considering the needs of our vulnerable populations," Hargis' announcement said. "Key functional areas across the university are actively working to provide a safe and supportive environment for our employees and students to return to campus. This includes staggered department schedules for in-office work, surveying workspaces and classrooms for any social distancing changes, securing proper PPE, identifying cleaning protocols, setting limits on meeting size and educating our staff on how to work together safely and effectively."

OSU announced a reduction in campus services on March 15 and closed campus buildings March 25. Hargis said employees who have been working home because of building closures will continue to work from home unitl June 1 or until their supervisors tell them otherwise.

Hargis said the plan to reopen relies on a continued decline of COVID-19 cases in Stillwater.