Fall 2021 Update

COVID-19 Update – Monday, August 2, 2021

In a few short weeks our students will begin returning to campus as we start the fall semester and return to a more fully-restored college experience. We have waited for this moment with hopeful anticipation for many months. However, with the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, each passing day is a reminder that we must remain diligent in maintaining safe and healthy environments at each our campuses. The following health and safety practices adhere to current state and local guidelines.

New Mask Guidelines

Recently updated CDC guidance for institutions of higher education encourages the use of masks indoors in public. Under Oklahoma law (EO 2021-16 and 70 O.S. 1210.189), RSU is not permitted to require the use of masks on campus and has a Plan B. While a mask mandate is no longer in effect, RSU supports members of its community who continue to voluntarily wear masks.

Vaccine Availability

In partnership with the Rogers County Health Department and Utica Park Clinic, vaccines will be available on the Claremore campus to RSU students and employees. The Rogers County Health Department will be administering vaccines during Big Tent Day on Wednesday, August 18. Utica Park Clinic will administer vaccines through the Student Health Center during normal business hours.

For more information on the Student Health Center, visit www.rsu.edu/shc

Reporting a Case

RSU students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have had direct exposure to someone with COVID-19 should file a report by completing the form on the “COVID-19” tab on MyRSU.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should immediately begin to quarantine and seek the advice of their primary care physician for guidelines on health management, quarantine and clearance to return to school or work.

Personal Responsibility

It is expected that every member of the RSU community take personal responsibility in following areas.

  • Practicing good hygiene and washing hands regularly.
  • Monitoring personal health and taking temperature daily.
  • Respecting the personal space of others.
  • Remaining at home when sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

The COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor ongoing developments and will adapt to changing state and local guidance.

My thanks to each of you for your continued commitment.

–Larry Rice,