students walking down the street in masks

Welcome back to Campus!   

The safety of all students, loved ones, staff, and faculty is our top priority and we are committed to providing a positive move-in experience. We hope the information below helps you best prepare while understanding that things continue to evolve daily with guidelines and best practices regarding COVID-19.

Thank you in advance for your flexibility as we do our best to navigate these times.

The well-being and safety of our community remains our priority. 

+ We will be back for face-to-face instruction this spring and for our residential campus experience starting in January

+ Our planning is rooted in our faith commitments: hospitality, graciousness, kindness, responsibility, and others focused

+ Our protocols are based on the best guidance issued to date from the CDC, the American College Health Association, the NCAA, and other local, state, and federal agencies

+ Our plan is built to be nimble- we can and will make adjustments as our circumstances dictate and in close coordination with the CDC, the American College Health Association, the NCAA, and other local, state, and federal agencies

+ As is always the case on matters of well-being and safety, individual responsibility and participation are required for the best outcomes

SNU’s Administration has carefully monitored the rising COVID cases in our state. We intently desire to be a people that Seek First and Live Last and in so doing, care for others is something we deeply value. We believe the SNU community can best protect one another by requiring masks in all indoor circumstances.

All individuals in indoor University facilities must wear fabric or disposable surgical-style masks that cover their nose and mouth. Masks must be worn by all passengers in University-provided transportation, such as campus shuttles, buses, police safety escorts, and motor pool/leased vehicles. Drivers must wear a mask when passengers are in the vehicle. Individuals may remove masks only if they are in their own enclosed private workspace with no one else present, in their personal living space (for those with on-campus housing), or, as more fully described below. It is strongly recommended that all individuals wear masks while outdoors unless social distancing protocols are being followed.

I. Employees (Faculty and Staff)

Provided Masks
The University will make SNU branded fabric masks available to employees appropriate to their on-campus responsibilities. Two cloth masks were provided in August to all members of the faculty and staff and to those adjunct faculty members teaching in the Traditional Undergraduate Studies academic program. One SNU branded fabric mask was provided to adjunct faculty members teaching in Professional and Graduate Studies programs per concurrent course being taught.

Masks may be obtained from the campus’ central inventory in University Operations. Disposable surgical masks are available for offices to request as well.

Mask Re-Use and Cleaning
Fabric masks should be washed and fully dried after each day’s wear. Appropriate cleaning of the mask is the responsibility of the individual.

University Facilities
Employees may remove masks when inside University facilities only (1) when alone in an enclosed room and (2) while participating in activities in which a mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating/drinking, playing an instrument, or singing as part of their work.

Accommodations for Medical Conditions
If any employee indicates compliance with this University Mask Policy is not possible due to medical reasons, they should be referred to Human Resources for an application for accommodation.

II. Students

Provided Masks
Two cloth masks (like the example above) were provided to all students enrolled in Traditional, residential academic programs in the fall. One SNU branded fabric mask was provided to students enrolled in Professional and Graduate Studies programs. Students may also provide their own masks that comply with this policy.
Detailed instructions regarding student mask distribution are forthcoming, but we anticipate distributing to traditional residential students during residence hall move-in and Storm the Campus and to PGS students at the beginning of a class period once masks have arrived

Mask Re-Use and Cleaning
Fabric masks should be washed and fully dried after each day’s wear. Appropriate cleaning of the mask is the responsibility of the individual.

University Facilities (Other than Housing)
Students may remove masks when inside University facilities only (1) when alone in an enclosed room or  (2) while participating in activities in which a face mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating and drinking, playing an instrument, singing as part of an academic assignment, or practicing and physically exerting themselves as a part of a sporting activity.

On-Campus Housing Facilities
Students are not required to wear masks in their dorm rooms, but they are strongly encouraged to do so, particularly when others are present unless they are participating in activities in which a face mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating and drinking, bathing, or sleeping.

Accommodations for Medical Conditions
If a student indicates compliance with the Masks for Students Policy is not possible due to medical reasons, the student should be referred to the Center for Student Success for an application for accommodation.

III. Visitors, Vendors, and Contractors
Visitors, vendors, and contractors must wear masks on campus and should be asked to bring their own. The University will make surgical-style masks available to visitors, vendors, and contractors who do not provide their own approved masks.

IV. Special Events and Athletic Sporting Events
Masking requirements for special events and athletic sporting events will be determined by the University administration prior to the date of the event and will be based on factors including location and size of the event, current COVID-19 data, and advice of public health and medical experts.

V. Handling non-compliance of this policy
If you come into contact with any individual who is not wearing a face covering and should be under these guidelines, you may offer educational advice to the individual in a polite and non-aggressive manner. Please note the individual may have a medical condition preventing them from wearing face coverings. Please also note this is a policy matter and should be referred to the appropriate office for remedy.

Appropriate Office Contacts:
Non-compliance by a Student: Student Life; 405-491-6336
Non-compliance by a Faculty member: Office of the Provost; 405-491-6600
Non-compliance by a Staff member: Human Resources; 405-491-6333
Non-compliance by a Vendor: University Operations; 405-491-6309
Non-compliance by a Guest or Visitor: Contact your local administrator or supervisor

Key Points of Our Planning:

Social distancing
Our curricular and co-curricular programs are being designed to ensure to the extent possible reasonable social distancing measures

Public spaces, classrooms, and restrooms will be sanitized regularly with a focus on touchpoints. Sanitation supplies will be available in all classrooms and bathrooms for individual use. In large gathering spaces like food service areas, the university will operate appropriately sized air filtering and cleaning devices rated to support the elimination of bacteria, mold, and viruses- including the virus that leads to Covid-19.

Community members need to be aware of and monitor their own personal health and well-being. Those exhibiting signs of illness will be asked to stay at home or in their residence hall room and work with their Physician or the Student Health Center for evaluation and to gain the appropriate treatment. SNU is pursuing phone apps and other tools to make consultation with our health care professionals in the Student Health Center quick and easy. SNU offers robust student health and mental health support services for our community.

Hand washing
One of the single best strategies for staying safe is to keep hands clean by washing for at least 20 seconds routinely with soap and water or using an appropriate hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer stations will be available in classrooms and across campus to ensure broad implementation of good hand hygiene.

Our student health center is prepared to do on-site testing for the virus that causes Covid-19 and for the seasonal flu. Community members who have symptoms of illness will be tested so that we can implement the appropriate care protocol. The University strongly recommends that all members of the community get the seasonal flu shot when offered to the campus.

Staff members have been trained to execute a robust protocol to ensure proper tracing of community members as needed.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
All SNU students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors must wear a face covering (mask) upon entering any campus building. We know that COVID-19 can be spread when people are asymptomatic, which means they don’t know they are sick yet. Wearing face coverings has been shown to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to others. Facemask use is not about protecting ourselves, but ensuring that we do not unknowingly and asymptomatically spread the virus.

Classroom Flexibility
SNU traditional undergraduate and professional and graduate studies (PGS) classes
that typically meet in a classroom will be delivered in a modified format of instruction.

  1. Students are encouraged to attend class in person. All in-person classes will
    adhere to mask policy, socially distanced seating, and cleaning protocols as
    outlined in the university reopening plans.
  2. Students who are ill, quarantined or experiencing personal or family-related
    health concerns may choose to utilize Zoom and Canvas learning tools to access
    class virtually, in real-time or later in a recorded fashion.
    a. Classroom Flexibility Guidance for Traditional Students
    b. Classroom Flexibility Guidance for PGS students
  3. Students attending SNU in fully online degree programs through the College of
    Professional and Graduate Studies will continue their education in asynchronous
    fashion, as normal.
  4. All SNU courses, no matter the modality, adhere to a stringent quality process of
    course creation and assessment that prescribes student learning objectives and
    measures outcomes.

Do you have questions? We have answers! Check the COVID: Frequently Asked Questions

Spring Move-in Dates and Times

complete information regarding move-in for all new and returning students can be found on the SNU Residence Life page.

Spring Semester

NSI begins January 11, 2021
Storm the Campus takes place January 13-14, 2021
Traditional Classes begin on January 14, 2021

Extensive planning and preparation are ongoing as SNU works to ready the campus, and details will be distributed to our constituents in a timely manner.   Our goal is that our students and their families will have confidence in our preparedness and return to campus with the assurance that we’re doing all we can to make SNU the healthiest environment it can be. 

Operational Plans

Our Operational Plans will continue to be based on guidance from public health officials as well as federal, state, and local government as the campus prepares to be open for in-person classes and co-curricular activities as well as residential life.

Detailed framework for Return to On-Site Instruction 20-21

Quarantine and Isolation Protocols

SNU Contact Tracing Protocol with Form

stronger together pledge from SNU
Covid pledge - details