Sept. 24, 2020: Spring 2021 Semester Schedule Change

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In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the university calendar for the spring 2021 semester will include the following one-time changes:

Winter Break will be extended by one week.

  • Spring 2021 classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 19.
  • Employees will receive an additional week of paid leave from Jan. 4-8. Staff will report back to work Jan. 11.

Spring Break, scheduled for March 15-19, will be eliminated from the spring 2021 semester schedule.

  • Students and faculty will continue classes
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July 13, 2020: Fall Enrollment Update: Extended Classroom Sections Opening Soon

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Extended Classroom Options are Almost Ready

Last month, we shared our fall class instruction options. This includes in-person courses, 100% online courses, alternative instructional delivery and  new extended classroom option for some courses. Extended classrooms are virtual seats for in-person classes where students will join the class online at the same time as in-person students. These students will have the same professor and opportunities for interaction during class. For example, a classroom that traditionally would have a maximum capacity of 30 students might now only have 20 students attend in person. The remaining 10 students would participate virtually through the extended classroom. This will help us follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for social distancing.

Academic departments have examined every in-person class for the fall semester to determine which ones would be able to utilize the extended classroom environment. We will send announcements via email, social media and the UCO website when these courses . . .  read more

July 10, 2020: An Update from President Neuhold-Ravikumar

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President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar updates students on the university’s COVID-19 response and plans for fall. The fall class schedule currently is being updated to reflect changes in capacity and delivery. An additional announcement will be sent once the changes are complete with instruction on how to find and enroll in classes in the varying delivery . . .  read more

Condemning Hate, Bias and Discrimination: A Statement from the UCO Inclusive Community Response Team

Dear Campus Community, We are aware of the reports of the assault of a local man and the alleged use of homophobic slurs by the suspects. One of those arrested in conjunction with the incident is a UCO student who was last enrolled in spring 2020. The incident has been referred to our Office of Student Conduct for further investigation. Our thoughts are also with the survivor of the incident as he recovers. As authorities continue to investigate the incident, we want to share that we condemn in the strongest terms expressions of hate, bias and discrimination. Crimes against members of the LGBTQ+ community have too often been ignored and that justice has not always been served when the victims of crimes have been members of marginalized or disenfranchised communities. We reaffirm our commitment to fostering inclusiveness at the university and in the communities we serve. We aim to ensure that all members of our community, including those who historically have not enjoyed the full and equitable protection of the law, have recourse against violence and injustice. Below is a list of university and community resources to learn more:

University Resources

Women’s Research Center / BGLTQ+ Student Center Contact: Lindsey Churchill, Ph.D., 405-974-2221 Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE)
Contact: David Macey, Ph.D., 405-974-5605 Office of Inclusive Community
Contact: MeShawn Green, 405-974-5907 Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Contact: Dene Roseburr-Olotu, 405-974-3588 Center for Counseling and Well-Being
Contact: Email or 405-974-2215 LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association Contact: John Stephens, 405-974-2450

Community Resources

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Clarification for Fall 2020 Class Options

We recently sent an email detailing the university’s working plan for fall 2020 classroom instruction. Some of the differences in the class options were not completely clear to some of our students. We hope the following information helps clarify options for fall 2020. The bottom line is that we will offer classes in person and online in an effort . . .  read more

Celebrating Juneteenth

Today, the University of Central Oklahoma recognizes and encourages our community to celebrate Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. This holiday began in 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. News spread much slower back then, and when slaves in . . .  read more