Dear Broncho Family,
The year 2020 will be one to remember! The metro has been devastated by an early ice storm weeks before leaves have let go of their branches for the winter. Our beautiful tree-filled campus has sustained extensive damage from the storm. Our green spaces are littered with the debris of tree limbs broken from the weight of the ice and much work is yet to be done. The Facilities and Landscaping crews have been diligently working to ensure sidewalks, entryways and paths are clear and ready for traffic. Our campus has electricity that has been stable for the past day which means buildings are heated and internet is running.
While we are fortunate to have the benefits of the hard work so many of our colleagues have dedicated to our community safety and comfort, thousands in our metro area are not as fortunate. More than 200,000 Oklahoma citizens are still without electrical power and internet and are likely to be challenged by electrical instability for days to come. All the work we have done to reach our students and help them persist in their studies during COVID-19 depends on these two essential factors.
We must recognize that many of our students, faculty and staff are among the thousands impacted by the storm. In doing so, we have made the difficult decision to cancel classes through Friday of this week. We want you to be safe and have time to care for your house and property as we recover. We want our students to know we understand the predicament this storm poses for your studies and we are pausing classes to ensure we all stay on track together for the semester.
All classes and activities are canceled, all offices are closed. Individual instructors will make any required adjustments to course content and/or timelines and notify students of any changes.
Stay safe and warm, Bronchos.