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Post-Thanksgiving Break Pro-Rated Credit Details

Due to the recently announced changes to the fall 2020 semester, Housing & Residential Engagement understands there are questions about living in residence halls after Thanksgiving Break. We want to reassure students they do not have to move out of their residence hall when the campus moves to alternative instruction for the final two weeks of the semester following Thanksgiving Break.

To Our UCO Housing Community

Thank you for the honesty and courage many of you have shown in sharing your perspectives and experiences involving questions of diversity and inclusion in our Housing community. Words and actions that do not support diversity and inclusion, nor the university’s values of Character, Community and Civility, will not be tolerated in our community. The open forum held June 9 is the beginning of thoughtful, purposeful action focused on diversity and inclusion in the UCO Housing Community.

An initial outline of a three-pronged plan has been committed to by the Housing Department and includes:

Processes

  • Complete a review of current policies related to operations, conduct, and hiring, with subsequent recommendations and implementation plans by the start of the fall 2020 semester.
  • Establish a new position dedicated to diversity and inclusion practices within the Housing department.
  • Create an anonymous reporting platform to be implemented by the start of the fall 2020 semester.
  • Develop standardized hiring rubric for all housing positions that includes diversity and inclusion criteria.
  • Implement additional documentation in the employee conduct review process.

Training

  • Supplement current bystander and ally training with implicit bias and diversity training for Housing administration, staff and residents.
  • Annual training about university retaliation policies.

Programming

  • One to two Town Halls each semester by Housing administration and Resident Assistants to inform the community about progress, current services and policies and to allow opportunities for feedback.
  • Increased outreach to identify and encourage diversity in the Resident Assistant application pool.

We are interested in your feedback and suggestions on our action plan as we progress. This is an ongoing conversation and learning process. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at smonetti@uco.edu or 405-974-3636.

Additionally, much of the current criticism and frustration has surrounded the appointment of a specific Residence Hall Director. This individual is no longer employed at the university. Due to privacy and employment laws, we cannot share further details.

Again, thank you. Your passion in the pursuit of social justice and accountability is a testament to your care and concern for your fellow students and the university as a whole. Working together, we are a stronger, more connected community.

Scott Monetti

Director of Housing & Residential Engagement

The Residents COVID-19 Resource Guide

For the last few weeks, daily schedules have been interrupted and hours of operation has changed drastically for most businesses. As students, these changing times can be overwhelming and maybe a little confusing too. We’ve done the work for you to compile a list of resources and businesses in and around campus that are providing support for students.  

Remember that the CDC and the City of Edmond have put in place guidelines to follow to insure the health and safety of you and your neighbors. If you are unclear what this entails, visit the City of Edmond’s website for information about COVID-19 guidelines in the city. 

For updates on Housing processes, resources, and tips during this time, visit the Housing Coronavirus Response page.  

Information about campus updates and resources are maintained at the University Coronavirus Response page.  

How to succeed while studying at home

It’s all over the news, social media, and everywhere in-between: social distancing. Yes, this does mean that businesses that are usually open have closed their doors temporarily, universities have moved online, and toilet paper is now a rare commodity. What does this mean for studying? Old habits die hard, and a lot of students are used to going to the library to work on homework or hunkering down at a local coffee shop for a project. To help with the changes taking place, here are different ways to make studying at home more effective, engaging, and successful and help ease some of the stress of our new homebound realities.   

Are You Ready to #StayCentral?

Are You Staying Central?  

We know the fall semester is only half-way through, but here at UCO Housing we are all about planning! Our “Stay Central” campaign just launched and is a great way for students to get ahead in planning for next year, while taking advantage of some exciting perks like a brand new, lower cost, returner only meal plan. Let’s break down the details and help you guarantee the best housing experience in 2020-2021! 

It’s time to #StayCentral! 

When: October 9 through October 31, 2019