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Campus FAQ

OSU is taking steps to keep our campuses safe. We are actively working with the Tulsa Health Department and Oklahoma State Department of Health to stay updated on the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 


Is campus open?

Yes, the OSU-CHS and OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation are open 



What is symptom monitoring?

Non-clinical faculty and staff must monitor their symptoms daily and must be free of any symptoms related to COVID-19 or have had evaluation and clearance by Employee Occupational Health to be eligible to work. Employees must answer no to all the questions below:

  • Have you traveled internationally in the last 14 days?

  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

  • Do you have a pending COVID-19 laboratory test?

  • Has anyone in your household or living quarters tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

  • Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, do not come to campus or your workspace but contact the Occupational Health Nurse Erika Teel at 918-281-2755 who will give further instructions. If it is after business hours or on the weekend, please email or All calls received after hours will not be returned until the next day or Monday if during the weekend. If you need medical care, please contact your primary care physician or if it is an emergency, call 911.


Please note that these questions have changed as the situation has evolved and we will continue to monitor the latest developments with COVID-19 to provide the most up-to-date guidance and recommendations. 



What are the general guidelines while working on campus?

  • Stay home if you feel sick.

  • Be diligent about washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face and mouth

  • Follow the occupancy limits in rooms and common areas


What is our mask policy?

Based on the updated CDC guidance, local and state COVID-19 trends and our vaccination rate, OSU-CHS in Tulsa is no longer requiring masks be worn on campus. If you wish to continue wearing a mask, we fully support your right to do so.


Per the Cherokee Nation, faculty, staff, students and visitors at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation are still required to wear masks on campus, including parking lots and common areas.


We are still requiring masks in the clinical environment in accordance with CDC guidelines. 



What is our policy for in-person meetings?

In-person meetings may resume so long as the occupancy limits on meeting spaces are followed. A virtual option should be provided for all meetings for those who are not comfortable returing to in-person meetings yet.



Are there any social distancing guidelines on campus anymore?

No, we just ask that everyone continue to follow the occupancy limits for rooms. 



Can I still travel for OSU-related business?

All university-sponsored out-of-state and international travel is suspended until further notice. There are no current restrictions on in-state university-related travel. 



Can I bring my child to work if they are out of school?

Please refrain from bringing your children to work with you. HR and your supervisor will work with you as childcare becomes problematic. 



What if I'm not feeling well, or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms?

Contact Erika Teel, Student Health Nurse, at 918-281-2755 or email Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and she will provide further guidance and resources. Please note, all calls received after business hours or on the weekend will not be returned until the next business day.


If it is after hours or on the weekend, please email and answer the following questions:

  • Are you a student or employee?

  • If an employee, which department or clinic do you work at and where is your workspace located? 

  • Do you feel you have had contact with a confirmed case or are you feeling symptomatic? Explain.

  • What is a good call back number?


What behavioral health resources are available to students during this time? 

  • OSU-CHS Counseling: Students may access OSU-CHS Counseling Services remotely via zoom or teleconferencing. Confidential counseling sessions for students are available free of charge. Appointments may be scheduled at 
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741 to receive help today. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text.
  • 24/7 Guidance ResourcesGuidance Resources (1-866-519-8354) offers solutions to work life integration, 24/7 phone counseling, and access to 10 free in person counseling sessions in your area. Go to  and use the student web ID: OKSTATESAP 


I'm a student, whom may I contact if I have other questions?   

Angela Bacon, ABD, MS, Interim Assistant Dean of Student Life  

Phone: 918.561.1880 



If I am exposed to someone with COVID-19, how long should I quaratine? 

While the CDC still recommends the optimal quarantine time of 14 days from exposure, people can shorten that quarantine time to 7 days if they recieve a negative COVID-19 test or 10 days without a negative test and no symptoms.

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