UCO has temporarily shifted most in-person classes to synchronous virtual delivery through Jan. 31. Campus facilities and services will remain open and offer in-person and virtual options. COVID-19 protocols remain in place. Masks are required on campus when around others. Students, faculty and staff who are directly exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 should fill out UCO's COVID-19 Self-Reporting form. To learn more about current operations, view the university's coronavirus webpage.
Personal Well-Being During COVID-19
During social distancing and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it's important that every member of the UCO community practices self-care. Maintaining health and wellness – physical, mental, emotional and social – is important.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a list of Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak.
- 211 Heartline Community Resources – offers crisis and helplines; financial assistance resources; help with housing, food and clothing; physical and mental health services; and, more.
- COVID Resources from Community Health Charities – a number of nonprofit health partner organizations offering assistance, including for those most at-risk from COVID-19.
- Infant Crisis Services – provides food, formula and diapers.
- Metro Family Magazine – lists food and meal resources across the community, especially options for grab-and-go lunches for children and their families.
- The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Hunger Free Oklahoma – offer lists and search tools to find food banks and food resources near you.
- Oklahoma Department of Human Services – houses links to resources and applications to receive services and benefits.
- Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City – provides a number or emergency, support and walk-in services in locations across the state.
- UCO Case Management Services – request an appointment for assistance in identifying campus and community resources for rent, utilities, child care and other needs.
- UCO Central Pantry
- COVID Coach: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs designed the COVID Coach app to help you build resilience, manage stress, and increase your well-being during this crisis. The app is free, secure, and helps connect you to important resources for coping and adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Customized tools are available to help you cope with stress; stay sane, safe, healthy and connected; and, navigate parenting, caregiving and working from home. You can track your mood, visualize your progress and find resources to seek additional help and support.
- myStrength Mobile App: myStrength is a safe and secure app that allows users to get support for managing depression, anxiety, stress, sleep and more; track moods, set goals and notice changes over time; and, join a community that can make it easier to stay on track. NorthCare, a community mental health organization in Oklahoma City, provides support for use of the app by providing an access code for the community. Download the app and use the access code "NCcommunity."
- Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. The line connects you to a live, trained crisis counselor, at any time (24/7) from anywhere within the United States about any crisis.
- Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
- Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center: 405-945-6215. If you are having a crisis and need a therapist to speak to within the hour, the center helps over the phone, will call in help to you or help you get to a hospital, if necessary.
- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: Visit their website for resources on how to get help within the state of Oklahoma.
- UCO Center for Counseling and Well-Being: Central's counseling center is taking calls to schedule over-the-phone appointments. No in-person appointments will be accepted. Call 405-974-2215 to schedule an appointment. Any messages will be returned as soon as possible.
Below are some ways to help de-stress and practice self-care while also social distancing:
- Bring out your creative side: spend time writing, painting, journaling, playing music, etc.
- Calm your mind and body: practice yoga or do some meditation exercises and breathing techniques.
- Enjoy nature: go for a walk outside in Edmond or OKC (don't forget to stay six feet away from others.)
- Host a movie night: Stream a movie at the same time as your friends and watch together virtually.
- Practice some friendly competition: Play games with friends online.
- Listen to something new: Check out one of hundreds of podcasts.
All faculty and staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Deer Oaks. This benefit is available from day one of employment, through six months after separation, whether it is through voluntary or involuntary termination. The EAP provides free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, prevention and education services for you, dependents living at home or elsewhere and anyone who lives in your household. All services are confidential.
Beyond mental health and well-being assistance, the program offers several resources to help maintain a healthy work-life balance. Anytime someone reaches out to the EAP, they connect with a specialist who can assist with a multitude of requests. Examples include finding child care, elder care, repair services and other local services. The EAP can also provide legal consultation, vacation planning and financial planning assistance. The perks to the EAP are quite robust, and we’re proud to offer our faculty and staff services that help them live life to the fullest.
Deer Oaks serves as our primary EAP provider, with The Hartford offering a secondary EAP.
- Child Care Resources provide recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding school closures and a checklist for teachers and parents.
- Coronavirus Resources provide information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and prevention, as well as advice on how to talk to children about it.
- Quarantine Resources include information that may be useful for individuals looking to self-isolate, self-quarantine or minimize public contact.
- Internet Resources for Oklahoma Residents During Public Health Emergency.