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SOSU welcomes students back to campus this week

Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 6:53 PM CDT
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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - Students at SouthEastern State University began moving into their dorms this week. What’s different about the move-in this year, and what students have to say about being back.

“We’ve had great success, great show rates with our students coming back to campus and really an indication that our students are ready for the fall semester,” said SOSU President Dr. Thomas Newsom.

Students like senior, J’aquavia Carr agree.

“Honestly I was ready to kinda get back after last spring. I’m very involved on campus and I kinda like seeing everyone move-in and seeing new faces so I’m glad that we’re able to find a way to do that,” said Carr.

About 550 SOSU students have returned to campus this week; about 100 a day, by appointment.

“It’s been a little different move-in process instead of the group large move-in where we have returning athletes and returning student organizations helping parents and students move in to the halls kind of all at one time. We’ve actually spaced them out over a 5 day period,” said Newsom.

The school is taking every precaution possible, and is ready for anything.

“In the residence halls we have dedicated rooms to COVID for any student who may have symptoms, we could possibly quarantine them inside that room,” said senior student Justin Cochran.

Newsom’s college-aged son inspired his protocol decisions.

“I can be honest, I’ve looked at what the college’s offering in terms of safety and security for my son and feel highly confident that they’re doing everything they can, but as a parent I’m gonna tell you I’m always concerned for the welfare of my child and I want parents to know that your university is concerned as well and we’re doing everything we can,” said Newsom.

Classes begin Monday.

“I hope that we can find a way to still have college you know, still have it to be fun,” said Carr.

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