SU Response to Coronavirus
In coordination with SU leadership, and national health authorities, we continue to monitor coronavirus-related developments.
Directed Remote Learning (DRL) will start on 19th April and shall continue to 25th June or until further notice. Following MoHE instructions, all classes were stopped from 15th March. All staff has been requested to leave campus and work remotely from their homes, in line with current guidance and with every proper precaution taken to ensure social and physical distance, limited number of staff are allowed to come to campus in order to run the business.
If you have recently come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, traveled to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of the coronavirus, or if you have a fever and cough or shortness of breath, you must: Seek immediate medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. Stay home and self-isolate. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others. Follow self- and community-care guidelines.
If you are feeling sick, especially if you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please visit your nearest health centre.
If you have a question regarding coronavirus symptoms, exposure history, or travel guidelines you can also contact the Ministry of Health (MoH) Hotline at 1212 or 24441999
Campus Residence and Facilities
SU residence is closed, but will continue to support students who have nowhere to go. Minimum numbers of staff are allowed into the campus only to run the business, with all proper precaution taken to ensure social and physical distance. Limited access to labs, will be permitted, as has been the case so far, with appropriate precautions and social and physical distancing in place.
No day or overnight guests from off-campus are permitted in campus. This is intended to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus for our community. We will revisit this policy in light of any new directives or guidelines that we might receive.
Professional meetings with colleagues from other institutions may not be held on the campus for the time being. While we appreciate efforts to maintain such vital research activities and contacts, we should all have appropriate video conferences (e.g. Zoom Video Communications) with collaborators during this period rather than in-person meetings. For more information about these video conferences meetings, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
A comprehensive program of deep cleaning and disinfection is underway, with increased cleaning of common and high-touch areas across campus.
While the risk of exposure to the virus is very high, it is important to practice precautionary measures recommended by the MoH:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as phones and computers, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed across campus at building entrances and in high traffic areas. More information can be found in the Coronavirus FAQs, below.
Individuals who have recently arrived back in the Oman must self-isolate for a period of 14 days. We realize that everyone’s situation is unique, and there are many different circumstances within our own diverse community, and who may have family members living with them.If you have questions about self-isolation protocols — including whether they might apply to you — please contact the Ministry of Health Team on:
Hotline: 1212 or 24441999
MoH recommendations include the below steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work for this 14 day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers) and limit your activities in public.
- Keep your distance from others (at least 6 feet or 2 meters).
Oman is taking important steps to limit the spread of the virus and has suspended all incoming and outgoing passenger flights for this period. Countries around the world, are also advising their citizens to avoid any international travel and implementing increased restrictions on air travel.
Oman residents (residence visa) holders who are currently abroad and their family members and first-degree relatives in Oman contact Oman Embassy of the country you are in for inquiries and assistance on return to Oman in humanitarian and emergency cases.