Information for Parents & Student Supporters

Parents, Guardians, Roommates, Friends: How to help your TU students while they learn from home during COVID-19

Thank you for supporting your TU student through these unexpected times. Please understand that their mode of learning is continuously changing and very likely polar opposite to previous experience. All TU classes are currently online. Our students are not on break and the expectations and rigor have not been reduced. It is certainly a trying time, one in which we ask for reciprocal grace, kindness and understanding throughout this period of “new normal.” We ask that you consider and respect these 1-2-3 needs:

Physical Space

Your student will need a space (preferably quiet) where they can:

  • attend virtual classes.
  • study and do homework.
  • work with other students on group projects.
  • participate in other remote TU meetings and work.

With so many people staying home and so many public spaces such as libraries closed, it might be challenging for your student to find a quiet space to work at home. Have a frank conversation so you can determine how your household will prioritize and use shared resources such as quiet spaces, internet bandwidth, etc. during this difficult time. Be mindful that our nation’s bandwidth is currently challenged, therefore prioritized home internet use is of particular importance.

Time

Some of your students’ course obligations will happen on a flexible schedule, some will happen at set times. Don’t necessarily expect your student to be available when you want – for example, at family meals.

Your students’ schedules may be challenging for the rest of your household—especially if you’re in a different time zone than TU. While many of your students’ school interactions can happen asynchronously, some (office hours, small discussion sections, group project meetings) may need to happen during times that are inconvenient for the rest of the household. Even if you’re in TU’s time zone, students may interact and study together on-line at hours that, let’s face it, make no sense to you as a parent/guardian. Talk ahead of time about how everyone might be able to minimize potential disruption and meet each other’s needs as best you can.

Emotional Space Needs

Students, like the rest of us, are navigating their way and figuring out how this will work, and they’ll need support as well as some space to get used to this new set up.

Don’t forget, your students were living on their own when they were on campus. They are still extraordinarily capable people! They don’t need reminders about due dates, homework, etc., unless they specifically ask for your help.

Do expect your student to contribute to household chores like any other member of the family. Set up a shared set of expectations for use and upkeep of common spaces (dirty dishes in the sink, we see you!).

See the University of Tulsa’s Coronavirus Updates page for useful updates and information.