What is COVID-19?
How does the virus spread?
This virus seems to be spreading from person-to-person. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.
How can I best protect myself and others?
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed March 27, 2020. As a component of the CARES Act, $14 billion dollars were allocated to colleges to help students who have faced economic hardships due to coronavirus, or COVID-19. Omega Graduate School has completed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education in order to apply for a portion of the federal grant. OGS has been allocated $5,092 in emergency relief funding which may be distributed to our U.S. students.
Governmental guidance directs the process for students to request funds for expenses directly related to COVID-19 campus closures. Eligible hardship expenses OGS students may have faced include: materials purchased to assist in the change from on campus to online classes, technology upgrades necessary due to the change to an online class format, and transportation costs not reimbursed due to the last minute Core cancellation. To be eligible for funding from the grant, students must be currently enrolled and eligible to receive Title IV aid.
While we wait for the funding to arrive, we will communicate the process students will need to follow to request and receive funding. It is essential that you monitor your OGS email accounts for this information.
As we await the receipt of funds, please contact Dr. Curtis McClane, Chief Student Success Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org and relay the issues you are facing due to COVID-19 and our campus closure. Providing information regarding the type of emergency and unexpected expenses you have or will incur due to the interruption of your semester at OGS will help us evaluate the best way to handle unique situations our students are experiencing.
At OGS, our students come first. What affects one, affects us all. We appreciate your patience as we work with the Department of Education to help meet financial needs of students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reporting and Disclosure – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
Disclosure of Awards disbursed as of July 29, 2020 :
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants awarded on May 1, 2020 to Omega Graduate School from the U.S. Department of Education for distribution to students is $5,092.00. As of the reporting date, funding has not yet been received by our institution.
- Under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:
- The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students as of the disclosure date is $0.
- As a condition of receipt an Emergency Financial Aid Grant, students must be eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The number of students at Omega Graduate School who may be eligible to receive a grant due to Federal financial eligibility and the guidelines of the CARES Act is: 58.
- As of the disclosure date, the total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant is <10.
- The method used to determine which students are eligible to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant and the amount the students are to receive is as follows:
- Evaluation of the actual cost to each student caused by the disruption of operations due to COVID-19 campus closures is not easily determined. Due to this, funds are to be distributed to every qualified student. Due to the guidelines of the CARES Act, international students are ineligible for a distribution.
- Only students who were actively enrolled in at least one class during either (1) the Spring Core weeks affected by the campus closure (3/C/5/Dissertation Workshop weeks) or (2) the Summer/Pre-Fall Core weeks (1/A/5/Dissertation Workshop weeks) are eligible to receive a grant. As our program is a limited residency program, all eligible students are considered to be impacted equally by the campus closure. A grant of $231.50 will be distributed to each of the 22 actively enrolled, eligible students.