University Of Oklahoma Officials Discuss Mask Mandates

Thursday, September 2nd 2021, 9:42 am
By: Tevis Hillis

NORMAN, Oklahoma -

While University of Oklahoma president Joseph Harroz recognizes masks are the university’s main weapon to stop the spread of COVID-19, he said they will not require them, for now. 

"To stay together, we must do everything we can to protect ourselves and each other," said University President Joseph Harroz. "Simply put, masking in class is the right thing to do." 

Harroz spoke to employees, saying the administration is waiting for the legal challenges against Senate Bill 658 to end before making another decision. 

The university has established mitigation strategies, including required masking if a student tests positive in their classroom. 

This week, the city of Norman is reporting its highest number of new COVID cases since January. 

Despite that, Harroz said OU has no plans to go online unless the current strategies prove ineffective. 

He said the school would consider reducing class sizes, remote work and moving some classes online temporarily. 

The school also looking into a vaccine incentive program for faculty and staff.