V. Masks

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in instituting its COVID-19 protocols, the University of Oklahoma has monitored guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control. Taking into consideration the CDC’s recent guidance on masking, recent state law changes, and Oklahoma’s record low case counts of COVID-19, OU has lifted its mask requirement for all three campuses, with limited exceptions.

The university strongly recommends masking for all unvaccinated individuals when inside OU's academic, athletic, housing, and administrative facilities. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to become vaccinated and may do so through OU Health Services, at no cost to them.

  1. Masking requirements will be limited to the following groups and settings:

    • All individuals in patient-facing settings, including clinical research participant areas and facilities where patient care is a primary function

      • OU Health Sciences Center programs will coordinate masking requirements with hospital and clinic partners, as appropriate

    • Transit buses and shuttles due to Department of Transportation mandates

  2. Those individuals who are required to wear a mask inside OU facilities must wear fabric or disposable surgical-style face masks that cover the individual’s nose and mouth. Bandanas, scarves, gaiters, buffs, and the like are not acceptable. Non-medical grade masks that have exhalation valves with or without filters (such as this) may not be worn on campus unless a surgical-style mask is worn over it.
  3. Anyone who wishes to mask indoors or outdoors may freely do so.

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