University of Oklahoma to require student virus testing
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The University of Oklahoma will require all students living in housing on the Norman campus to test negative for the coronavirus before they are allowed to move in.
University President Joseph Harroz Jr. said in a statement Monday that the testing promotes a healthier environment as students begin moving onto campus on Aug. 11. Classes are set to start on Aug. 24.
“Our fall 2020 semester will be different from any other, and throughout our fall planning, the well-being of our campus community has been at the forefront,” Harroz said. “Providing our residential students a simple and free way to complete this test before they arrive in Norman is part of our comprehensive strategy to reduce transmission of the virus on campus and in the broader community.”
The university previously said all faculty, staff, students and visitors must wear masks on campus.
University spokesperson Kesha Keith said in an email that on-campus housing is estimated at 96% of fall 2019, but total numbers are not yet available.
The university said the students will be mailed an in-home saliva test and must test negative and complete an online health screening before being allowed to move into campus housing.