University of Tulsa Likely to Require Masks for Fall Return to Campus

May 21, 2020

Credit University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa is preparing for what’s being called a "hybrid" return in the fall.

That would include requiring everyone on campus to wear a mask. According to an email to employees from Interim President Janet Levit, TU’s board of trustees has approved several other recommendations, including private rooms for students living on campus, limiting food service to carry-out with mobile ordering options and using COVID-19 testing strategically.

"Our challenge, shared by our sister institutions around the nation and world, is to quickly design a learning experience that will meet our students’ academic needs and their desire for a traditional residential college experience, all while protecting their health and yours," Levit said in the email.

University officials are also considering a flexible teaching model with a mix of in-person and online instruction, which may involve keeping classroom occupancy at roughly 30% with physical distancing and staggering start times to minimize hallway traffic.

On-campus classes could also conclude Nov. 20, with the university moving to only virtual instruction afterward and final exams either in-person before Thanksgiving or remotely after the break.

The email noted TU must be prepared at any time to go to a fully virtual environment.

Preparations the university must make between now and the Aug. 24 start of the fall semester include beefing up its Wi-Fi network so it's available in campus open spaces and ensuring adequate supplies of disinfectants and personal protective equipment.

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