A new COVID-19 mandate issued this morning by the Office of the President says all employees of the university have to be vaccinated by December 8th. All employees should check with their human resources department to find out how to submit their vaccination cards. It was a press release from OU Chapter’s of the American Association of University Professors that initiated this change. A vaccine mandate not only affects the university…but the city of Norman as well.
OUAAUP’s press release yesterday noted the university remained “Strangely and disturbingly silent” by not acknowledging President Biden’s executive order last month. which requires all federal employees, contractors, and other individuals to be vaccinated.
And OUAAUP’s OU President says he thinks the university did the right thing. “They have protected numerous employees on this campus. They have made the workplace safer and it is an important step for and a victory for public health at the OU campuses.”
President Harroz’ email says Biden’s order applies to Oklahoma research facilities and the university would risk losing federal funding if they do not comply. This means all faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate student employees, part-time, temporary, and peak employees. Graduate and teaching assistants fall under the requirement as well.
OU research assistant Bren Cable says “This requirement does not impact students who are not university employees and it does not include COVID-19 boosters. Employees can submit a request for medical or religious exemption. OU Human Resources will issue guidance on how to submit vaccination proof in the coming days.