President Dr. Lovell, would you implement a mask mandate at SWOSU if you could?


Johannes Becht, News Editor

For many students, wearing masks was probably one of the most annoying things of the past academic year at SWOSU. Now, with the opportunity for almost everybody to get vaccinated, President Dr. Diane Lovell does not want to be the “mask police.”

State legislation is currently prohibiting public schools and universities to force students to wear masks. The Southwestern asked the SWOSU President if she would implement a mask mandate at SWOSU if allowed by the State of Oklahoma.

Dr. Lovell: “I don’t know about that. Personally is one thing, being the president of a public institution another. I won’t ever have to consider that as long as we have executive order and legislation. But we can encourage masks, and as you said, masks help somewhat. I washed all my old masks, I’m hoping to get some pretty ones for different colors, and I’m trying to wear mine. I’m not perfect at it, and I don’t ever want to be the mask police for other people.”

The SWOSU President, who has been in office since July 1, also stated that SWOSU is a “mask-friendly” campus.

“We want everyone to know, if you wear a mask at SWOSU, we appreciate it.”