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Statement on Posts
I have learned today of online posts that make it clear our community continues to wrestle with the boundaries of civil, respectful and thoughtful dialogue. The posts, made in past months, reflected messages among members of a student organization and were racist, anti-Islamic, misogynistic, and anti-immigrant. While such comments are legally protected, I ask our students to contemplate the harm, degradation and fear words can cause. I ask our students to recognize each other including our faculty members as worthy of respect and dignity. Each of us has the responsibility to treat others with civility even within the confines of debate. The University is reaching out to leadership of the student organization to emphasize the impacts such harmful language has on valued members of our community and to reiterate that the sentiments expressed are inconsistent with our University values.
Recent Media Advisories
Update on Diversity and Inclusion actions
In February, the OU Diversity and Inclusivity Council made up of faculty, staff and administrators completed its work on a draft proposal outlining institutional goals, outcomes and strategies for diversity and inclusion planning across the University. The work had begun much earlier. The comprehensive proposal also identified action steps and outcomes for each of the goals. Read more
OU Classified as 2018 Carnegie Institution Top Tier Research University
The University of Oklahoma announced today that it has achieved the 2018 Carnegie Institution’s Very High Research Activity classification. With this designation, OU is among the nation’s top 120 doctoral-degree granting institutions in the 2018 top research category. OU made history in 2010 as the first public institution in Oklahoma to receive the Carnegie top tier research university classification and was classified again as a top tier research institution in 2015. Read more
Free Tuition and Average Fees for Qualifying Residents
As part of its dedication to affordability, the University of Oklahoma is launching the Crimson Commitment program. A student who is enrolled in OU’s Crimson Commitment will not have to pay tuition and, combining outside and OU resources, up to $8,000 in student fees for four years. The new program will be implemented beginning in fall 2019 for both incoming and current resident students who are recipients of Oklahoma’s Promise. Read more