As colleges across Oklahoma kickoff their fall semesters, risky behavior among students has already caused some concern.
A shaky cellphone video found on social media and filmed inside a Stillwater bar shows students drinking and dancing without masks and with little regard for social distancing.
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The video and others, as well as reports of nearly two dozen cases of the coronavirus in a single sorority caused Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis to release a statement Monday asking students not to party and to remain socially distant.
"Attending large dance parties where neither mask wearing nor social distancing occurred showed a clear disregard for the protocols set forth by both the university and the city of Stillwater," Hargis said.
In Norman, the University of Oklahoma suspended all in-person Greek recruitment activities after reports of unsanctioned gatherings of students there. Fraternity and sorority recruitment activities were moved online.
Colleges and universities have struggled with coming back in-person this fall. On Monday, the University of North Carolina moved all of its undergraduate classes online following a spike in cases on campus.