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SWOSU President Beutler about face mask: 'Not a political issue'

Updated: Aug 25

A message from Southwestern Oklahoma State University President Randy Beutler about face coverings.


SWOSU President Randy Beutler. Photo: Archive.

We are fast approaching the beginning of another academic year at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. We are anxious to welcome our new and returning students to campus in these challenging times. Classes will begin on Monday, August 17.


As you may know, we at SWOSU have enacted a mandatory face covering policy on campus to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in the community and at the institution. No current plan provides 100% protection, but this policy will help to lessen the possibility of conveyance from one person to another. We want to keep our students, faculty and staff safe and be able to conduct classes on campus.


The Weatherford/western Oklahoma community has always been very supportive of SWOSU.  We know that this unique relationship will continue. Due to all of these things, I would ask, I would implore, the community to please support SWOSU in this action by also practicing and encouraging your family members to please wear face coverings when in public and unable to responsibly distance. We are greatly appreciative of those businesses that have also decided to implement a mask policy.


Over the past several weeks, I have been approached by many people in the area expressing concern regarding the economic need for in-person instruction on the Weatherford campus to begin again and continue. Please help us ensure that situation by taking extra precautions as we begin to receive students back into the community.


This is not a political issue; it is not a social issue; this is a health and economic issue for our community based on credible research and common sense. Let’s support each other during these stressful and difficult times. At SWOSU the Focus Is Others Too!


Randy Beutler

SWOSU President

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