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David Boren served as president of the University of Oklahoma from 1994 to 2018.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren and former OU administrator Tripp Hall will not face indictments over sexual misconduct allegations. 

In this Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 file photo, fans in the student section are pictured before an NCAA college football game between Missouri State and Oklahoma, in Norman, Okla.
Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

The University of Oklahoma Norman campus and Oklahoma State University both announced changes Tuesday to their academic calendars in an effort to avoid another possible surge in COVID-19 cases due to student travel. 

Oklahoma’s College Campuses Continue To Be Coronavirus Hotspots

Oct 1, 2020
The University of Oklahoma campus.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

A September surge of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma is largely a result of the coronavirus’ spread on college campuses.

Oklahoma's Two Largest Universities Try To Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

Sep 3, 2020

As colleges start their semesters, they’re dealing with increasing numbers of  COVID-19 cases. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports on the efforts of Oklahoma’s two largest universities to mitigate the spread.

Former University of Oklahoma football wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, right, catches a touchdown before being hit by a Texas Tech defender during a Big 12 game in Norman in October 2017.
Katelyn Howard

The Big 12 announced it will proceed with fall sports after other collegiate athletic conferences postponed their seasons. In light of this decision, the Big 12 released COVID-19 protocols and a revised football schedule that will impact the University of Oklahoma. 


Ifechukwu Nwafor, an international student from Nigeria at the University of Oklahoma, puts away food at his student apartment that he received from a food pantry in Norman.
Katelyn Howard

The University of Oklahoma’s international students in Norman and across the world are experiencing unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with resources being offered to accommodate them, OU’s international student population has been cut in half, and some of those who remain are facing confusion about U.S. immigration policy and their place in American society. 

young couple feeding cake to each other
courtesy of Harry Lofton

I’m a journalism senior at The University of Oklahoma. Like everybody else, I’m doing my best to maintain my routines and sanity while under quarantine. My paramount learning experience has been adjusting to married life, while sheltering in place with my wife, Emily.

“Could you spend all your time with only this person, isolated in a tiny house together, indefinitely?”

How The University Of Oklahoma Moved Its Classes Online

Mar 27, 2020
The University of Oklahoma campus. The Norman campus is empty because students have moved all their in-person classes to the web.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

As the COVID-19 pandemic has halted businesses, public events and K-12 schools, Oklahoma’s higher education institutions have turned to virtual schooling for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

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University of Oklahoma economist Dr. Robert Dauffenbach analyzes Oklahoma's economy and the national and state economic climate for 2020 with KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley.

Oklahoma Invests In Quantum Technology Research

Nov 6, 2019
University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Wrobel, center, and OU Interim President Joseph Harroz Jr., right, present Norm Wilson with a replica of Lin Hall, home of the new Center for Quantum Research and Technology.
(Courtesy OU)

The University of Oklahoma is researching a bewildering area of quantum physics that could generate billions of dollars worth of technology over the next decade. Journal Record editor Russell Ray and OU physics professor Alberto Marino discuss how "atomic entanglement" helps technology  -- and how other state entities are supporting OU's efforts. 

Oklahoma Colleges Bet On Esports

Apr 24, 2019
Connor Nguyen, at right, and Griffin Williams, second from right, representing an esports team at the University of California, Irvine, compete at the Shine eSports festival in Boston in 2017. A growing number of U.S. schools offer at least partial schola
AP photo/Collin Binkley

Universities across Oklahoma are developing esports programs to attract new students. Journal Record reporter Brian Brus discusses how the market share for esports has grown and how students at some colleges are receiving esports scholarships. 

University of Oklahoma junior and Black Student Association member Miles Francisco speaks at a rally on the OU campus Thursday.
Caroline Halter / KGOU

University of Oklahoma officials say they’re taking action after two blackface incidents near campus in less than a week. But it’s unclear whether they will be able to meet some students’ demands.

Caroline Halter

Hundreds joined the University of Oklahoma’s Black Student Association (OU BSA) Thursday afternoon in a march across campus after a video of a person wearing blackface near campus surfaced Jan 23. This is the second such incident within a week. Another video of a student in blackface using a racial slur began circulating Friday, Jan 18.

Maurice Halperin, in a yearbook photo from the 1926-27 Ranger (TX) College yearbook. Halperin taught at Ranger College before coming to OU.
Ranger College

In the 1930s and early 40s, a young language professor at the University of Oklahoma came under suspicion of being a communist. Maurice Halperin taught at Oklahoma when the state’s governor was investigating communist activities at the state’s universities.


In this hour-long special, KGOU’s Dick Pryor speaks with David Boren, who retired as president of the University of Oklahoma on June 30, 2018 after serving in the position for over two decades.

James Gallogly speaks during a ceremony  announcing him as the 14th president of the University of Oklahoma on March 26, 2018.
Katie Reed / KGOU

A University of Oklahoma law school graduate who has nearly three decades of experience in the oil and gas industry will take over as the university’s fourteenth president.

The Board of Regents named James Gallogly, who graduated from OU Law in 1977, as the university’s next president on Monday morning. He will replace David Boren, who is retiring after 23 years.

In this July 16, 2016, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha waves as he arrives for a group photo of leaders at the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Mark Schiefelbein / AP Photo

Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has called for elections several times since he took power following a military coup in 2014. And he has found a way to delay them each time.

Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

It’s hard to tell when this year’s flu season will end, but a vaccine remains the best way to prevent the virus, according to a panel of University of Oklahoma medical experts.

“I think the one predictable thing about influenza season is that it will be unpredictable.  Every year is different,” said Dr. Cynthia McCloskey, director of microbiology and virology laboratories at OU Medical Center, at a news conference on Wednesday.

Amos Kofa studies in the library at the University of Oklahoma School of Law in Norman.
Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

As the number of applications for law schools decline nationwide, some universities are considering a shakeup to their admittance process.

Fourteen universities now allow students to submit GRE scores, instead of the  LSAT. Among the schools that have made the switch are Harvard, Columbia, Northwestern and Texas A&M.

Nomin Ujiyediin / KGOU

In anticipation of a Norman City Council vote to rename a street named after a deceased Ku Klux Klan member, a city councilwoman says she’ll cover the costs of the renaming herself.

Ward 6 Councilwoman Breea Clark is planning to start a GoFundMe to pay for administrative fees associated with renaming DeBarr Avenue, as well as new street signs. She also hopes to pay for other costs, like updating residents’ driver’s licenses, legal documents and checkbooks, if she raises enough funds.