David Boren reverses OU housing policy

Tuesday, August 2nd 2005, 5:42 am
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- University of Oklahoma President David Boren is reversing a new university policy requiring all freshmen to live on campus.

The university has notified dozens of freshmen living within commuting distance who had been denied exemptions that they now may live at home instead of on campus.

Boren says it will not be the university's policy to second-guess a decision by parents.

About 3,200 freshmen are enrolled this fall. About 350 applied for a housing exemption and 250 already had been granted. Another 62 were granted Friday by Boren. Others are pending.

Boren had been criticized for enforcing a policy this year that freshmen live on campus unless they have religious or medical reasons, or meet low-income requirements.