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The Bellevue Herald-Leader reported on Monday that a professor at the University of Northern Iowa has promised to lower the grades of students in class if they refuse to wear masks.

There was a resolution discussed Monday afternoon during the UNI Faculty Senate, according to the publication. Biology professor Steve L. O’Kane Jr., told The Gazette he has already imposed a mask mandate for his students — lowering lab grades if they refuse.

“I have made it clear to the administration that I am willing to be terminated for my actions,” he said. “Of course, I would immediately sue the university and the Board of Regents if that were to come to pass.”

O’Kane estimated just one or two out of 100 wear masks in UNI’s McCollum Science Hall “even after their professor has pleaded with them to do so.”

“My students, not surprisingly, now all wear masks as they know there will be consequences to their grades,” he said.

Author: Jacob Hall


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