Latest News on Coronavirus and Higher Education

Latest News on Coronavirus and Higher Education

Edward Waters U Backs Off Vaccine Requirement

July 26, 6:16 a.m. Edward Waters University, in Florida, on Friday backed off a vaccine requirement opposed by students, News4Jax reported.

Last Monday, the college imposed the requirement. An on-line petition referred to as the previous coverage a “violation of human rights.” The petition additionally stated the coverage violated Governor Ron DeSantis’s government order banning companies from requiring “vaccine passports” for entry or companies. Other personal faculties have stated the coverage applies to them.

On Friday, the college wrote to students to say the coverage was by no means meant to be a requirement.

— Scott Jaschik

Indiana U President Has COVID-19 — Despite Being Vaccinated

July 23, 12:05 p.m. Indiana University’s new president, Pamela Whitten, has COVID-19, regardless of having been vaccinated, Indiana Public Media reported.

Whitten stated she skilled minor signs and was examined Thursday.

“While the vaccine is not 100 [percent] effective, I am so grateful to be protected from more serious symptoms,” Whitten wrote in an electronic mail to the campus.

She will work from her residence workplace whereas she has COVID-19.

— Scott Jaschik

Stanford Finds 7 Cases of COVID-19 Among Vaccinated Students

July 23, 6:20 a.m. Stanford University has discovered seven circumstances of COVID-19 amongst students who’re absolutely vaccinated towards it, ABC News reported.

“As you have seen in the national news, cases of COVID-19 have been ticking upward,” Stanford University officers stated in a letter to students Thursday. “We are seeing some of this in our own community, where we are experiencing an increase in the number of student COVID cases, including among fully vaccinated individuals.”

All seven students have been symptomatic, Stanford officers stated.

— Scott Jaschik

Wofford Says Percentage of Students Getting Vaccines Is Low

July 20, 6:20 a.m. Wofford College, in South Carolina, says too few students are getting vaccinated towards COVID-19, WYFF News reported.

An electronic mail to students stated, “As of today, about 35 percent of students and 78 percent of faculty and staff have uploaded their COVID-19 proof of vaccination. At this time, the percentage of vaccinated students is too low to allow us to return to the social activities and large group gatherings that are such an important part of the Wofford experience. All classes and labs, however, will be held in person, and remote learning options will not be available. We all have a responsibility to our community of learners, so please consider how you can do your part.”

If 70 % of students get vaccinated, the school will enable massive social gatherings.

— Scott Jaschik

Federal Judge Upholds Indiana U’s Vaccine Requirement

July 19, 9:50 a.m. A federal choose has upheld Indiana University’s vaccine requirement, WISH News reported.

A bunch of students sued to dam the principles.

But a choose dominated that Indiana could “pursue a reasonable and due process of vaccination in the legitimate interest of public health for its students, faculty and staff.”

Indiana University issued this assertion: “A ruling from the federal court has affirmed Indiana University’s COVID-19 vaccination plan designed for the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. We appreciate the quick and thorough ruling which allows us to focus on a full and safe return. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our campuses for the fall semester.”

— Scott Jaschik

Michigan Faculty Favor Required Vaccinations

July 19, 6:12 a.m. Faculty members on the University of Michigan overwhelmingly favor necessary vaccinations for everybody on campus, with restricted exemptions for medical or spiritual causes, The Detroit News reported.

A Faculty Senate ballot of 1,484 discovered that 89 % favored necessary vaccinations for school and employees members and students. Currently, vaccines are required just for students who stay on campus.

Another ballot query: Should school members be permitted to show remotely if the college does not undertake necessary vaccine guidelines? Seventy-six % of college stated sure.

— Scott Jaschik

U of Hawai‘i Reverses Course on Vaccines

July 16, 6:16 a.m. The University of Hawai‘i cannot require students to be vaccinated towards COVID-19 to enroll within the fall, The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.

In May, the college stated vaccines could be required — with the situation that at the very least one vaccine was accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration past emergency use.

That has not occurred.

Recent surveys discovered that 92 % of students and 95 % of staff within the 10-campus system have already been or plan to be vaccinated towards the COVID-19 virus.

— Scott Jaschik

Ohio Bars Public Colleges From Requiring Vaccines — for Now

July 15, 6:15 a.m. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, has signed a invoice to bar public faculties and universities from requiring the COVID-19 vaccines till the U.S. U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides remaining approval to them, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The FDA has licensed the vaccines underneath emergency guidelines.

“We are confident the three main COVID vaccines — the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — will receive full FDA approval,” stated DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney.

— Scott Jaschik

Boston College Faces Uproar Over Denying Vaccine Exemptions

July 13, 6:16 a.m. Boston College is going through an uproar from some Roman Catholic students and fogeys over its denial of exemptions to those that are not looking for COVID-19 vaccines as a result of some analysis on the vaccines concerned fetal tissue from fetuses aborted years in the past, The Boston Herald reported.

“I’m disgusted. You’re allowed to use your conscience as a Catholic,” stated Stephanie Grimes, a father or mother. “On so many levels BC is wrong. They need to back down.”

Boston College, a Catholic establishment, defends its coverage — the precise vaccines don’t include any fetal tissue. Further, a spokesman famous that Pope Francis has stated, “I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.”

— Scott Jaschik

U of New Mexico Won’t Require Vaccine

July 12, 6:15 a.m. The University of New Mexico won’t require vaccinations towards COVID-19, regardless of earlier proposing a requirement.

“UNM’s approach is going to be strongly encouraging vaccination for all and doing everything we can to get every Lobo fully vaccinated. We must recognize that the vaccine is still under emergency use authorization by the FDA and some of our Lobos need accommodation, so we will not require it during the fall semester, but we are trusting in the responsibility we have to ourselves, our families and communities, to get as many people as possible vaccinated at UNM,” stated an electronic mail from Garnett S. Stokes, the president.

The Associated Press reported that the college had earlier proposed a vaccine requirement and launched a draft coverage.

— Scott Jaschik

Community College Lifts Vaccine Mandate

July 9, 6:17 a.m. San Joaquin Delta College, a neighborhood faculty in California, has lifted a requirement that students get vaccinated towards COVID-19, KCRA News reported.

“The board continues to highly encourage students, faculty, and staff to get their vaccines. In order to further encourage our students to get vaccinated, the board voted to provide free access to textbooks for all fall semester students who provide a record of vaccination,” the school stated in a Facebook publish.

The faculty is constant a masks mandate and social distancing.

— Scott Jaschik

Maryland Offers $50,000 to twenty for Getting Vaccine

July 8, 6:20 a.m. Twenty Maryland residents aged 12 and 17 will obtain $50,000 faculty scholarships if they’re vaccinated towards COVID-19, Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, introduced Wednesday, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“If any of our 12- to 17-year-olds or their parents needed another good reason, then now they can get vaccinated for a chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship,” Hogan stated.

A sequence of drawings will choose the winners.

— Scott Jaschik

College’s Faculty Members Want Vaccine Requirement; Trustees Decline to Impose One

July 6, 6:15 a.m. Faculty members at Santa Barbara City College are demanding that in-person lessons within the fall transfer to on-line as a result of the Board of Trustees won’t require students and college members to get vaccines, The Santa Barbara Independent reported.

The Academic Senate, the Faculty Association and the California School Employees Association have requested the requirement.

But the board voted it down, 4 to 3.

— Scott Jaschik

SUNY, Unions Reach Agreement on Testing

July 2, 4:25 a.m. The State University of New York has reached agreements with 4 unions within the system — United University Professions, New York State Public Employees Federation, New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, and the Police Benevolent Association of New York State — to proceed COVID-19 testing by way of the remainder of 2021.

But the agreements differentiate between those that have been vaccinated and people who haven’t. Those who haven’t been vaccinated shall be required to be examined weekly.

“Fully vaccinated employees who voluntarily provide confirmation of vaccination shall be tested much less frequently and on a sampling basis to monitor for breakthrough infections. Frequency of testing for fully vaccinated employees shall be determined at the campus-level, after consultation with local union representatives,” the college stated.

— Scott Jaschik

8 Players on N.C. State Baseball Team Have COVID-19

June 30, 6:10 a.m. Eight gamers on the North Carolina State University baseball group have COVID-19, the college introduced Tuesday, Sports Illustrated reported.

Over the weekend, the National Collegiate Athletic Association dominated that NC State wasn’t eligible for the College World Series due to COVID-19, however the NCAA didn’t say what number of gamers had the coronavirus. Some NC State gamers criticized the choice.

Chancellor Randy Woodson stated, “We understand the gravity of eight players testing positive and the fact that this was the Delta variant, which is super contagious and is quickly emerging in the country as potentially another wave of infection. So we understand. That’s of concern.”

— Scott Jaschik

NCAA Rules NC State Out of College World Series

June 28, 6:09 a.m. The National Collegiate Athletic Association dominated that North Carolina State University couldn’t play towards Vanderbilt University for a spot within the College World Series.

The NCAA stated, “The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee has declared the Vanderbilt-NC State Men’s College World Series game scheduled for Saturday, June 26 at 1 p.m. Central time a no-contest because of COVID-19 protocols. This decision was made based on the recommendation of the Championship Medical Team and the Douglas County Health Department. As a result, Vanderbilt will advance to the CWS Finals. The NCAA and the committee regret that NC State’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to continue in the championship in which they earned the right to participate. Because of privacy issues, we cannot provide further details.”

North Carolina State gamers criticized the choice. Matt Willadsen stated on Twitter, “Will never forget this feeling. Our coaching staff deserve better. Us players deserve better. Our fans deserve better. Everyone that believed in us deserve better. We all deserve better. @NCAACWS you have ruined the biggest moment of our player’s lives so far. What a joke.”

— Scott Jaschik

Nebraska Offers Incentives to Vaccinate

June 25, 6:16 a.m. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln is providing incentives to get vaccinated towards COVID-19 and to supply details about one’s vaccination for the college’s database.

Each week, one school member will obtain one reserved (named) parking spot for one yr, Husker soccer season tickets or Husker volleyball tickets, amongst different prizes. And one student will obtain a weekly prize corresponding to a sensible watch or weekly free Dairy Store ice cream to 2 folks for the tutorial yr.

The grand prize for students is 5 prizes price one yr of resident undergraduate tuition and costs ($9,872). And for workers, a visit for 2 to Ireland to look at the Huskers play soccer towards Northwestern University in Dublin in August 2022.

— Scott Jaschik

Indiana U of Pennsylvania to Require Masks in Class

June 23, 6:18 a.m. Indiana University of Pennsylvania would require face masks in lessons this fall, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

A message to students from the college stated, “Here’s why we’re asking everyone to mask up indoors: State System universities like IUP are not legally permitted to require COVID vaccinations or ask about the vaccination status of students or employees. Because we won’t know the vaccination rate on campus — and we don’t have space inside our classrooms for social distancing — we are requiring masks to keep everyone safe.”

— Scott Jaschik

Indiana U Sued Over COVID-19 Requirement

June 22, 6:14 a.m. Indiana University is being sued by eight students who say its COVID-19 vaccination requirement violates the “14h Amendment, which includes rights of personal autonomy and bodily integrity and the right to reject medical treatment, and Indiana’s recently passed vaccine passport law,” The Indianapolis Star reported.

The requirement — which applies to all IU campuses — was revised after the state’s legal professional common issued an opinion towards it. The requirement is in place, however students not should submit documentation to indicate that they’ve been vaccinated.

“The university is confident it will prevail in this case,” stated Chuck Carney, a college spokesman. “Following release of the Indiana attorney general’s opinion, our process was revised, with uploading proof of vaccination no longer required. The attorney general’s opinion affirmed our right to require the vaccine.”

— Scott Jaschik

Michigan Lifts Most Rules for the Vaccinated

June 21, 6:12 a.m. The University of Michigan has lifted most guidelines imposed underneath the pandemic — if folks have been vaccinated towards COVID-19, MLive reported.

Effective right now, they not must put on face masks or socially distance on the campus. The system requires folks to submit info on their vaccine standing for verification.

— Scott Jaschik

Arizona Governor Bars Public Colleges From Testing or Mask Requirements

June 16, 6:12 a.m. Arizona governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, has issued an government order barring public universities or neighborhood faculties within the state from requiring students to get the COVID-19 vaccination, to be examined for COVID-19 or to put on masks.

“The vaccine works, and we encourage Arizonans to take it. But it is a choice and we need to keep it that way,” stated Ducey.

The governor criticized Arizona State University for requiring vaccination — or sporting a masks and being examined usually. The University of Arizona has the same coverage.

— Scott Jaschik

U of Minnesota Won’t Require Vaccines

June 15, 6:17 a.m. The University of Minnesota will encourage however not require anybody to be vaccinated for the autumn at any of the system’s campuses.

Joan Gabel, the system president, wrote that she was happy with the progress of the state’s residents at getting the vaccine, and he or she inspired folks to get vaccinated.

“Many members of the university community have already answered the call. A survey of Twin Cities students, faculty and staff conducted in May showed 96 percent of respondents had received at least one vaccine dose or reported plans to be vaccinated, while 84 percent reported they were fully vaccinated. This is a great start that I hope is embraced across all our campus communities, and is also an important factor in assessing our safety and the safety of those we care for,” Gabel stated.

— Scott Jaschik

Kentucky Changes COVID-19 Policies

June 14, 6:14 a.m. The University of Kentucky has modified its COVID-19 polices, WDRB News reported.

People who’re absolutely vaccinated will not be required to put on a masks in out of doors areas or inside UK property apart from health-care services.

“In other words, individuals who are not vaccinated will be required to wear a mask or face covering when inside any campus facility, including recreation facilities,” steerage from the college says. “Individuals who should not vaccinated additionally ought to put on a masks exterior if they’re close to different folks.

“The best path forward, especially to maximize the safety of you and others, and to be able to take full advantage of all campus resources and privileges is to GET VACCINATED.”

— Scott Jaschik

Student Mental Health Is Worse During COVID-19

June 11, 6:17 a.m. Another research has discovered that student psychological well being worsened through the pandemic, The Washington Post reported.

In the research, researchers tracked 217 students who have been freshmen in 2017.

Prior to the pandemic, students’ stress ranges rose and fell, normally in tandem with midterm and remaining exams. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, charges of despair and anxiousness have soared.

— Scott Jaschik

Rhodes to Charge Unvaccinated Students $1,500 a Semester

June 10, 6:20 a.m. Rhodes College will cost students who should not vaccinated towards COVID-19 a $1,500 payment per semester, The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.

The charges will cowl testing prices.

“A campus-wide commitment to vaccination will mean that we can move towards full capacity and reduced masking allowing for the intentional in-person campus life experience that we all love about Rhodes,” stated Meghan Harte Weyant, vice chairman for student life. “We hope our students will choose to be vaccinated to keep themselves, our campus and community safe.”

— Scott Jaschik

Marquette to Require Students to Get Vaccines

June 8, 6:18 a.m. Marquette University introduced that it could require students to be vaccinated towards COVID-19, The Wisconsin State Journal reported.

It is the third Wisconsin personal establishment to require the vaccines. Beloit College and Lawrence University have additionally completed so.

The University of Wisconsin system just isn’t requiring vaccines at the moment. Last week, Republicans held a listening to on a invoice that may ban UW campuses and state technical faculties from requiring vaccines or mandating testing as a situation of being on campus.

— Scott Jaschik

Stetson Offers Vaccinated Students Chance to Win Free Tuition

June 7, 6:06 a.m. Stetson University, a non-public establishment in Florida, is giving two undergraduate students full tuition for one yr as a part of a COVID-19 vaccination incentive program.

Undergraduate students who present proof of vaccination towards COVID-19 by July 25 shall be eligible for a drawing to win one among two one-year, full-tuition awards. Vaccinated undergraduate and graduate students can even be eligible to win a $1,000 award in one among eight weekly drawings Stetson is internet hosting between June 11 and July 30. To be eligible for the drawings, students have to be attending lessons in particular person and be enrolled full-time.

Stetson’s purpose is for 70 to 80 % of its inhabitants to be vaccinated towards COVID-19. As of Friday, 28 % of members of the college neighborhood had reported to Stetson they have been absolutely vaccinated.

— Elizabeth Redden

LSU Faculty Demand COVID-19 Vaccine Rule

June 3, 6:20 a.m. The Faculty Council at Louisiana State University has handed a decision calling for the college to require all students to be vaccinated by the autumn.

Kevin Cope, a college member, instructed WWL News, “It has not been clear to the administration the depth at which the faculty feels anxiety or concern about the situation on campus.”

However, state legal professional common Jeff Landry despatched a letter to college leaders saying a mandate would violate state and federal legal guidelines.

— Scott Jaschik

Indiana U Will Require Vaccination, however Not Proof

June 2, 6:19 a.m. Indiana University on Monday introduced that it’ll preserve a vaccine requirement introduced final month to struggle COVID-19, however it would drop a requirement that students and staff present proof that they’ve been vaccinated.

“As part of the accelerated exemption process, those receiving the vaccine are no longer required to upload documentation,” the college announcement stated. “Instead, they can certify their status as part of a simple attestation form that will be available on June 2. Special incentives will be offered to those opting to upload documentation, as well. Details on the incentive program will be announced later this week.”

The legal professional common of Indiana final week stated the college couldn’t require folks to submit proof that they’ve been vaccinated.

— Scott Jaschik

Catholic U Is Only College in D.C. Without Vaccine Requirement

June 1, 6:15 a.m. Catholic University of America is the one faculty in Washington with out a vaccine requirement, The Washington Post reported.

John Garvey, the college’s president, stated he believes most individuals on campus will get vaccinated on their very own earlier than the autumn semester begins. “We found that 70 percent of the community had already been vaccinated with at least one shot, and this was nearly a month ago,” stated Garvey, referencing a latest universitywide survey. “It was clear we would get to 80, 85 percent in a couple of months.”

But some students are pushing for a requirement. “I think it’s too big of a risk to not look into enforcing it,” stated Nathan Highley, a rising senior. “When students are participating in the community, going to stores, going to restaurants, it puts those unvaccinated and elderly members of the community at risk.”

— Scott Jaschik

Indiana U Responds to Attorney General

May 28, 6:15 a.m. Indiana University responded Thursday to a ruling by Attorney General Todd Rokita that the establishment might require all students, school members and different staff to get vaccinated towards COVID-19, however not require them to exhibit that they’ve been vaccinated.

A spokesman instructed WANE News, “Indiana University is requiring the COVID-19 vaccine because it’s the only way the university can confidently return to the experiences and traditions our students, faculty and staff have told us are important to them: in-person classes, more in-person events and a more typical university experience. In yesterday’s opinion, the attorney general affirmed that it is legal for us to require a vaccine, including one under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). His opinion questioned specifically the manner in which we gathered proof of vaccination. Although we disagree with that portion of his opinion, we will further consider our process for verifying the requirement.”

— Scott Jaschik

Indiana Attorney General Says IU May Not Require Proof of Vaccination

May 27, 6:16 a.m. Todd Rokita, the legal professional common of Indiana, has dominated that Indiana University could not require students, school members and different staff on the college’s campuses to exhibit that they’ve been vaccinated towards COVID-19.

The requirement of proof violates a brand new state regulation towards any unit of state authorities requiring an “immunization passport,” Rokita stated.

However, the brand new regulation doesn’t ban Indiana University from requiring vaccination, he stated.

The new regulation “only prohibits public universities from requiring proof of the COVID-19 vaccine; it does not prohibit them from requiring the vaccination itself,” Rokita stated.

— Scott Jaschik

North Carolina Governor Will Use COVID-19 Funds for Student Aid

May 26, 6:17 a.m. North Carolina governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, has directed that $51.4 million in COVID-19 reduction funds from the federal authorities be used for student entry to increased schooling.

The funds will primarily assist neighborhood faculty students. Cooper will create the Longleaf Commitment program with $31.5 million to ensure that graduating highschool seniors from low- and middle-income households obtain at the very least $2,800 in federal and state grants to cowl tuition and most charges at any of the state’s 58 neighborhood faculties.

The governor can even spend $5 million to help psychological well being initiatives at state postsecondary establishments.

— Scott Jaschik

Tulane to Pay $500 to Employees Who Get Vaccinated

May 25, 6:20 a.m. Tulane University introduced that it’ll pay $500 to staff who present that they’re fully vaccinated towards COVID-19, 4WWL News reported.

Michael A. Fitts, president of Tulane, stated that presently, 66 % of college and employees have reported their COVID-19 vaccination. The college desires to succeed in 90 % by July 31. Part-time staff could obtain $250.

Students are required to get the vaccine.

— Scott Jaschik

Indiana U to Require Vaccine

May 24, 6:16 a.m. All students, school members and different staff in any respect Indiana University campuses shall be required to get the COVID-19 vaccinations earlier than the autumn semester begins.

The transfer is comparatively uncommon for a public college in a conservative state.

“This new requirement will allow the university to lift most restrictions on masking and physical distancing this fall. Knowing that the vast majority of the IU community is vaccinated is the only way the university can confidently return to in-person classes, more in-person events and a more typical university experience,” stated an announcement from the college.

— Scott Jaschik

Washington State Public Four-Year Colleges Go Test Optional, Permanently

May 21, 6:18 a.m. Public four-year faculties in Washington State have gone check non-compulsory, completely.

“The decision to move to permanent test-optional policies reaffirm our sector’s commitment to reduce barriers for students. Further, as we enter a period of post-COVID-19 recovery, we continue our commitment to learn from this historic challenge and embrace long-term changes that best serve our students and state,” stated a joint assertion from the provosts or vice chairman of educational affairs of the eight universities.

They are Central Washington, Eastern Washington, Washington State and Western Washington Universities, Evergreen State College and the Universities of Washington at Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma.

— Scott Jaschik

Penn Health to Require Employee Vaccinations

May 20, 6:16 a.m. The University of Pennsylvania Health System, “to set an example for those who remain hesitant,” would require all staff to be vaccinated, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Most main employers within the space are encouraging however not requiring vaccinations.

That contains the University of Pennsylvania, which is requiring students however not staff to be vaccinated.

— Scott Jaschik

Federal Judge Preserves Part of Suits Over Payments Last Spring

May 19, 6:17 a.m. A federal choose has preserved a part of fits towards the University of Delaware over final spring’s interval of distant instruction, the Associated Press reported.

Judge Stephanos Bibas dominated that the students should not entitled to sue over tuition. But he stated fits over charges for student companies have been one other matter. “At a minimum, the fees claims are going to survive and proceed to discovery here,” he stated.

The college maintained that every one funds ought to be exempt from fits. “This is a contract and agreement … Once your register, tuition and fees are due in full,” a lawyer stated.

But a lawyer for the plaintiffs stated, “They promised one thing, and didn’t deliver it.”

— Scott Jaschik

Universities Lift Mask Requirements

May 18, 6:22 a.m. Many universities are lifting masks necessities.

Among them are: Mercer University, the University of Florida, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Weber State University.

— Scott Jaschik

U System of Georgia Adjusts Mask Policy

May 17, 6:20 a.m. The University System of Georgia has adjusted its masks coverage, WSBTV News reported.

In the autumn, absolutely vaccinated staff and students won’t be required to put on a masks whereas at school or at different actions.

Those who haven’t been vaccinated are “strongly encouraged” to proceed sporting their masks inside.

— Scott Jaschik

U of Rochester Develops App to Show Vaccine Status

May 14, 6:18 a.m. The University of Rochester has developed an app for students to exhibit their confirmed vaccination standing.

Students should provide the knowledge to the college after which obtain a inexperienced examine mark to indicate.

The app is prepared to be used at graduation occasions.

— Scott Jaschik

Penn State’s Faculty Senate Calls for Mandatory Vaccines

May 13, 6:10 a.m. The Faculty Senate of Pennsylvania State University has voted — 113 to 31 — to require students and staff to be vaccinated by the autumn, WTAJ News reported.

The vote just isn’t binding on the administration. Provost Nicholas Jones stated officers are presently engaged on incentives to get vaccinated.

“So for students, we’re looking at opportunities to provide discounts at Penn State Eats and the bookstore. We’re looking for drawings for resident hall students for free housing, upgraded meal plans, pizza parties, concert tickets, gift cards. For commuter students, drawings for meal plans, pizza parties, bakery gift boxes, snack boxes, concert tickets, gift cards,” he stated.

— Scott Jaschik

U of Richmond Eases Restrictions

May 12, 6:16 a.m. The University of Richmond is transferring from orange to yellow in its restrictions on campus Saturday, WRIC News reported.

Among the principles modifications:

  • The college will enable as much as 50 folks to attend indoor occasions accepted by the college. Outdoor occasions shall be capped at 100 folks.
  • Students can even now have the ability to request to take part in journey sponsored by the college.
  • Masks shall be required indoors and, when social distancing isn’t attainable, outdoor.
  • Visitors can now attend occasions and conferences at Richmond in the event that they observe all COVID-19 protocols.

— Scott Jaschik

UMass Faces Threat Over Suspension of Maskless Students

May 11, 6:13 a.m. The dad and mom of three University of Massachusetts at Amherst students who have been suspended for attending a celebration with out face masks in March are threatening the college with legal professionals, The Boston Herald reported.

The students misplaced $16,000 in tuition and may’t return for 2 semesters. The students have been caught when somebody shared an image of them with directors.

“It’s ugly to start this culture of ratting. The picture is all they have … and their heels are dug in deep,” one of many fathers stated. “The UMass administration is so uninterested in compassion or reaching a reasonable solution,” he added. “This has been a nightmare.”

A college spokesman stated, “During the weekend of March 6-7, more than 10 UMass Amherst students were suspended for participation at large and small parties. This was during a time when the campus was operating at elevated risk during the pandemic and had just emerged from severe high risk restrictions due to a surge in positive COVID-19 cases.”

— Scott Jaschik

Michigan Faculty Petition for Mandatory Vaccines

May 11, 5:59 a.m. Hundreds of University of Michigan school members have signed a petition calling the college’s vaccine plan “nonsensical,” MLive reported.

The college is requiring solely students dwelling on campus — about one-third of students — to be vaccinated. For the rest, the college is just recommending vaccination.

Michigan ought to require vaccines of all students and college members, the petition says. “Vaccines will also allow on-campus students and faculty to resume more fully the in-person interactions that are critical to academic success. We call for this mandate to go in effect now to give students, their families and our employees ample time to make plans to be vaccinated prior to the start of the fall term,” says the petition.

Rick Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the college, stated the petition has not but been introduced to the college. “Encouragement may be more effective than a mandate to achieve the goal of maximizing vaccinations against COVID-19 in the months ahead,” he stated.

— Scott Jaschik

Florida State Changes Face Mask Guidance

May 10, 6:12 a.m. Florida State University has modified its steerage on face masks. It now “recommends,” however not requires, them to be worn indoors.

“This represents a shift from the previous face-covering requirement and reflects our substantial efforts to vaccinate the university community, along with a low number of COVID-19 cases on campus,” the college introduced.

— Scott Jaschik

Rowan Offers Incentives to Get Vaccinated

May 7, 6:15 a.m. Rowan University has introduced a vaccine requirement for students who stay or research on campus, and a few incentives for getting the vaccine, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“Our message today is simple. We believe the path to normalcy is through widespread vaccination and we want our entire community to commit to reaching the goal of widespread vaccination,” Rowan president Ali A. Houshmand stated in a letter. “If we work together, we can reach this goal and offer the Rowan University experience that our students and employees deserve.”

Full-time students who present proof of vaccination will obtain a $500 credit heading in the right direction registration. Students who stay on campus will obtain a $500 housing credit.

— Scott Jaschik

Nova Southeastern Drops Vaccine Requirement

May 6, 9:06 a.m. Nova Southeastern University introduced on April 1 that it could require vaccines for all students and staff this fall.

But shortly after that announcement, Florida handed a regulation prohibiting such necessities. The college stated it could research the regulation. Now the college is reversing its place.

“Therefore, we are NOT requiring vaccinations for NSU students, faculty, and staff, as was announced back on April 1, before the legislation was passed. Nonetheless, with additional safeguards in place, NSU has its best opportunity to return to normalcy this fall,” stated a letter Wednesday from George L. Hanbury II, president of the college.

— Scott Jaschik

Harvard Will Require Student Vaccinations

May 6, 6:13 a.m. Harvard University introduced Wednesday that it’ll require all students who shall be on campus this fall to be vaccinated.

“To reach the high levels of vaccination needed to protect our community, Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all students who will be on campus this fall. As with existing student requirements for other vaccines, exceptions will be provided only for medical or religious reasons. Students should plan to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus for the fall semester, meaning that at least two weeks have passed since the final dose of an FDA-authorized or approved vaccine,” stated a letter from college leaders.

— Scott Jaschik

Oregon ‘Disappointed’ by Parties

May 5, 6:15 a.m. University of Oregon students held massive yard events the place a whole lot of students — with out masks — gathered this weekend, The Register-Guard reported.

The college responded on Twitter: “We are disappointed to see the photo of large gathering of young people at what appears to be an off-campus party involving UO students from over the weekend. The university has worked very hard to educate students about the serious COVID-19 health risks of gathering in groups without masks. This behavior is not representative of the majority of UO students, who we have seen work diligently to follow health guidelines.”

Lane County, the place the college is situated, skilled extra COVID-19 circumstances and elevated its danger stage to “extreme.”

— Scott Jaschik

Methodist University Requires COVID-19 Test to Attend Graduation

May 4, 6:10 a.m. Methodist University, in North Carolina, is requiring seniors to be examined for COVID-19 to attend commencement.

President Stanley T. Wearden posted a message on Twitter that stated the college had a “legal and a moral obligation” to require the testing. If students check damaging for COVID-19 this week, they may obtain tickets to attend.

After a profitable effort to attenuate COVID-19, the college is seeing a “recent spike in cases” following two weekends of off-campus events “that failed to follow health and safety protocols.”

— Scott Jaschik

Saint Vincent College Shelters in Place

May 3, 6:15 a.m. Citing “a significant increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases on campus,” together with asymptomatic circumstances, Saint Vincent College, in Pennsylvania, ordered all lessons on Thursday afternoon and Friday to be held remotely.

Students have been ordered to remain of their dormitory rooms.

“During the next two days, symptomatic and surveillance testing will take place throughout campus. The results of this testing will dictate the length that this mandate remains in place. Again, it is imperative that we act now to avoid any further spread and keep our campus community safe,” stated an electronic mail to the campus from the Reverend Paul R. Taylor, president of the school.

— Scott Jaschik

Illinois Will Let Vaccinated Students Skip Testing

April 30, 6:16 a.m. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will let students who’re fully vaccinated by August 23 skip the testing towards COVID-19 presently required.

Chancellor Robert J. Jones wrote to students that that is “a science-based recommendation.” He outlined full vaccination as two weeks after a student has obtained the ultimate dose.

He added: “Please note that we anticipate that all other COVID-19 guidelines will be in place, including wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 on our campus and be prepared to pivot our approach if necessary. In the future, if we believe the science indicates that vaccinated individuals should continue testing, we will shift and mandate testing even for vaccinated individuals.”

— Scott Jaschik

More Vaccine Requirements

April 29, 6:17 a.m. More faculties are requiring students (and on some campuses, staff, too) to get vaccinated towards COVID-19.

Among the universities: Carleton College, Mary Baldwin University, Washington State University and Washington University in St. Louis.

— Scott Jaschik

More Colleges Will Require Vaccinations

April 28, 6:16 a.m. More faculties are requiring students to get vaccinated towards COVID-19 by the autumn.

Among them are Hamilton College, Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Portland, Willamette University and Virginia Wesleyan University.

In Colorado, Governor Jared Polis, a Democrat, expressed help for the thought.

“Vaccines are the gateway to ending this pandemic,” Polis stated throughout a information convention. “That is why I expect that most higher education institutions will provide parents and students the peace of mind they want by making vaccines a requirement for next fall, and students want to get vaccinated so they can enjoy the full college experience.”

— Scott Jaschik

Colleges in Northeastern Iowa Won’t Require Vaccines

April 27, 6:19 a.m. Colleges in northeastern Iowa don’t plan to require their students to be vaccinated towards COVID-19, The Telegraph Herald reported

Loras College president Jim Collins stated the school is encouraging students to get the vaccines. “If you do mandate, then you also risk the potential for lawsuits,” he stated.

“That is a personal health decision,” stated Kathy Nacos-Burds, vice chairman of studying and student success at Northeast Iowa Community College. “Our role in our college is to educate people and get them to the best resources.”

— Scott Jaschik

Maryland Requires Vaccines for All, Michigan for Students Who Live on Campus

April 26, 6:11 a.m. The University System of Maryland would require all students, school members and different staff to get vaccinated towards COVID-19 by the autumn.

“I’m convinced that the risk of doing too little to contain COVID on campus this fall is far greater than the risk of doing too much,” stated Jay A. Perman, chancellor of the 12-campus system.

The University of Michigan would require vaccines for students who plan to stay on campus within the fall.

— Scott Jaschik

U of California and Cal State Systems to Require Vaccines for All

April 23, 6:20 a.m. The University of California and California State University methods are planning to require all students, school members and different staff to be vaccinated towards COVID-19 by the autumn.

“Receiving a vaccine for the virus that causes COVID-19 is a key step people can take to protect themselves, their friends and family, and our campus communities while helping bring the pandemic to an end,” stated Michael V. Drake, president of the University of California.

“Together, the CSU and UC enroll and employ more than one million students and employees across 33 major university campuses, so this is the most comprehensive and consequential university plan for COVID-19 vaccines in the country,” stated Cal State chancellor Joseph I. Castro.

— Scott Jaschik

Wayne State to Pay Students $10 to Be Vaccinated

April 22, 6:25 a.m. Wayne State University pays students $10 if they supply proof of vaccination by May 10, The Detroit Free Press reported.

President M. Roy Wilson stated he hoped the cash would supply an “extra incentive” to get vaccinated.

Colleges are debating the ethics of funds to students for getting vaccinated.

— Scott Jaschik

Bowdoin to Require Vaccines of Students and Employees

April 21, 6:20 a.m. Bowdoin College would require all students and staff to be vaccinated within the fall.

Clayton Rose, the president, wrote to the campus that vaccines are “the best approach for the college to take from a larger, public health perspective” and so they create “a safer, more secure environment for Bowdoin community members to avoid having COVID-19 outbreaks on campus in the close learning environment and residential setting, which facilitates the resumption of a more normal semester.”

Exemptions shall be given for medical or spiritual causes.

While dozens of schools are imposing the requirement for students, only some (thus far) are requiring vaccines of staff. Hampton University is amongst them.

— Scott Jaschik

Chicago Extends Stay-at-Home Order

April 20, 6:18 a.m. The University of Chicago has prolonged a stay-at-home order by way of tomorrow due to COVID-19 circumstances.

“We know this decision will cause disappointment, in part because our community’s efforts already have greatly reduced the number of COVID-19 cases this week. The extension of restrictions is based on our … ongoing examination of the recent cluster of COVID-19 cases, which provides compelling reasons for continued caution,” stated a college memo on Friday.

“Although our initial investigation suggested that the cases began with one or more parties, further study … indicates that there are multiple clusters, starting with individuals who were unknowingly infected over break. There was subsequent spread among students in smaller gatherings as well as larger parties. The ability of the variants to spread to so many college students in one week shows how important it is to prevent a larger outbreak,” the college added.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the college has had 209 circumstances of COVID-19 since March 26.

— Scott Jaschik

More Colleges Require Vaccines for Students

April 19, 6:20 a.m. Three extra faculties have determined to require students to be vaccinated within the fall.

Assumption University, in Massachusetts, would require school and employees members to be vaccinated as nicely. “To reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and the possibility of acute illness if you are infected, the university will require that all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated by Monday, August 9. Students must be fully vaccinated two weeks prior to their return to campus. To be fully vaccinated, individuals must have received all required vaccine doses and two weeks have passed after the final vaccination,” stated an announcement from the school.

Grinnell College and Seattle University additionally introduced insurance policies for students.

— Scott Jaschik

COVID-19 Vaccinations Won’t Be Required at Iowa Public Universities

April 16, 6:20 a.m. Iowa’s public universities will encourage however not require COVID-19 vaccinations within the fall for students, The Ames Tribune reported.

“We continue to strongly encourage members of our campus community to get vaccinated” however won’t require vaccinations, stated Michael Richards, president of the Iowa Board of Regents.

Iowa governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican, opposes vaccine necessities.

Dartmouth College and Vassar College are the newest faculties to announce that students shall be required to get vaccinated to enroll within the fall.

— Scott Jaschik

More Colleges Requires COVID-19 Vaccinations for Students

April 15, 6:22 a.m. More faculties are requiring students to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by the autumn.

Among them: American, Georgetown, Roger Williams and Syracuse Universities, and Ithaca and Manhattanville Colleges.

Rutgers University was the primary college to announce a requirement and was shortly joined by a number of others.

— Scott Jaschik

Michigan Locks Out 718 Students From Nonresidential Buildings

April 14, 6:15 a.m. The University of Michigan has locked out 718 students from nonresidential buildings for not getting examined for COVID-19, The Detroit Free Press reported.

Students are required to be examined weekly. The 718 students notified Monday hadn’t had a check recorded for 4 weeks.

In March, the college took related motion towards 375 students. Of these students, 136 students requested and have been granted approval to have their Mcard — which unlocks buildings — reactivated, with most students finishing a coronavirus check.

— Scott Jaschik

Saint Joseph’s of Maine Issues $50 Tickets for Failing to Wear a Face Mask

April 13, 2:50 p.m. Saint Joseph’s College in Maine is issuing $50 tickets to students for failing to put on a face masks, the Associated Press reported.

The faculty has issued greater than 20 tickets through the previous two weeks.

— Scott Jaschik

Hopkins, Wesleyan to Require Vaccines for Students

April 13, 6:12 a.m. Johns Hopkins and Wesleyan Universities are the newest universities to require students to be vaccinated within the fall.

A Hopkins press launch stated, “Given recent increases in COVID-19 vaccine availability and distribution, the university intends for vaccination to be a critical component to its campus safety plan — all students who plan to be on campus in the fall will be required to be vaccinated or have a religious or health exemption; faculty and staff are also strongly urged to be vaccinated before returning to campus.”

Wesleyan officers confirmed to Fox 61 News {that a} related coverage could be introduced right now.

— Scott Jaschik

Northwestern Holds Midnight Vaccine Clinic for Students

April 12, 6:12 a.m. Northwestern University held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic Saturday at midnight — for students, ABC7 News reported.

Nearly 200 students obtained vaccines. The college organized the occasion to make use of vaccines that may have expired at 7 a.m. Sunday. The students will have the ability to get second vaccine doses as nicely.

“This is actually the first time I’ve left my dorm while it’s been late at night. There is normally nowhere to go at night,” stated Gabrielle Khoriaty, one of many students. “The first time in college I’m leaving my dorm out late at night, it’s to get the COVID vaccine.”

— Scott Jaschik

University of Chicago Converts All Undergraduate Courses to Online

April 9, 6:16 a.m. The University of Chicago is changing all in-person undergraduate lessons to on-line programs for every week and ordered students dwelling in residence halls to remain there for every week.

“Tests in recent days have detected more than 50 cases of COVID-19 involving students in the college, including many living in residence halls, and we expect this number to increase,” stated a memo on the modifications from Michele Rasmussen, dean of students, and Eric Heath, affiliate vice chairman for security and safety. “Those who have tested positive are in isolation, following university protocols. Many of these cases may have been connected to one or more parties held by off-campus fraternities over the last week. We are particularly concerned because of the high likelihood that these cases involve the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant, which is currently widespread in the Chicago area, appears to spread more easily than other variants, and is able to cause more severe disease in people of all ages.”

— Scott Jaschik

Emerson Cancels All In-Person Activities Except Classes

April 8, 6:24 a.m. Emerson College has canceled all in-person actions, besides lessons, due to a spike in COVID-19 circumstances, News 10 reported.

The order, which included athletics, shall be in place till April 14.

Twenty-six folks examined optimistic for coronavirus at Emerson final week. Twenty-four persons are in isolation, and 38 are in quarantine. These are among the highest numbers the school has seen within the final two semesters.

— Scott Jaschik

Women’s Lacrosse Team Suspended at University of Delaware

April 8, 6:16 a.m. The University of Delaware has suspended its girls’s lacrosse group for violating COVID-19 guidelines, WPVI News reported.

The suspension is for six weeks, successfully ending the group’s season.

The violations happened on March 21, when group members hosted a big off-campus social gathering, in violation of the college’s guidelines.

— Scott Jaschik

St. Edward’s Modifies Policy Because of Texas Governor’s Executive Order

April 7, 6:12 a.m. St. Edward’s University final week stated that every one students could be required to be vaccinated towards COVID-19 by the autumn.

But the college, situated in Austin, Tex., will create an exemption to the coverage due to an government order by Texas governor Greg Abbott, a Republican. Abbott barred any group that receives state funds from requiring proof of vaccination. Although St. Edward’s is personal, it receives state funds for monetary assist.

St. Edward’s introduced that “the university’s policy will not deny services to those submitting documentation or a qualifying exemption. Qualifying exemptions for students include declining to provide the university an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status.”

— Scott Jaschik

Northeastern Will Require Vaccinations

April 6, 10:48 a.m. Northeastern University introduced Tuesday that it’ll require all students to be vaccinated towards COVID-19 by the primary day of lessons within the fall.

Ken Henderson, chancellor and senior vice chairman for studying at Northeastern, stated, “If all, or nearly all of our students are vaccinated, we expect that we’ll be able to achieve herd immunity.”

Rutgers University was the primary faculty with such a requirement. It was adopted by Cornell and Nova Southeastern Universities.

— Scott Jaschik

University of Oregon Won’t Reduce Pay

April 6, 6:14 a.m. The University of Oregon introduced Monday that “while the University of Oregon continues to face financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university will not implement progressive pay reductions for faculty or officers of administration as a cost-savings measure.”

The college had stated earlier that such pay cuts have been a risk. (Other staff are lined by union contracts.)

Oregon cited federal funds for faculties not too long ago accepted by Congress as one consider enhancing the monetary image. Other elements included hiring freezes, voluntary management wage reductions and a ban on nonessential journey.

— Scott Jaschik

Wayne State Will Suspend Face-to-Face Instruction

April 5, 6:21 a.m. Wayne State University will droop face-to-face instruction, efficient Wednesday, to cut back the variety of folks on campus in mild of rising COVID-19 circumstances in Michigan, The Detroit News reported.

The solely exception shall be medical rotations in well being professions applications.

All athletics group practices and competitions shall be suspended. Teams could resume observe after 10 days — if 80 % or extra of group personnel have obtained full COVID-19 vaccination.

— Scott Jaschik

UConn Places Residents of 5 Dorms in Quarantine

April 5, 6:12 a.m. The University of Connecticut has positioned the residents of 5 residence halls in quarantine after 35 students examined optimistic for COVID-19, NBC News reported.

“This spike in positives may be related to large off-campus gatherings that were reported this past weekend,” stated Dean of Students Eleanor Daugherty, in a letter.

State police broke up a celebration close to campus on March 27 that was attended by an estimated 100 visitors, with out social distancing.

— Scott Jaschik

Bates Imposes Lockdown of Students

April 2, 6:18 a.m. Bates College, going through a pointy uptick in COVID-19 circumstances, on Thursday ordered all students to remain of their dormitory rooms till Tuesday, The Sun Journal reported.

Bates presently has 34 lively circumstances of COVID-19, and one other 50 students who have been in shut contact with them are additionally in quarantine.

Every week in the past, Bates had one student with COVID-19.

“Please know that this decision was not made lightly, but it is necessary to protect our campus and the broader community,” stated a observe from Joshua McIntosh, vice chairman of campus life.

— Scott Jaschik

Vermont Bars Out-of-State Students From Getting COVID-19 Vaccines

April 1, 6:17 a.m. Vermont has barred out-of-state students from getting COVID-19 vaccines within the state, The Burlington Free Press reported.

Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, stated at a press convention, “At this point in time, we want to make sure we’re taking care of Vermonters first.”

The resolution drew quick criticism. At the University of Vermont and at some personal faculties, a majority of students are from out of state, and so they have been discouraged from touring.

An editorial in The Middlebury Campus stated, “We stand in staunch opposition to this short-sighted, illogical and dangerous restriction.”

The editorial added, “Scott’s rhetoric of ‘Vermonters first’ is both disconcerting and disappointing. It feels especially hypocritical given Scott’s desire for young people who come to Vermont — for college or otherwise — to build a life here. This nativist, protectionist approach estranges students who spend nine months or more out of the year living and working in Vermont. But more importantly, it denies them important access to the most effective protection against COVID.”

— Scott Jaschik

Washington State Colleges Experience Upticks

March 31, 6:17 a.m. Colleges in Washington State are experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 circumstances, The Seattle Times reported.

Washington State University stated final week that student gatherings and events have instantly resulted in a rise in COVID-19 circumstances, in keeping with the Associated Press. Whitman County Public Health reported 73 infections — all in folks youthful than 40 — within the county over the weekend.

“Our numbers are alarmingly high,” Washington State officers stated in a letter Friday. “This is unacceptable. We are potentially putting our community and vulnerable populations at an increased risk.”

At the University of Washington, 48 circumstances have been reported within the final 10 days. The latest tallies have pushed the an infection charge to 1.3 % within the final seven days, greater than double this system’s cumulative an infection charge of 0.6 %.

Western Washington University has reported 30 optimistic COVID-19 circumstances involving students dwelling in residence halls up to now week, the AP stated.

— Scott Jaschik

Savannah State to Give Away Hand Sanitizer to Black Colleges

March 30, 6:16 a.m. Savannah State University has introduced that it will likely be freely giving hand sanitizer for each traditionally Black faculty student within the nation, WSAV News reported.

The motion is financed by a present from the proprietor of a hand sanitizer firm. The college shall be sending packages to each traditionally Black faculty within the nation.

Savannah State has despatched 75,000 bottles of sanitizer to 30 Black faculties thus far. New shipments are being ready daily.

— Scott Jaschik

College Students to Be in Large Study of Vaccine Effectiveness

March 29, 6:14 a.m. Scientists are planning a big research on faculty students to find out if the COVID-19 vaccines stop those that have been vaccinated from spreading the illness to others, The New York Times reported.

The medical trials on the vaccines didn’t research that query.

The new research will embody greater than 12,000 students.

— Scott Jaschik

New Hampshire Bans Out-of-State Students From Getting Vaccines

March 26, 6:10 a.m. New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu, a Republican, has banned out-of-state students from getting a COVID-19 vaccine within the state, WMUR News reported.

The city supervisor of Durham, Todd Selig, is among the many critics of the coverage. He stated 60 % of the 15,000 students on the University of New Hampshire are from out of state.

“It’s important to get vaccinations to them as soon as possible,” Selig stated. “Their lack of vaccination creates a clear and present risk for the rest of the population.”

— Scott Jaschik

Students Plan to Save or Invest COVID-19 Checks

March 25, 6:16 a.m. Most students plan to avoid wasting or make investments their $1,400 COVID-19 stimulus checks, in keeping with a brand new ballot of 804 faculty students from Generation Lab and Axios.

Asked how they might spend the cash, the next solutions got (students might record a couple of reply):

  • Saving or investing: 62 %
  • Essentials (meals, lease): 44 %
  • Paying off debt: 27 %
  • Vehicle funds: 10 %
  • Travel or leisure: 8 %
  • Clothes: 7 %
  • Recreational items: 7 %
  • Household gadgets: 6 %
  • Charitable donations: 3 %

— Scott Jaschik

Dayton Investigates Gathering of Hundreds Without Masks

March 24, 6:18 a.m. The University of Dayton is investigating a big celebration Saturday of St. Patrick’s Day, through which a whole lot of students have been shut collectively, with out masks, WKEF/WRGT News reported.

A press release launched Tuesday stated, “Disciplinary action could include suspension or, in egregious situations, expulsion. The university will continue to explore ways to encourage students to gather safely and peacefully. The university also is increasing mandatory surveillance testing during the next several weeks to quickly identify and isolate those who have contracted the virus and their close contacts. During the last few weeks, we have conducted a high volume of surveillance testing with minimal incidence of the virus and will continue to monitor campus conditions.”

— Scott Jaschik

Cincinnati Doesn’t Renew Contract of Adjunct Over Comment on ‘Chinese Virus’

March 23, 6:20 a.m. The University of Cincinnati has not renewed the contract of an adjunct who has been on go away over his calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus,” The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

John Ucker, who taught within the College of Engineering and Applied Science, answered a student’s electronic mail about lacking class resulting from publicity to somebody with the virus by saying, “For students testing positive for the chinese [sic] virus, I will give no grade.”

— Scott Jaschik

COVID-19 Cancels Athletic Events

March 22, 5:40 a.m. The first spherical of the National Collegiate Athletic Association males’s basketball event sport between the University of Oregon and Virginia Commonwealth University was canceled, and Oregon was declared the winner, due to a number of COVID-19 infections on the VCU group, ESPN reported.

The sport was referred to as off three hours earlier than it was to have began.

The University of Maine referred to as off a sequence of baseball video games at Stony Brook University, of the State University of New York.

Six members of the Maine baseball program have been positioned into quarantine or isolation.

— Scott Jaschik

Saint Anselm Sees Spike in Cases

March 19, 6:20 a.m. Saint Anselm College, in New Hampshire, is seeing its largest-ever spike in COVID-19 circumstances, The New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

On Monday, 14 new circumstances have been reported. While these numbers are small in comparison with these at bigger establishments, Saint Anselm solely enrolls 2,000 students.

All on-campus isolation rooms are full, so the school is doubling up on their use.

“We have to dial this back,” wrote Dean of Students Alicia Finn in a message to students. Twenty folks examined optimistic within the first half of this week. She referred to as the tempo “unsustainable.”

— Scott Jaschik

Colby-Sawyer Responds to Criticism Over COVID-19

March 18, 6:15 a.m. Colby-Sawyer College has made modifications in its overflow quarantine housing after the school’s preliminary preparations have been criticized by students, WMUR News reported.

Eighteen students are presently in isolation. Because the dormitory for them was full, the school arrange area within the fitness center, however that was criticized as insufficient.

President Sue Stuebner stated, “We’ve added Wi-Fi and electrical outlets, increased the partitions, added some study spaces.”

— Scott Jaschik

Student Workers Strike at Kenyon Over COVID-19 Restrictions

March 17, 6:03 a.m. Student employees at Kenyon College held a strike on Monday over the restrictions positioned on their work through the pandemic, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Kenyon doesn’t acknowledge the Kenyon Student Worker Organizing Committee, also called Ok-SWOC, which referred to as the strike.

During the pandemic, some student work has been disrupted and a few pay has ceased for some employees, Ok-SWOC members say.

Kenyon student employees are paid on a tier system and earn between $8.70 and $11.17 an hour.

The faculty says it developed a monetary assist program for individuals who weren’t paid when their work ceased. But Ok-SWOC members say the system does not work successfully.

— Scott Jaschik

University of Arizona to Resume 100-Person In-Person Classes

March 16, 6:13 a.m. The University of Arizona will resume lessons of as much as 100 students later this month. Since Feb. 22, there was a restrict of fifty students.

President Robert C. Robbins stated, “We are able to project this shift due to continuing lower numbers of COVID-19 cases in the campus population. From the period of March 8 to March 12, we administered 8,945 COVID-19 tests, with 17 positives — a positivity rate of 0.19 percent.”

— Scott Jaschik

Stanford to Welcome Juniors and Seniors Back on Campus

March 15, 6:14 a.m. Stanford University stated that it could welcome juniors and seniors again on campus for the spring time period, which begins March 29.

“We have concluded that the conditions support moving forward with offering juniors and seniors the opportunity to return to campus for the spring quarter, with systems and safeguards in place to protect our community’s health,” stated an announcement from Marc Tessier-Lavigne, the president, and Persis Drell, the provost.

Currently, there are 5,100 graduate students and 1,500 undergraduates with accepted “special circumstances” dwelling on campus. About 1,300 juniors and seniors, past these already on campus, have utilized for campus housing within the spring quarter.

Most undergraduate programs shall be on-line.

— Scott Jaschik

University of Washington Asks Public to View Cherry Blossoms Online Only

March 12, 6:17 a.m. The University of Washington is asking members of the general public to remain away — and to view the college’s well-known cherry blossoms on-line.

The college invitations folks to view “cherry blossoms virtually this year to promote physical distancing and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

Options for the general public embody “UW Video’s live webcam overlooking the Quad, a virtual tour with photos from campus that will be updated throughout the blooming season and tweets from @uwcherryblossom.”

— Scott Jaschik

UC Davis Offers Students $75 to Stay Put During Spring Break

March 10, 6:14 a.m. The University of California, Davis, is providing 750 students $75 every to remain put throughout spring break, March 20-24.

Chancellor Gary S. May wrote that “students have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, to apply. The first 750 applications to meet all qualifications will be awarded grants to be redeemed at selected Davis businesses, where students can purchase supplies in four categories: Get Active, Get Artsy, Home Improvement and Let’s Stay In.”

University officers report that students are enthusiastic concerning the supply. But with 40,000 students, most won’t obtain a grant.

— Scott Jaschik

Florida Faculty and Staff Protest Exclusion From Vaccines

March 9, 6:18 a.m. Faculty and employees members in Florida are protesting a coverage of Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, to supply vaccines to all staff at Ok-12 colleges, however to not increased schooling staff, The Miami Herald reported.

“This is not acceptable,” stated an announcement from Karen Morian, the president of the United Faculty of Florida, which represents about 22,000 educators within the state. “Now that the governor has admitted the scientific value of vaccinations and publicly voiced support for vaccines, we call on him to recognize that education in Florida continues beyond K-12 and to include ALL educators in Florida’s vaccination programs.”

The governor’s spokeswoman didn’t reply to a request for remark.

— Scott Jaschik

COVID-19 Halts Hockey Game After 2 Periods

March 8, 6:12 a.m. A hockey sport between Utica College and Elmira College was suspended Saturday resulting from COVID-19.

Utica tweeted, “In accordance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, tonight’s men’s hockey game between Utica College and Elmira College has been suspended due to a positive test within the Utica team.”

The Observer-Dispatch reported that two durations have been performed usually, however a 45-minute delay in beginning the third interval was adopted by the announcement that the sport had been suspended. No info was obtainable on who had COVID-19 or when the analysis was obtained. Numerous athletic occasions have been referred to as off this yr due to COVID-19, however not through the video games.

Utica led Elmira 5 to 2 when the sport was suspended.

— Scott Jaschik

Michigan Deactivates ID Cards for 375 Undergraduates

March 4, 6:16 a.m. The University of Michigan has deactivated the ID playing cards that undergraduates use for entry to nonresidential buildings for 375 undergraduates who didn’t adjust to necessities that they be examined for COVID-19.

“The notification sent on Tuesday should not come as a surprise to the recipients,” stated Sarah Daniels, affiliate dean of students and a member of the Compliance and Accountability Team. “Prior to this notification, students were sent reminders via email … that they needed to complete their weekly test because they are in the mandatory testing cohort.”

To get their entry to nonresidential buildings again, the students must get examined.

— Scott Jaschik

Study Finds Sharp Rise in Depression and Anxiety Among First-Year Students

March 3, 5 p.m. A bunch of first-year students reported considerably increased ranges of despair and anxiousness within the wake of COVID-19 than they did earlier than the pandemic hit, in keeping with a research revealed Wednesday by researchers on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The researchers tracked the identical group of 419 students over the course of their first yr at North Carolina and located that their stories of reasonable to extreme anxiousness rose by about 40 % and their stories of reasonable to extreme despair grew by 48 %.

Black students and homosexual and lesbian students have been extra more likely to report psychological well being issues associated to social isolation. Latino students reported much less social isolation after they left campus and returned to their properties.

The researchers discovered that a lot of the despair and anxiousness associated to distant studying.

“First-year college students seem to be particularly struggling with social isolation and adapting to distanced learning,” stated lead research writer Jane Cooley Fruehwirth, an affiliate professor within the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Economics within the College of Arts & Sciences and a college fellow on the Carolina Population Center.

— Doug Lederman

Controversy Over COVID-19 Rules Violations at Colby-Sawyer

March 3, 6:22 a.m. Some students at Colby-Sawyer College, in New Hampshire, are complaining a few type with which students can report others for violating COVID-19 guidelines, WMUR reported.

“There are some allegations of misbehavior that warrant a quick conversation and reminders, and then there are patterns of violations that put the community and campus at risk,” Gregg Mazzola, vice chairman for advertising and marketing and communications, stated.

But a student, Sam Mohammed, stated that when she arrived for the spring semester, one other student reported her for going to the grocery retailer earlier than beginning a two-week quarantine. She and her roommate misplaced housing because of this.

“In the campus’ emails it says to stock up before you start your quarantine,” Mohammed stated.

She stated the college won’t return her $8,000 for housing.

The administration won’t touch upon her case.

— Scott Jaschik

Dartmouth Reports 119 Cases

March 2, 6:21 a.m. Dartmouth College logged 119 circumstances of COVID-19 over the weekend, The Valley News reported.

Dean Kathryn Lively stated in an electronic mail that the circumstances replicate a “rapid and significantly increased risk of transmission within our community.”

The faculty will revert to having students eat alone of their rooms and instructed them to stay on campus in order to not endanger residents of Hanover, N.H.

— Scott Jaschik

St. Bonaventure President Dies of COVID-19

March 1, 1:53 p.m. The president of St. Bonaventure University, Dennis R. DePerro, died Monday of problems from COVID-19.

“Words simply can’t convey the level of devastation our campus community feels right now,” stated Joseph Zimmer, provost and vice chairman for educational affairs, who was named appearing president late final month. “I know when people die it’s become cliché to say things like, ‘He was a great leader, but an even better human being,’ and yet, that’s the absolute truth with Dennis. We are heartbroken.”

DePerro was identified with COVID-19 on Christmas Eve and hospitalized on Dec. 29. He had been positioned on a ventilator in mid-January.

— Scott Jaschik

Edinboro University Pauses In-Person Classes

March 1, 6:13 a.m. Edinboro University has introduced a 10-day pause on in-person lessons resulting from an increase in COVID-19 circumstances, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The pause relies on “an abundance of caution for our students, faculty and staff,” stated Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, the interim president of the college.

Currently, there are 56 students and three staff with COVID-19.

— Scott Jaschik

University of Delaware Changes Policies After Uptick in Cases

Feb. 26, 6:15 a.m. The University of Delaware reported that 145 students and two staff examined optimistic for COVID-19 this week, a report complete for the college, WDEL News reported.

As a end result, the college introduced a sequence of coverage modifications:

  • Dining halls and meals courtroom gadgets shall be grab-and-go solely.
  • The student facilities shall be diminished to 25 % capability.
  • Students won’t be allowed to congregate to eat meals indoors, together with in dormitory widespread areas.
  • No visitors shall be permitted in dormitory rooms.

In-person lessons will proceed, however the college stated that modifications “may be necessary in the future if the number of positive cases on campus continues to rise.”

— Scott Jaschik

Faculty Cuts at Point Park

Feb. 25, 6:15 a.m. Point Park University just isn’t renewing the contracts of 17 nontenured school members, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Paul Hennigan, the president, stated that “the pandemic has taken a toll on our operations, just as it has affected the operations of many higher education providers. After one full year of the COVID-19 pandemic, significant disruptions continue in higher education.”

— Scott Jaschik

SUNY Athletic Conference to Resume March 20

Feb. 24, 6:12 a.m. The State University of New York Athletic Conference will resume spring sports activities on March 20. Lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis and observe and subject will all have seasons.

The SUNYAC is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III intercollegiate athletic convention with 10 full-member SUNY establishments (Brockport, Buffalo State, Cortland, Fredonia, Geneseo, New Paltz, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh and Potsdam) and one affiliate (Morrisville).

Teams shall be working underneath particular guidelines. They embody:

  • Masks shall be worn always by athletes, coaches and officers, apart from athletes throughout competitors or lively observe.
  • No spectators, pursuant to New York State Department of Health steerage.
  • Regular weekly testing/COVID symptom checks previous to competitors.
  • Prior to highway video games, athletes shall be examined inside three days of departure.
  • Masks shall be worn on buses for journey, bus capability diminished to 50 % and no consuming allowed.
  • No handshakes, group celebrations or pre- or post-interaction with opposing group

— Scott Jaschik

Binghamton Limits Student Activities on Campus

Feb. 23, 9:31 a.m. Binghamton University, of the State University of New York, is limiting student actions and motion on campus after reaching a 2.4 % positivity check end result, on a 14-day common.

In-person lessons will proceed, however the college introduced that “to reverse this upward trend” it was canceling:

  • All nonclassroom student actions, together with Greek life
  • All student group dance rehearsals and different nonacademic student actions
  • All intercollegiate athletics, membership sports activities and intramurals
  • All performances of any form.

Dining services shall be open, however just for takeout.

— Scott Jaschik

Duke Investigates Off-Campus Party

Feb. 23, 6:12 a.m. Duke University is investigating an off-campus social gathering the place 50 students have been with out masks, WNCN News reported.

A gathering of that measurement violates Duke’s tips for students.

“As a reminder, hosting large scale social events — on or off-campus — is considered a flagrant violation of university COVID-19 expectations. Hosts, and in most instances, attendees, of events are referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for further resolution. Other students found responsible this academic year for flagrant violations such as hosting large scale social events and parties have lost campus privileges and/or been issued a two-semester suspension from the university,” stated an electronic mail despatched to students.

— Scott Jaschik

Newton Mayor Calls for Stronger State Oversight of Boston College

Feb. 22, 6:16 a.m. Ruthanne Fuller, the mayor of Newton, Mass., is looking for harder state oversight of Boston College’s COVID-19 efforts, The Boston Globe reported.

Since August, there have been 858 circumstances of COVID-19 on the faculty, in keeping with the college’s web site.

“We are continuing to urge Boston College officials that their students strictly adhere to public health guidelines and to urge the state to strengthen the oversight,” Fuller stated.

— Scott Jaschik

Maryland-College Park Announces Weeklong Sequester

Feb. 20, 12 p.m. The University of Maryland’s essential campus in College Park on Saturday introduced that every one on-campus students would sequester in place for at the very least every week and that every one instruction would transfer on-line starting Monday.

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University officers cited a pointy rise in COVID-19 circumstances: Maryland’s pandemic dashboard reveals a complete of 74 circumstances reported since Thursday, considerably greater than had been reported within the earlier 10 days.

“We have seen a significant and concerning increase in positive COVID cases on and around our campus in recent days,” Maryland’s president, Darryll J. Pines, and the director of its well being middle, Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, wrote to the campus Thursday. “From the beginning of this pandemic, we have pledged to take action whenever we see the threat of further spread.”

— Doug Lederman

Shortage Forces Auburn to Suspend Vaccinations

Feb. 19, 6:22 a.m. Auburn University is suspending COVID-19 vaccinations as a result of it has run out of vaccines, EETV News reported.

An electronic mail urged students and staff to hunt vaccinations elsewhere.

— Scott Jaschik

Ivy League Cancels Spring Sports Season

Feb. 18, 2:35 p.m. The Ivy League on Thursday grew to become the newest sports activities convention to cancel its spring sports activities seasons, citing the persevering with well being threats of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Division I convention of extremely selective universities within the Northeast has been among the many most conservative within the nation on the subject of competing through the well being disaster. It was the primary main faculty convention to desert sports activities competitors final spring, and it canceled its winter seasons in early November and opted to not play fall sports activities this spring, as another leagues did.

League officers stated native, non-league competitors could also be attainable later within the spring “if public health conditions improve sufficiently.”

The resolution was necessitated by attempting to maintain the Ivy campuses protected, the presidents of the colleges stated in a joint assertion. “The ability of the league’s members to continue on-campus operations during the ongoing pandemic requires rigorous limitations on travel, visitors, gatherings, and other elements that are essential for intercollegiate athletics competition,” the assertion stated.

It continued: “We know that this news will come as a disappointment to many in our community. We regret the many sacrifices that have been required in response to the pandemic, and we appreciate the resilience of our student-athletes, coaches and staff in the face of adversity during this difficult and unusual year.”

— Doug Lederman

U of Michigan Sees Surge in Cases

Feb. 18, 6:20 a.m. The University of Michigan is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 circumstances, MLive reported.

For the week of Feb. 7, the college noticed 352 circumstances, its highest in a single week because the pandemic began.

Officials blame off-campus social actions. “Students are largely infecting other students,” stated Robert Ernst, government director of University Health Services.

— Scott Jaschik

Kansas Lawmakers Want Colleges to Refund Students for Remote Learning

Feb. 17, 4:20 p.m. A committee within the Kansas House of Representatives on Wednesday backed an modification to the state’s increased schooling price range that may require faculties and universities to refund half the tutoring students paid when their programs have been on-line final spring and fall, The Kansas City Star reported.

“I’ve talked to many parents who tell me that their kids aren’t learning, that several of them watch their kids cheat on their final exams because they take it together,” stated Representative Sean Tarwater, a Republican who launched the modification.

A Democratic lawmaker, Brandon Woodard, referred to as the vote “reckless,” including, “We literally just made a decision to wreck the budgets of our universities without allowing them to testify.”

The proposal has a protracted method to go to grow to be regulation, however one other legislator stated it “holds [state and campus officials’] feet to the fires so they know we’re serious about the monies.”

— Doug Lederman

New Limits on Students at 2 Universities

Feb. 17, 6:18 a.m. Two extra universities have imposed limits on student motion on account of rising COVID-19 circumstances.

Plymouth State University, in New Hampshire, moved lessons on-line and canceled all athletic occasions till at the very least Feb. 21, WMUR reported.

The University of Virginia is preserving in-person lessons, however banning students from leaving their rooms for many different functions, besides attending lessons, acquiring meals, particular person train and being examined for COVID-19.

— Scott Jaschik

Student Parties Criticized as Unsafe at 3 Campuses

Feb. 16, 6:02 a.m. Officials at three campuses are criticizing latest student events as unsafe through the pandemic.

At Syracuse University, athletes are being blamed for a big social gathering at which students weren’t sporting masks, reported.

At York College, in Pennsylvania, President Pamela Gunter-Smith wrote to students, “This is not the time to be complacent or to give in to pandemic fatigue. Each one of us must do what is necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.” She wrote after an unauthorized student gathering was linked to among the 65 circumstances of COVID-19 that the school is experiencing, WHTM reported.

At the State University of New York at Cortland, a number of massive gatherings of students led to the latest arrests of a number of students.

SUNY system chancellor Jim Malatras stated, “These unauthorized large parties could result in a significant increase in COVID cases. SUNY Cortland’s Administration must take control of this situation and they have begun taking disciplinary actions. To monitor any potential issues arising from these parties, I’ve asked SUNY Cortland to implement twice weekly testing of all students — on or off campus — for at least the next two weeks.”

— Scott Jaschik

SUNY Offers Funds for Food Pantries

Feb. 15, 6:17 a.m. The State University of New York System is providing as much as $1,000 to campus meals pantries that lack fridges.

Many campus pantries are experiencing a surge in visits through the pandemic, however some lack fridges.

“As we deal with the challenges of COVID, we must do everything in our power to help our students succeed. Food insecurity is a major problem with more than a third of our students going hungry at some point before the pandemic and we’re seeing an even greater spike in student hunger because of COVID,” stated Chancellor Jim Malatras. “The pangs of hunger should not cloud a student’s education.”

— Scott Jaschik

Franklin Pierce University Issues Shelter-in-Place Order

Feb. 12, 6:16 a.m. Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire has issued a shelter-in-place order after 18 new optimistic circumstances of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 24 hours, WMUR News reported.

The order will start at 8 a.m. right now and can final for 10 days.

All lessons shall be held on-line and all labs, studios and the library shall be closed. All student actions, together with athletics, have been suspended.

— Scott Jaschik

University of New Hampshire Pivots to Online for two Weeks

Feb. 11, 4:55 p.m. The University of New Hampshire stated Thursday {that a} “dramatic and sustained rise” in COVID-19 circumstances would drive it to transition most programs to totally on-line and restrict gatherings and student visits. 

“We are seeing the consequences of COVID fatigue and its impact on our ability to offer additional in-person opportunities,” President James W. Dean Jr. stated. “If the numbers continue to climb, we will have to put additional measures in place.”

— Doug Lederman

Feb. 11, 3:42 p.m. Dozens of conferences and a whole lot of schools are making ready to play soccer this spring, having canceled their typical seasons final fall due to COVID-19. But the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will not be amongst them, the league introduced Thursday, citing persevering with well being dangers from the pandemic.

“While it is tremendously disappointing to suspend the spring 2021 football season, it is the right decision with regards to the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans,” MEAC commissioner Dennis E. Thomas stated. “As I have stated since the beginning of the pandemic, health and safety will continue to be at the forefront of every decision.”

Six of the league’s 9 members — all traditionally Black faculties and universities — opted to not play this spring, so the convention canceled its personal season and championship.

Three MEAC establishments — Delaware State, Howard and South Carolina State Universities — instructed league officers they meant to attempt to play the game this spring.

— Doug Lederman

Another Student Death From COVID-19

Feb. 11, 6:16 a.m. Another student has died from COVID-19. The New York Times reported that Helen Etuk, a senior on the University of North Texas, died Jan. 12 from problems of the virus. She hoped to grow to be a physician.

Etuk had been going to in-person lessons. She wore a masks and tried to take care of social distance from different folks, however she developed a nasty cough that turned out to a symptom of COVID-19.

She was hospitalized for 3 months earlier than she died.

— Scott Jaschik

Senior at University of New Haven Dies of COVID-19

Feb. 10, 6:23 a.m. A senior on the University of New Haven died Feb. 6 resulting from problems from COVID-19.

Joshua Goodart grew to become ailing throughout winter break and was hospitalized at residence. He did not return for the beginning of the spring semester.

Liberty Page, Goodart’s adviser, stated he was enthusiastic about his cybersecurity and networks main, describing him as a “hardworking, sincerely nice, and happy person. He never had a complaint and was nothing but positive. I am thinking of his smile, how cheerful he was, and how excited he was about his future.”

— Scott Jaschik

As Precaution, Clarkson Moves to Remote Learning

Feb. 10, 6:16 a.m. Clarkson University is shifting to distant studying “for the next few days” to “contact trace positive cases, follow thorough cleaning protocols and assess next steps.”

Athletics actions — together with practices and video games — “will pause” throughout this time.

The college stated these steps are being taken “as a precautionary measure.”

— Scott Jaschik

Feb. 9, 2:50 p.m. An enhance in COVID-19 circumstances that Calvin University officers described as “extraordinary” prompted the Michigan establishment to tighten its bodily distancing guidelines Monday.

The variety of lively circumstances involving on-campus students rose to 35 Tuesday, from 14 final Friday, in keeping with Calvin’s dashboard. Calvin began lessons final Tuesday, Feb. 2.

In a message to students, President Michael Le Roy described the “extraordinary uptick” as “alarmingly rapid.”

“We have also seen evidence of failure by some to adhere to our health and safety guidelines, including delays in reporting COVID-like symptoms and illness, elevated numbers of close contacts because of social gatherings, failure to remain six feet apart, and ignoring occupancy limits in common spaces,” Le Roy wrote.

The president stated Calvin would embrace “enhanced physical distancing,” through which students could not collect with their friends and lessons and athletic exercise could be decided case by case. All meals shall be takeout solely, and public seating in most campus buildings closed.

Le Roy’s message closed with what by now has grow to be a normal warning from directors across the nation: “We must reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community in order to persist in living and learning on campus together this semester.”

— Doug Lederman

Ohio State Updates Dashboard Features

Feb. 9, 6:16 a.m. Ohio State University, whose dashboard is one among 5 to obtain an A-plus rating from “We Rate COVID Dashboards,” has revised its dashboard. Ohio State beforehand had the newest 20 days of information. Now, it has all the information from the beginning of the pandemic up till right now.

“Users, for example, can still get to the various testing results by single day, seven-day average and cumulative for both students and employees by using the available filters. New with this version, users can view information compared over a significantly longer period of time,” stated Eric Mayberry, director of information and analytics in Ohio State’s Office of the Chief Information Officer and a creator of Ohio State’s dashboard.

The subsequent potential replace to the dashboard shall be vaccination information for the state of Ohio in addition to the college.

— Scott Jaschik

UMass Issues Stay-at-Home Order for two Weeks

Feb. 8, 6:24 a.m. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst ordered all students to “self-sequester” for 2 weeks.

“Self-sequestration means that students must stay in their residences, both on and off campus, except to get meals, undergo twice-weekly COVID testing, or to attend medical appointments. In addition, to minimize potential spread, students should refrain from travel from campus or outside the surrounding area,” stated an electronic mail message from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy.

The order got here because the college raised its risk stage from “elevated” to “high” danger amid a “surge” in COVID-19 circumstances.

“To many of you these may seem like drastic measures, but faced with the surge in cases we are experiencing in our campus community, we have no choice but to take these steps,” Subbaswamy stated.

— Scott Jaschik

UNC Gives Faculty the Right to Teach Online Until Feb. 17

Feb. 8, 6:13 a.m. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is beginning the semester right now however giving school members the fitting to show on-line till Feb. 17 within the wake of Saturday’s celebration of a males’s basketball win over Duke University.

The cause is that “hundreds of Carolina fans — many, presumably students — flooded Franklin Street to celebrate our men’s basketball victory over Duke. In any other year, this would be a typical, joyous occasion. Of course, this is not a typical year for our community. As we said in the chancellor’s statement last night, this type of behavior is unsafe during this pandemic and creates health risks for our entire community,” stated a college assertion.

The college “has already received hundreds of student conduct complaints. Those leads will be evaluated and students found to have violated our COVID-19 Community Standards will be subject to developmental or disciplinary action,” the assertion stated.

— Scott Jaschik

2 Berkeley Students Have COVID-19 Variant

Feb. 5, 6:15 a.m. Two students on the University of California, Berkeley, have examined optimistic for the variant of COVID-19 that’s way more contagious than the virus usually is, the Bay Area News Group reported.

There aren’t any indications that the students have been on campus, apart from testing. The students had not too long ago been exterior the United States.

The University of Michigan has 14 folks with the variant.

— Scott Jaschik

Salve Regina Orders Students to Shelter in Place

Feb. 4, 6:19 a.m. Salve Regina University ordered students to shelter in place from Wednesday evening till the morning of Feb. 16.

The college cited an increase in COVID-19 circumstances, but additionally student habits. The order is a “direct result of some students failing to comply with basic social gathering guidelines, and the seriousness of this situation cannot be overstated. Further spread of the virus within our campus community may compel Salve Regina to take additional measures, including the closing of campus.”

All lessons shall be held on-line.

— Scott Jaschik

Michigan Community College Cancels Sports Seasons

Feb. 3, 10 a.m. Kellogg Community College, in Michigan, on Wednesday grew to become the fifth two-year faculty within the state to stop competitors in a number of sports activities, given the affect of COVID-19 in its area.

The faculty introduced that it could decide out of league competitors in males’s and ladies’s basketball and volleyball, becoming a member of a number of friends which have made related selections.

College officers stated they’d thought-about a variety of things in making its resolution, together with state and nationwide steerage that limits bodily contact.

Those similar elements led the school to resolve that it could proceed to compete in males’s and ladies’s bowling, baseball, and ladies’s soccer.

— Doug Lederman

Linfield Resumes In-Person Classes After ‘Pause’

Feb. 3, 6:17 a.m. Linfield University, in Oregon, is resuming in-person lessons right now after a four-day “pause” ordered by the administration following an outbreak of COVID-19.

“Due to the diligence of the McMinnville, [Ore.], community in following established safety and health protocols, however, the cluster of cases was mostly confined to a single residence hall and the numbers remained small,” stated a university assertion.

Some students and college members don’t plan to return to the campus right now, in keeping with OPB News. They say the college ought to be on-line just for an extended time.

“Just thinking about the massive amounts of people who are dying from COVID — is there any amount of risk acceptable? You’re gambling with human lives,” stated Esmae Shepard, a freshman. “Linfield is not taking it seriously enough. They’re gambling with our lives, and I don’t find that acceptable.”

— Scott Jaschik

Villanova Sees Spike in COVID-19 Cases

Feb. 2, 6:19 a.m. Villanova University has warned students of a pointy rise in COVID-19 circumstances on campus, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The college had 186 lively circumstances as of Sunday.

“This weekend the COVID-19 dashboard numbers are higher than we have previously experienced,” the Reverend John P. Stack, vice chairman for student life, wrote to students Sunday. “Although we have the resources to manage the current situation, these numbers are not sustainable.”

Students returned to campus Jan. 25.

Father Stack warned that the semester will transfer on-line if the numbers do not come down.

— Scott Jaschik

Berkeley Warns of ‘Surge’ in COVID-19 Cases

Feb. 1, 6:19 a.m. The University of California, Berkeley, has warned students of a “surge” in COVID-19 circumstances.

“We are now seeing a need to quarantine more students because they were exposed to the virus,” the college stated. “Please help us to reverse this disturbing trend. It is critical and required by current public health orders, that you do not attend indoor gatherings — large or small — with people outside your household. Even if you think it is safe, it probably is not.”

According to the college’s dashboard, 44 folks examined optimistic this weekend. That’s 3.2 % of these examined. Since August, 546 folks have examined optimistic, or 0.4 % of these examined.

— Scott Jaschik

Student Caregivers More Likely to Consider Dropping Out

Jan. 29, 6:16 a.m. Students who’re caregivers are extra possible than different students to contemplate dropping out of faculty, in keeping with new polling by Gallup and Lumina.

Forty-two % of students pursuing affiliate levels care both for a kid or a father or mother. Twenty-four % of these in search of a bachelor’s diploma are dad and mom.

“College students who provide care to children or adults are far more likely than those who are not parents or caregivers to say they have considered stopping taking courses in the past six months, 44 percent to 31 percent,” says a Gallup abstract of the ballot. “The significant relationship between caregiving or parental responsibilities and consideration of pulling out of courses persists even after controlling for race, program level, age, gender, marital status, household income, and the amount of money taken out in loans.”

About 1 / 4 of caregiving students cite the pandemic for the explanation they consider dropping out.

— Scott Jaschik

Cornell Adjusts Testing Procedures

Jan. 28, 6:15 a.m. Cornell University on Wednesday introduced modifications in its COVID-19 testing procedures. University officers stated they have been happy with the low charges of an infection within the fall semester however needed to be taught from them.

During the autumn, most check outcomes have been obtainable inside 24 hours. In the spring, 80 % of check outcomes shall be obtainable 12 to 18 hours after assortment. The college will do that by making extra morning appointments than it has up to now, buying extra tools and hiring six extra employees members (on prime of 10 who have been doing the testing within the fall).

In addition, to discourage journey, all students could have one among their weekly checks on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

“We saw a lot of our positive cases in the fall linked to students who had left the Ithaca area and brought the virus back with them,” stated Ryan Lombardi, vice chairman for student and campus life. “Since we now know that travel is a high-risk activity, we are strengthening the approval process for any nonurgent travel outside of the region.”

— Scott Jaschik

Stay-at-Home Order for University of Michigan Students

Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m. Washtenaw County well being officers beneficial Wednesday that every one students on or close to the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus stay at residence for 2 weeks to assist gradual the unfold of COVID-19 — together with the extra simply transmitted variant that led to a shutdown of the college’s sports activities applications final weekend.

University officers supported the county’s advice.

Since the beginning of the winter time period, the college has recognized 175 COVID-19 circumstances amongst students, together with 14 of the B.1.1.7 variant that was first recognized in Britain.

“We are very concerned about the potential for this variant to spread quickly,” stated Jimena Loveluck, the county’s well being officer. “We are working closely with the university to take coordinated steps to control the current outbreak and understand the situation more fully.”

Students are being directed to remain of their residence corridor rooms or flats apart from important actions, which embody in-person lessons, medical appointments, choosing up meals, jobs that may’t be completed remotely and spiritual actions.

— Doug Lederman

Notre Dame de Namur Will Become Graduate, Online University

Jan. 27, 6:20 a.m. Notre Dame de Namur University will keep open however will grow to be “a primarily graduate and online university, potentially with undergraduate degree completion programs,” stated a letter from Dan Carey, the president of the college on Monday.

No new undergraduate students shall be admitted this yr, however new graduate students shall be admitted.

“The board has acted to continue operations based on a high degree of confidence that financial arrangements in progress to sell lands on the campus to a compatible organization will provide the operating funds required to see the university through to sustainability. The board’s endorsement reflects their confidence and vision for the future of NDNU, while being realistic and financially responsible. This past year NDNU has diligently explored ways to rebuild the university in order to become sustainable in the future. Essential to the plan was meeting the needs of the region by narrowing curricular focus, modifying existing programs, and developing new programs,” the letter stated.

In the autumn of 2019, the college had 795 undergraduates and 568 graduate students.

The college’s monetary issues predate the coronavirus however have been worsened by the pandemic.

— Scott Jaschik

St. Bonaventure President Still Hospitalized

Jan. 26, 6:18 a.m. Dennis DePerro, the president of St. Bonaventure University, has been hospitalized for COVID-19 since Dec. 29, the college introduced Monday.

“I know I speak for everyone in the Bonaventure family when I offer prayers for healing and strength to Dr. DePerro and his family at this difficult time,” stated John Sheehan, chair of the Board of Trustees.

Joseph Zimmer, the provost, is serving as appearing president.

— Scott Jaschik

Richmond, Charleston Warn About Parties

Jan. 25, 6:15 a.m. The University of Richmond and the College of Charleston are warning students concerning the risks of events.

The University of Richmond despatched students a letter Friday that stated students have been endangering in-person studying, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. University officers stated they have been conscious of two events within the final week.

The college has had 54 circumstances of COVID-19 in January.

The College of Charleston, in South Carolina, despatched out a tweet to students: “Over the past 72 hours, rates of COVID-19 transmission have been very high among our campus community. There have been several reports of large, non-socially distanced, unmasked gatherings throughout the day. There is zero tolerance for violating CofC’s COVID-19 protocols.”

— Scott Jaschik

University of Michigan Pauses All Sports Activity

Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ordered the University of Michigan on Saturday to stop all athletics exercise for as much as 14 days, after a number of folks linked to the athletics division examined optimistic for the extra transmissible varient of the novel coronavirus.

“While U-M has worked diligently on testing and reporting within state and Big Ten Conference guidelines, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is mandating a more aggressive strategy for this B.1.1.7 variant, which exceeds current program efforts designed around the standard form of the virus,” the college stated in a launch.

All athletes and coaches should instantly isolate till additional discover, as much as 14 days, the college stated. All athletic services shall be closed. All video games shall be canceled.

“Canceling competitions is never something we want to do, but with so many unknowns about this variant of COVID-19, we must do everything we can to minimize the spread among student-athletes, coaches, staff, and to the student-athletes at other schools,” stated Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics at Michigan.

— Lilah Burke

Brown Commencement Will Be In Person — Without Guests

Jan. 22, 6:09 a.m. Brown University introduced that its graduation, May 1-2, shall be in particular person, however that visitors won’t be welcome.

Christina H. Paxson, Brown’s president, stated she consulted with public well being specialists earlier than making the choice. There shall be stay webcasts for visitors.

“Should circumstances improve, we will consider relaxing restrictions, but we cannot plan for that uncertain outcome,” she stated.

— Scott Jaschik

Santa Rosa Extends Remote Instruction Through Summer

Jan. 21, 1:30 p.m. Santa Rosa Junior College introduced Thursday that it could lengthen distant studying and companies by way of summer time 2021, citing excessive COVID-19 an infection charges in Northern California. The faculty had introduced in August that it could conduct most lessons remotely this spring.

“While I do not make this decision lightly, it is clear to me that the current infection and mortality rates in Sonoma County are far too high to consider a full return to face-to-face instruction,” wrote Fred Chong, the school’s president/superintendent. “Other colleges and universities across the U.S. reopened for in-person classes too early and saw a dramatic increase in COVID infections. The safety of our students, employees and community members remains the top priority at SRJC and while we look forward to the day when we can come together again, we will not risk the health and wellness of our community to do so.”

Chong stated he hoped that the choice would give students and staff “a small bit of certainty in these uncertain times.”

— Doug Lederman

Rice Sued Over Online Education

Jan. 21, 6:14 a.m. A student at Rice University has filed a swimsuit towards the college saying the college shouldn’t have charged full tuition charges when many of the schooling was delivered on-line, The Houston Chronicle reported. The swimsuit seeks to be a category motion.

“Plaintiff and the members of the class have all paid for tuition for a first-rate education and on-campus, in-person educational experiences, with all the appurtenant benefits offered by a first-rate university. Instead, students like plaintiff were provided a materially different and insufficient alternative, which constitutes a breach of the contracts entered into by plaintiff with the university,” the swimsuit stated.

Students enrolled at Rice this fall for a mixture of in-person, hybrid and on-line programs. But many services — libraries, labs and school rooms — have been closed. The college boasts that it presents students “an unconventional tradition,” the swimsuit stated.

A Rice spokesman stated the college doesn’t touch upon litigation.

— Scott Jaschik

Alabama Sends 7,500 False Negative Results

Jan. 20, 6:15 a.m. The University of Alabama mistakenly despatched 7,500 electronic mail messages telling folks they’d examined damaging for COVID-19, reported.

A college assertion stated, “Yesterday afternoon a technical problem caused an automated UA COVID-19 (negative) test result email notification to be sent to more than 7,500 individuals. The technical problem was quickly identified and corrected. Everyone who received the message in error was notified directly via email with information and an apology.”

The assertion added that these whose check outcomes are optimistic are contacted by telephone.

— Scott Jaschik

Williams Tightens Rules for Students

Jan. 19, 6:18 a.m. Williams College has tightened the principles for students who’re coming to the campus for the spring semester, iBerkshires reported.

They should present proof of a latest, damaging COVID-19 check earlier than they arrive and are examined by Williams.

Marlene Sandstrom, dean of the school, despatched all students an electronic mail that stated, “This message is intentionally sobering. Because fall term went well, we have the sense that many students are now thinking spring will be similar or even easier. The very high number of students planning to study on campus in spring seems to support this. We absolutely do want everyone to have a good term, and are doing everything in our power to make it happen. But that also includes an obligation to give you a realistic sense of the challenges, so that you have enough information to decide for yourself if an on-campus spring is the right option for you.”

She famous that there won’t be outdoor social occasions, as there have been within the fall. Students dwelling on campus won’t be able to go to off-campus homes.

Sandstrom stated she and President Maud Mandel will announce quickly whether or not the spring semester will begin with on-line lessons.

— Scott Jaschik

Union College of New York Imposes ‘Campus Quarantine’

Jan. 18, 6:18 a.m. Union College of New York imposed a “campus quarantine” to take care of an elevated variety of COVID-19 circumstances one week after students returned to campus, The Daily Gazette reported.

The faculty has had 51 optimistic circumstances since Jan. 1.

President David Harris introduced a two-week quarantine. Students who stay on campus could not go away the campus with out permission. The faculty can also be rising its testing of students to twice weekly, extending mask-wearing necessities to dormitory rooms and limiting guests in residence halls.

— Scott Jaschik

Luther College Students Want to Work at Home

Jan. 15, 6:19 a.m. Students at Luther College, in Iowa, wish to end their winter quarter at residence, KCRG reported.

More than 700 students have signed a petition asking the school to vary its expectations. The students began the winter quarter, earlier than Christmas, taking lessons on-line, however the faculty desires them again this month to complete.

“After Christmas, I made a post that said something to the extent of, ‘Hey I am really nervous about going back to school, how are you guys feeling?’” Shannon Schultz stated. “And I got over 200 likes, which is sort of a huge number for Luther since there is close to a little under 1,800 students.”

But Jenifer Ward, the president at Luther, famous that native charges for COVID-19 infections are happening.

— Scott Jaschik

Central Oklahoma Shifts Start of Semester to Online

Jan. 14, 6:20 a.m. The University of Central Oklahoma, which had deliberate for face-to-face lessons this semester, is switching its plans for at the very least the primary two weeks. Most programs will now be on-line. Classes begin Jan. 19 and shall be on-line by way of Jan. 31.

“Campus facilities will remain open, including the library, campus housing, residential dining, Wellness Center and athletics locations. Most campus services will continue to offer in-person options, including enrollment, admissions and financial aid,” stated a college assertion.

“Campus operations will be reassessed prior to Feb. 1 to consider a return to in-person classes. The university is encouraging students, faculty and staff to continue reporting COVID-19 exposures and positive test results as well as practicing mitigation measures, including wearing a face mask, washing hands and social distancing when around others on and off campus,” stated the assertion.

— Scott Jaschik

Chaffey Cancels All In-Person Classes for the Spring

Jan. 13, 6:17 a.m. Chaffey College, a neighborhood faculty in California, has beforehand determined most of its programs could be on-line this spring. On Tuesday, the school introduced that every one lessons could be on-line, The Press-Enterprise reported.

Most of the lessons that had been scheduled for in-person instruction have been in biology, aviation upkeep, automotive expertise and well being care. The programs shall be canceled for the spring.

About 500 students shall be affected.

“This was a difficult decision for us because we know our students are anxious to return to the classroom,” Henry Shannon, the president and superintendent, stated in a press launch. “We need to exercise extreme caution for the sake of our students, faculty and staff. We look forward to returning to in-person instruction as soon as conditions improve.”

— Scott Jaschik

Rutgers President Has COVID-19

Jan.12, 6:15 a.m. Jonathan Holloway, the brand new president of Rutgers University, has COVID-19, he introduced Monday.

“I am fortunate; my symptoms are minimal and like a common cold,” he stated. “I will continue to self-quarantine and closely monitor any health changes. I will be paring back my schedule for the next 10 days in order to get proper rest at home and return to full health.”

— Scott Jaschik

Pitt Tells Students to Stay Home for Now

Jan. 11, 6:16 a.m. The University of Pittsburgh has lessons scheduled to start out subsequent week, however it’s telling students to remain the place they’re and never journey to campus till at the very least the final week in January.

“We continue to recommend that you remain where you are currently residing,” stated a letter from the college.

Classes will begin on-line and should shift — sooner or later — to face-to-face.

“To aid in planning, Pitt will provide notice at least two weeks before we advise that you travel to our campuses. Accordingly, the very earliest we will advise that you travel is sometime in the final week of January, and all Pitt students — whether or not you live in university housing — should not travel to the area prior to this time,” the letter stated.

— Scott Jaschik

CDC Study: In-Person Instruction Linked to Higher Rates of COVID-19

Jan. 8, 6:26 a.m. A research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, launched right now, in contrast the charges of COVID-19 publicity in counties with massive universities with distant instruction and with in-person instruction.

“U.S. counties with large colleges or universities with remote instruction (n = 22) experienced a 17.9 percent decrease in incidence and university counties with in-person instruction (n = 79) experienced a 56 percent increase in incidence, comparing the 21-day periods before and after classes started. Counties without large colleges or universities (n = 3,009) experienced a 6 percent decrease in incidence during similar time frames,” the research stated.

The research stated, “Additional implementation of effective mitigation activities at colleges and universities with in-person instruction could minimize on-campus COVID-19 transmission and reduce county-level incidence.”

— Scott Jaschik

Kutztown University President Has COVID-19

Jan. 8, 6:19 a.m. The president of Kutztown University, Kenneth Hawkinson, examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Thursday, WFMZ News reported.

His signs are delicate, and he’s working from residence.

— Scott Jaschik

UNC-Chapel Hill to Start Spring Virtually; Goucher to Remain Online

Jan. 7, 4:30 p.m. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill introduced Thursday that it’ll begin the spring semester as deliberate on Jan. 19 however will ship the primary three weeks of undergraduate instruction on-line due to the elevated risk of COVID-19.

“We are making these changes with the health of our campus and the community in mind,” stated a letter from Kevin M. Guskiewicz, the chancellor, and Robert A. Blouin, the chief vice chancellor and provost. “We have carefully analyzed the data and consulted with our campus public health and infectious disease experts, the chair of the faculty, the chair of the Employee Forum, the student body president, UNC Health, county health officials and the UNC System to inform these decisions.”

Chapel Hill joins a rising variety of faculties which can be both delaying the beginning of the semester, or making the primary weeks of the semester on-line.

Goucher College, in Maryland, went a step additional on Wednesday, asserting that it could stay absolutely digital this spring. Citing a statewide COVID-19 positivity charge of 9.5 % and a neighborhood charge of seven %, that are “well above the Return to Campus criteria we established last summer,” Goucher officers stated they’d made the “deeply disappointing” resolution.

“We wanted nothing more than to welcome everyone back to campus this spring,” wrote Kent Devereaux, the president. “However, our community’s health and well-being remain our highest priority. We cannot ignore the science and public health data that indicates a return to campus would not be in our community’s best interests.”

— Doug Lederman

Colorado Chancellor Has COVID-19

Jan. 7, 5:35 a.m. Phil DiStefano, chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder, has examined optimistic for COVID-19. So has his daughter.

DiStefano is experiencing delicate signs, and a college announcement stated he’s isolating at residence.

“I went with my family to participate in the campus monitoring program and am grateful we did,” DiStefano stated. “Without it, we may not have known we needed to complete diagnostic testing. We are participating in contact tracing, and I encourage our campus community to use the campus monitoring program.”

— Scott Jaschik

Howard President Produces Vaccination PSA

Jan. 6, 12:13 p.m. Howard University president Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick has produced a public service announcement aimed toward Black Americans on the significance of getting the coronavirus vaccine. Frederick, a training surgeon who lives with sickle cell illness, was one of many first to obtain the vaccine at Howard University Hospital.

“The coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on communities of color, and that narrative won’t change until we take the necessary steps to protect ourselves from exposure,” Frederick stated in a press launch.

The one-minute PSA from Howard, a traditionally Black college in Washington, D.C., will be watched right here.

— Elizabeth Redden

West Virginia Begins Vaccinating Faculty, Staff Over Age 50

Jan. 6, 11:38 am. West Virginia faculties and universities have begun vaccinations of college and employees who’re over age 50.

Although many universities have begun vaccinating employees in health-care roles, the state of West Virginia is early in starting vaccinations for school and employees extra broadly. The state contains each increased schooling school and employees and Ok-12 lecturers in Phase 1D of its vaccination plan.

Jessica Tice, a spokeswoman for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, stated 28 of the state’s 43 universities began vaccinating school and employees starting final week.

“The initial allocation for the higher education system was 1,000 total doses, to be given last week; 1,000 more doses were received by the higher education system today, to be given this week,” Tice stated through electronic mail on Tuesday. “Second doses will be provided per manufacturer’s recommendations. Colleges are responsible for following the guidelines for prioritization set by the state. Specifically, those receiving the vaccine in this first wave must be over 50-years-old and working on campus, or be in a high-risk position such as health sciences faculty or campus security.”

— Elizabeth Redden

BU and Holy Cross Play Basketball, With Masks

Jan. 6, 10:24 a.m. The males’s and ladies’s basketball groups from Boston University and the College of Holy Cross performed this week — with face masks on.

WCVB News reported that the lads’s sport is believed to be the primary through which each groups wore masks. BU requires sporting of masks at its athletic services. When the groups performed at Holy Cross, the Holy Cross gamers did not put on masks.

“We feel like we’re used to it a little bit now. We’ve been practicing with a mask on since September,” stated Jonas Harper, a BU junior. “We’ve been trying to get used to it more and more when we practice and play, so it’s kind of getting easier to play with it, but we’re all just happy to be playing in the first place. In the middle of the game, we really don’t recognize we’re using a mask in the first place.”

— Scott Jaschik

More Colleges Alter Start of Spring Term, Citing COVID Cases

Jan. 5, 4:30 p.m. Several extra faculties introduced Tuesday that they might both delay the beginning of their spring semesters or start the phrases with digital instruction, citing native or nationwide circumstances for COVID-19.

Among the establishments to behave:

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania stated it could start instruction as deliberate on Jan. 19, however that the primary three weeks of the time period could be delivered just about. The college “strongly encourages” students to delay their return to the general public college campus in western Pennsylvania till simply earlier than the Feb. 8 begin of in-person lessons. “Statewide cases remain high. The rollout of vaccines has been slower than anticipated. And the number of cases resulting from New Year’s gatherings won’t be clear for another two weeks,” the college’s assertion learn.
  • Nazareth College, in New York, stated Tuesday that it could delay the start of its spring semester till Feb. 1. “On February 1, we will resume our engaged learning experience for a full semester (with the same number of instructional days as usual), to conclude on May 12,” President Beth Paul stated in an electronic mail to students and staff. “We will continue with vigilant COVID-19 safety protocols so as to protect our in-person learning and on-campus experiences for our students. And we will continue to prepare proactively for engaging in the COVID-19 vaccination effort and emerging from the pandemic.”
  • Syracuse University introduced late Monday that it could delay the beginning of its spring time period by two weeks, to Feb. 8. “Starting our semester two weeks later best positions us to resume residential instruction in a manner that safeguards the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the Central New York community,” Syracuse officers stated.

— Doug Lederman

Wrestling Match Called Off Due to COVID-19 Exposure

Jan. 4, 6:14 a.m. A wrestling competitors between Hofstra and Lehigh Universities was referred to as off Saturday, moments earlier than it was to start out.

The trigger, in keeping with Lehigh’s athletics division, was “a positive COVID-19 test result among a member of Hofstra’s Tier 1 personnel.”

Tier 1 “is the highest exposure tier and consists of individuals for whom physical distancing and face coverings are not possible or effective during athletic training or competition. Examples of relevant individuals include student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, medical staff, equipment staff and officials.”

The match is unlikely to be rescheduled, the college stated.

— Scott Jaschik

Michigan Will Open Stadium for Vaccinations

Dec. 31, 6:21 a.m. The Big House, the well-known stadium for the University of Michigan soccer group, will open right now … for vaccinations, MLive reported.

The college hopes to supply a COVID-19 vaccine to a whole lot of Michigan staff and students who’re within the designated first group to obtain it.

— Scott Jaschik

President Trump Signs COVID-19 Bill

Dec. 28, 6:12 a.m. President Trump on Sunday evening signed a $900 billion invoice to offer coronavirus reduction to Americans, The Washington Post reported.

The invoice would give increased schooling $23 billion and would additionally simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid from 108 to 36 questions, let extra prisoners get Pell Grants and forgive $1.3 billion in loans to traditionally Black faculties.

The president had initially been anticipated to signal the invoice, as administration officers had been concerned in negotiations over it. But final week he repeatedly criticized it and created doubt over whether or not he would signal it.

He continued to make these criticisms after he signed the invoice, saying that he would ship Congress a redlined model of the invoice “insisting that those funds be removed from the bill.”

— Scott Jaschik

Chapman U President Has COVID-19

Dec. 23, 6:15 a.m. The president of Chapman University, Daniele Struppa, has COVID-19, he introduced in an electronic mail to the campus, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“I want to share the news that today I tested positive for COVID-19,” Struppa stated. “I am feeling tired and am resting at home, but overall, my symptoms are not extreme and currently limited to a slight fever and cough.”

He stated he’s working with contact tracers to establish anybody whom he could have contaminated. He possible obtained the virus from his 16-year-old daughter, who has additionally examined optimistic for it.

— Scott Jaschik

Penn State Will Delay In-Person Start of Semester

Dec. 21, 6:23 a.m. Pennsylvania State University will begin the spring semester on-line due to “extensive analysis and scenario planning given worsening virus conditions nationally and across the state indicating predictions of rising hospitalization rates in the coming weeks,” the college introduced Friday.

The college will begin lessons on-line on Jan. 19 and can proceed that approach till Feb. 12. On Feb. 15, lessons will transition to in particular person.

“While we know this creates a number of challenges for our community, we are very concerned with the current outlook across the country and the commonwealth and believe this is the most responsible way to begin our semester. Shifting to a remote start has been a scenario we have been preparing for by building flexibility into every level of our operations in order to prioritize our students’ academic achievement,” stated Penn State president Eric J. Barron.

The resolution is in step with the advice of the state’s Department of Education, which final week urged faculties to delay the beginning of their spring semesters.

— Scott Jaschik

Pennsylvania Urges Colleges to Delay Bringing Students Back

Dec. 18, 6:24 a.m. Pennsylvania appearing secretary of schooling Noe Ortega has urged faculties to delay the beginning of their spring semesters to February, as some faculties are already doing.

“We are seeing an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and these trends are expected to worsen in January at the time when students normally return to campus,” he stated. “Colleges and universities play a critical role in mitigating​ the spread of COVID-19 and creating safe learning environments for students. By delaying students’ return to campus, our institutions of higher learning can help slow the spread of the virus, help businesses to remain open, and protect regional health care systems.”

A press launch from the state’s Department of Education stated that “the number of cases among 19 to 24-year-olds in northcentral Pennsylvania spiked from 7 percent in April, when students were not on campus, to 69 percent in September, and in the northeast from 6 percent in April to 40 percent in September. Campuses are urged to evaluate their policies and circumstances and ensure the safety of their on-campus population while also promoting strong mitigation measures for off-campus students.”

— Scott Jaschik

U.S. College Student Sentenced to 4 Months in Prison in Cayman Islands

Dec. 18, 6:14 a.m. Skylar Mack, a premed student at Mercer University, has been sentenced to 4 months in jail within the Cayman Islands for breaking COVID-19 guidelines, the Associated Press reported. She has been in jail since Tuesday.

She arrived within the Cayman Islands in November and was imagined to be in quarantine for 2 weeks, however her boyfriend, who’s from the Cayman Islands, picked her as much as attend a water sports activities occasions. He was additionally sentenced to jail time.

Mack’s lawyer stated that they pleaded responsible however deserved a lesser sentence.

The Cayman Compass quoted Judge Roger Chapple as saying Mack’s actions mirrored “selfishness and arrogance,” including that she had spent seven hours out in public with out a face masks or social distancing.

— Scott Jaschik

Judson College May Close Unless It Receives Gifts

Dec. 17, 6:19 a.m. Judson College, a Baptist girls’s establishment in Alabama, could shut if it does not obtain sufficient items by Dec. 31.

Judson president W. Mark Tew stated the school has been damage by declining enrollment, the recession of 2008 and this yr’s COVID-19 pandemic.

Tew wrote to donors, “Should the school be unable to safe adequate assets by December 31, we’re planning to help our students with teach-out and switch choices. However, ought to the generosity of the school’s devoted household of donors attain specified targets by December 31, your faculty will proceed with the spring semester and look ahead to celebrating graduation on April 30, 2021.”

— Scott Jaschik

COVID-19 Cuts Student Drinking, Study Finds

Dec. 16, 6:18 a.m. COVID-19 has minimize student ingesting, a research has discovered.

The research, revealed in The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, stated that the important thing issue was — no shock right here — students have been once more dwelling with their dad and mom. The research was primarily based on interviews with 312 faculty students, largely juniors and seniors.

Student alcohol customers who switched from dwelling with friends to oldsters decreased the variety of days they drank per week, from 3.1 earlier than closure to 2.7 after. However, those that remained with friends elevated ingesting days from three to three.7 weekly, and people remaining with dad and mom elevated from two to three.3.

The complete variety of drinks per week for students who moved residence went from 13.9 to eight.5. Those persevering with to stay with friends drank primarily the identical quantity (10.6 drinks earlier than in contrast with 11 weekly after closure). Those who continued dwelling at residence drank nearly three drinks per week extra (6.7 earlier than versus 9.4 drinks weekly after closure).

— Scott Jaschik

Survey Finds Students Pleased With Educational Experience — With Some Caveats

Dec. 15, 6:18 a.m. Students are usually happy with the standard of schooling they’re receiving through the COVID-19 pandemic, in keeping with a survey by Gallup and the Lumina Foundation.

Among students in search of a bachelor’s diploma, 35 % ranked it as wonderful and 41 % stated it was superb. Among these in search of an affiliate diploma, 33 % rated their program as wonderful and 39 % stated it was superb.

But among the many students who have been largely or fully on-line, criticism emerged.

Among these in search of a bachelor’s diploma, 44 % stated it was barely worse and 16 % stated it was a lot worse. Among these pursuing an affiliate diploma, 40 % stated it was barely worse and 13 % stated it was a lot worse.

— Scott Jaschik

Ball State President Has COVID-19

Dec. 14, 6:15 a.m. Geoffrey Mearns, the president of Ball State University, has examined optimistic for COVID-19, The Muncie Star Press reported.

He is presently with out signs. He took the check earlier than he had deliberate to attend a soccer sport towards Western Michigan University. When he was notified of the end result, he instantly started to quarantine.

— Scott Jaschik

College Sports Has at Least 6,629 COVID-19 Cases

Dec. 11, 6:51 a.m. College sports activities has had at the very least 6,629 circumstances of COVID-19, in keeping with an evaluation by The New York Times.

The determine contains coaches and different staff. But the determine is actually low, because the Times was capable of collect full information for simply 78 of the 130 universities within the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest stage of faculty soccer.

The University of Minnesota had 336 circumstances in its athletic division, greater than some other college within the FBS.

— Scott Jaschik

Cal State Plans Fall Return to In-Person Classes

Dec. 11, 6:18 a.m. The California State University system, one of many first to announce that it could be primarily on-line for this educational yr, has introduced that it will likely be primarily in particular person within the fall.

“It’s critical that we provide as much advance notice as possible to students and their families, as we have done previously in announcing our moves toward primarily virtual instruction,” stated Cal State chancellor Timothy P. White. “While we are currently going through a very difficult surge in the pandemic, there is light at the end of the tunnel with the promising progress on vaccines.”

— Scott Jaschik

Collin College Switches to Online Instruction After Death of Professor

Dec. 10, 6:17 a.m. Collin College, in Texas, is switching to on-line instruction for the winter, following the dying of a professor.

Iris Meda got here out of retirement to show nursing after the pandemic began. Her colleagues have criticized the way in which Collin communicated her tragic dying from COVID-19.

Teaching within the fall has largely been in particular person.

The faculty didn’t cite Meda’s dying in asserting the change, however stated, “Collin College served more than 35,000 credit students during the fall 2020 semester while following safety protocols. Due to the recent regional surge in COVID-19 cases, the college is implementing changes to its master calendar over the next two months for the protection of students, faculty, and staff, including an extended closure for the winter break and a period for employees to telework during the winter season. Wintermester classes, which will be held Dec. 14-Jan. 6, now will be offered 100 percent online.”

The faculty additionally introduced that “while campuses are closed, the college will accelerate the installation of new air cleaning technologies that will virtually eliminate airborne contaminants, similar to those found in hospitals, at all 10 college facilities.”

— Scott Jaschik

Kentucky Suspends Fraternity for Breaking COVID-19 Rules

Dec. 9, 5:50 a.m. The University of Kentucky has suspended Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for 2 years for violating guidelines on COVID-19 and on ingesting, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The fraternity won’t be allowed to have conferences for 2 years, or to make use of its home.

It is unclear what COVID-19 guidelines have been damaged.

— Scott Jaschik

Arizona Ups Testing Requirements

Dec. 8, 6:16 a.m. The University of Arizona would require anybody visiting campus subsequent semester to have had a damaging COVID-19 check the earlier week, the Associated Press reported.

And students will not have the ability to entry the campus Wi-Fi community if they do not have a latest damaging check.

President Robert Robbins additionally stated he want to require the COVID-19 vaccine for anybody visiting the campus, with spiritual and medical exemptions. “I would very much like to see this be required for everyone who works and comes to campus as a student,” Robbins stated.

— Scott Jaschik

Protest of Florida’s Plans for the Spring

Dec. 7, 6:15 a.m. Students and college members spoke on the assembly Friday of the University of Florida Board of Trustees to protest plans for extra in-person instruction within the spring, The Gainesville Sun reported.

“The carelessness and the profiteering with which UF’s board has approached student well-being is morally reprehensible,” stated a third-year student.

“We believe that it’s not right to force faculty, staff and instructors who have pre-existing health conditions, to force them back in classrooms that are going to be inherently unsafe,” stated Paul Ortiz, chair of the college’s school union. “We see a lot of our students are not following COVID safety protocols.”

University officers defended the plans. “I fully understand and empathize with the anxiety,” stated David Nelson, Florida’s senior vice chairman of well being affairs. “But it’s not really backed up by the facts. We have done so much. We have so many contract tracers, we have so much testing. We have gone out of our way to make sure that our faculty and our staff and our students who come to this university, to get whatever kind of in-person or virtual education, are going to be safe.”

— Scott Jaschik

Boston University Students Use 4-Letter Words to Get Focus on Real Issues

Dec. 4, 6:23 a.m. Boston University students have used social media to get their fellow students’ consideration on sporting masks, hand washing and COVID-19 testing, The Boston Herald reported. Their message is helped by expletives.

The tag line for the marketing campaign is “F*ck It Won’t Cut It.”

“This is a dream for us. We would have never thought that we were noticed by the CDC as students,” stated Hannah Schweitzer, one of many students who labored on the marketing campaign. “This is crazy.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did discover. And the BU students introduced about it at a CDC occasion this week.

— Scott Jaschik

Chapel Hill Faculty Oppose Plans for Spring

Dec. 3, 6:18 a.m. Sixty-eight school members on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have revealed a letter in The Daily Tar Heel opposing the college’s plans for the spring.

The college plans to supply extra in-person lessons than it does now, and to require COVID-19 testing for these on campus.

“We call on UNC administrators to put public health first, to show courageous leadership and to accept the realities that the unchecked coronavirus has created for us all. Deciding now to go remote for the spring will allow students and their families time to plan for the spring semester. It will also save lives in communities across the state and nation until the pandemic is brought under control,” the letter says.

While the letter notes that there are higher plans in place than was the case for the autumn, when the college deserted plans to open, it says there are too many risks to renew operations.

The Herald-Sun reported that the college plans to have 20 % to 30 % of lessons in particular person.

— Scott Jaschik

Students File Class Action Suits Against Georgia Tech and U of Georgia

Dec. 2, 6:17 a.m. Students have filed class motion fits over the tutoring they paid final spring to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The two lawsuits, filed in state courtroom, say the students didn’t obtain the total academic expertise they anticipated after they paid their tuition. “You should not get the students’ money if you don’t provide the service,” Lee Parks, a lawyer representing the students, stated.

The University System of Georgia stated that it does not touch upon litigation.

— Scott Jaschik

Scott Atlas Quits White House Post

Dec. 1, 6:22 a.m. Dr. Scott Atlas right now resigned from his White House place advising President Trump on coronavirus points.

He posted his letter of resignation — with reward for the president’s efforts — on Twitter.

Atlas has been on go away as a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

The Faculty Senate at Stanford condemned Atlas for distorting the science concerning the coronavirus and downplaying its risks.

In September, he threatened to sue Stanford school members who had been talking out towards him.

— Scott Jaschik

College Runners Flock to Flagstaff During COVID-19 Pandemic

Nov. 30, 6:12 a.m. College runners in search of to pursue their sport through the pandemic are flocking to Flagstaff, an Arizona metropolis of 65,000 folks, AzBigMedia/Cronkite News reported.

Five members of Stanford University’s cross-country group relocated there to coach and to take their lessons on-line. Fourteen runners for the Johns Hopkins University group reside collectively, coaching and taking lessons on-line.

“We chose Flagstaff because it’s a great running town at high elevation with lots of remote trails and has a relatively low cost of living,” stated Liam Anderson, a sophomore on Stanford’s cross-country group.

— Scott Jaschik

Ontario Faculty and Students See Negative Impact of Online Education

Nov. 27, 6:23 a.m. Ontario school members and students say that widespread use of on-line schooling in response to COVID-19 has had a damaging affect on the standard of schooling.

Among school members, 76 % stated that on-line studying has “negatively impacted the quality of university education in Ontario,” in keeping with a survey by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

Among students, 62 % agreed.

— Scott Jaschik

Maine Sees Spike in COVID-19 Cases

Nov. 25, 6:14 a.m. The University of Maine system is seeing a spike in COVID-19 circumstances as students put together to go away campuses and end the semester remotely, The Bangor Daily News reported.

As a end result, students who’ve examined optimistic and people in shut contact with them will quarantine on their campuses by way of Thanksgiving.

Of the 84 present circumstances of COVID-19, 66 are on the Orono campus.

— Scott Jaschik

Professor at Ferris State on Leave Over Comments on COVID-19, Race and Religion

Nov. 24, 6:23 a.m. Thomas Brennan, an assistant professor of bodily science at Ferris State University, has been positioned on go away over his feedback on COVID-19 and different topics.

David L. Eisler, president of the college, stated in a letter to the campus, “Last week the university learned of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs made on Twitter that appear to be posted by Thomas Brennan … Individually and collectively we were shocked and outraged by these tweets. They are extremely offensive and run counter to the values of our university and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Our students, faculty, staff and members of the community are upset and offended by these comments, and they should be. As reported Dr. Brennan disrupted a College of Arts, Sciences and Education Zoom meeting last August. At this he expressed via video and chat that COVID-19 death rates in the United States were exaggerated, and the pandemic and rioting were leftist stunts. These comments both surprised and offended those attending the meeting. Dean Williams addressed this in a message to the College’s faculty and staff, and disciplined Dr. Brennan. On Thursday, Dr. Brennan was placed on administrative leave and an investigation is underway.”

In an announcement to the campus, Brennan stated, “This controversy started after I made a few statements in a College of Arts and Sciences meeting of faculty and staff about the COVID-19 pandemic. My statements were to the effect that I believe the COVID-19 pandemic is a stunt designed to enslave humanity and strip us of all of our rights and freedoms. I don’t believe that the pandemic is a hoax, people have died. But its severity is being exaggerated by revolutionary leftists in the media and government who ‘never let a good crisis go to waste.’ The end result of this hysteria, if unchecked, will be a mandatory vaccine. No one will be allowed into public places or permitted to buy food in a supermarket unless they present proof-of-vaccination. Initially, this electronic vaccination certificate will be tied to a person’s smartphone, but will soon after be in the form of injectable micro or nanotechnology in the vaccine itself. If this comes about it will truly be a fulfillment of the prophecy of the mark of the beast, as described by St. John the Apostle in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 13:16-17.”

He added, “Let me address a few of these tweets, starting with the one where I used the ‘n-word.’ I believe the ‘n-word’ is a mind-control spell designed to make us hate each other. I am not racist against black people, I love and respect them. But I reject the premise that there are certain magic words that should never be used in any context or by certain people. I uttered the word to try to neutralize its power, and its implied meaning in the context of the tweet was as a synonym for ‘human being,’ or ‘person,’ since I used it to describe people of different races.”

Brennan additionally stated within the assertion that the atom bomb and the moon landings have been “fake.”

His Twitter account is now personal.

— Scott Jaschik

College of Charleston Rejects Pass-Fail Grading

Nov. 23, 6:16 a.m. The College of Charleston has rejected pass-fail grades as a approach of relieving student stress through the pandemic, The Post and Courier reported.

Nearly 4,500 folks (about 45 % of all students) signed a petition asking for a pass-fail possibility.

“We recognize this decision will not be universally popular, but we also believe it is the right decision,” stated an electronic mail to students from Provost Suzanne Austin and Simon Lewis, speaker of the Faculty Senate. “Since classes began this past August, faculty have been encouraged to be flexible with their assignments, attendance policies and grading, and that flexibility has resulted in some very positive outcomes during a difficult time.”

— Scott Jaschik

St. Lawrence Moves Online

Nov. 20, 6:22 a.m. St. Lawrence University introduced that it’s transferring all lessons on-line for the remainder of the semester.

“As of November 19, we have completed 18,149 tests of students and employees. We learned of seven additional members of campus who have tested positive bringing our total number of active cases up to nine. Contact tracing is in process now,” stated a message to the campus.

The college additionally referred to as off all in-person student actions, together with athletic practices and competitions.

— Scott Jaschik

Tracking the Spikes in Changes to Colleges’ Fall Plans

Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m. More faculties have altered their fall educational plans within the final week than at any time since August, Inside Higher Ed‘s database and map of modifications in faculties’ fall reopening plans present.

The originator of the Inside Higher Ed venture, Benjy Renton, a senior at Middlebury College in Vermont, created the graphic at left that reveals what number of faculties modified their plans on a given date, in addition to a seven-day common.

In the final two weeks, intently monitoring each Halloween and the surge in COVID-19 circumstances that many communities across the U.S. are enduring, extra faculties altered their plans than at any time since mid-August, when many campus leaders pulled again on selections they’d made weeks earlier to reopen.

The modifications made within the final two weeks have largely concerned faculties ending in-person instruction and pivoting anew to distant studying forward of the Thanksgiving vacation, sooner than they’d deliberate.

— Doug Lederman

Judge Orders Miami U to Reinstate Students

Nov. 19, 6:26 a.m. A state choose ordered Miami University of Ohio to reinstate two students whom it had suspended for violating the college’s COVID-19 guidelines, WCPO reported.

Two girls sued for reinstatement and received a short lived restraining order.

Miami opposed the order, telling the choose, “It will indicate to plaintiffs and their classmates that they can flout university rules and regulations. That would be a particularly dangerous statement to send now, with cases rising at dramatic rates.”

But the ladies stated they weren’t in violation of the principles and solely got here exterior when ordered to take action by cops.

— Scott Jaschik

New Mexico State Men’s Basketball Team Relocates to Arizona

Nov. 18, 7:37 a.m. The males’s basketball group at New Mexico State University is relocating to Phoenix for 5 weeks, The New Mexican reported.

The transfer was as a result of the state’s well being tips don’t enable video games or exercises with greater than 5 folks.

The Aggies are believed to be the primary males’s basketball group on the faculty stage to relocate to a different state, however different groups in New Mexico are presently contemplating related strikes.

New Mexico State officers stated the price of rooms, services, meals and testing for the 5 weeks shall be about $79,000.

— Scott Jaschik

West Virginia U Moves to Online

Nov. 18, 6:21 a.m. West Virginia University introduced Tuesday that every one undergraduate schooling — besides some well being sciences programs — will transfer on-line Monday and Tuesday.

The college cited the rise in COVID-19 circumstances within the state and on campus.

“Now more than ever, we ask our students, faculty and staff to stay home and away from those outside of your immediate bubble as much as possible,” Carmen Burrell, medical director of WVU Medicine Student Health and Urgent Care, stated. “If you have to be out or travel, follow the safety guidance that has been put in place to protect you and others, especially our more vulnerable residents.”

— Scott Jaschik

Stanford Distances Itself From Views of Scott Atlas

Nov. 17, 6:23 a.m. Stanford University on Monday distanced itself from the views of Scott Atlas, a senior fellow on the Hoover Institution who’s presently on go away to work on the White House. Atlas has expressed views that run counter to the scientific consensus on management of COVID-19, and he has threatened to sue Stanford school members who criticized him.

Stanford’s assertion stated, “Stanford’s position on managing the pandemic in our community is clear. We support using masks, social distancing, and conducting surveillance and diagnostic testing. We also believe in the importance of strictly following the guidance of local and state health authorities. Dr. Atlas has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic. Dr. Atlas’s statements reflect his personal views, not those of the Hoover Institution or the university.”

— Scott Jaschik

Rice Uses Students to Run COVID-19 Court

Nov. 16, 6:12 a.m. Rice University has discovered a great tool for imposing its COVID-19 guidelines: a student-run courtroom.

The Texas Monthly reported that the COVID Community Court “has overseen dozens of cases in recent months, the vast majority, including that of the socializing scofflaws, set in motion by fellow classmates who have been encouraged by the university to report coronavirus-related misconduct that makes them feel unsafe. Friends have turned in friends, usually without advance warning, for failing to wear masks and maintain social distancing. Most tips are submitted anonymously online, and they often include photographic evidence or screenshots from Instagram stories. In many cases, the rule-breaking is accidental. When confronted with evidence of an infraction, the majority of students are cooperative and apologetic, court members say.”

Typical penalties given out by the students: “writing letters of apology, performing community service projects, meeting with advisers, or completing educational research papers about public health.”

— Scott Jaschik

Missouri Shifts Plans to All Online After Thanksgiving

Nov. 13, 6:30 a.m. The University of Missouri has shifted its plans and can not supply in-person lessons after Thanksgiving, The Kansas City Star reported.

Students are being requested to go residence for Thanksgiving and never return till January.

“We believe these actions will support our community, and will provide the best path forward for our university’s return to in-person learning in the spring semester,” Mun Choi, the Columbia campus’s chancellor and president of the University of Missouri’s four-campus system, stated in a letter.

— Scott Jaschik

King’s College Will Go All Online

Nov. 13, 6:24 a.m. King’s College, in Pennsylvania, will go all on-line after right now’s lessons.

The faculty additionally suspended National Collegiate Athletic Association athletics and intramurals.

— Scott Jaschik

Ivy League Calls Off Winter Sports Season

Nov. 12, 6:50 p.m. The Ivy League stated late Thursday that it could cancel its winter sports activities season due to the persevering with affect of the COVID-19 pandemic, changing into the primary convention that performs Division I males’s and ladies’s basketball to make that decision.

An announcement from the league stated the choice was made by the presidents of the league’s eight universities. The reported resolution comes lower than two weeks earlier than the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I basketball season was set to start.

The league was the primary main convention to name off its fall sports activities season as nicely. Ivy officers additionally stated Thursday that the convention won’t conduct competitors for fall sports activities through the upcoming spring semester, because it had stated it’d. The league additionally stated that its members would postpone any spring sports activities at the very least till the top of February.

“The unanimous decisions by the Ivy League Council of Presidents follow extended consideration of options and strategies to mitigate the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, an analysis of current increasing rates of COVID-19 — locally, regionally and nationally — and the resulting need to continue the campus policies related to travel, group size and visitors to campus that safeguard the campus and community,” the assertion learn.

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The Ivies’ resolution comes as the autumn soccer season has been more and more interrupted by cancellations associated to mounting coronavirus circumstances, and only a day after the University of Miami and Stetson University referred to as off their opening basketball sport.

— Doug Lederman

Students Rate Online Learning This Fall as Somewhat Better Than within the Spring

Nov. 12, 1 p.m. Undergraduates who’re finding out on-line this fall charge their studying expertise as modestly higher than what they encountered final spring — with higher ranges of satisfaction amongst students who see their instructors taking steps to know and have interaction them, in keeping with a brand new survey of three,400 undergraduates within the U.S. and Canada.

The survey by Top Hat, whose courseware platform is utilized by about 750 faculties, additionally finds that just about three-quarters of students who say their instructors are meaningfully interacting and interesting with them say they’re more likely to return for the spring semester, in comparison with lower than two-thirds of students who disagree that their professors are doing so.

The survey’s findings are a combined bag for faculties at a time when lots of them are being compelled, once more, to shift to digital fairly than in-person studying.

Students nonetheless overwhelmingly say they like in-person to on-line studying, with 68 % believing they aren’t studying as successfully as they might have had they been in particular person. Roughly three-quarters of respondents say their on-line programs lack an enticing expertise throughout class classes and direct interplay with friends and professors.

But students rated their fall programs as considerably extra partaking and interactive than was true in the same survey Top Hat carried out within the spring.

In the spring, 53 % of responding students stated they did not have common entry to their instructors, and 69 % stated they lacked engagement with their friends. This fall, these figures had dropped to 48 % and 65 %, respectively.

— Doug Lederman

King’s College Will Go All Online

Nov. 13, 6:24 a.m. King’s College, in Pennsylvania, will go all on-line after right now’s lessons.

The faculty additionally suspended National Collegiate Athletic Association athletics and intramurals.

— Scott Jaschik


Miami U Students Sue Over COVID-19 Punishments

Nov. 12, 6:20 a.m. Two students at Miami University of Ohio have sued the college in federal courtroom saying that Miami suspended them primarily based on “erroneous” info, WCPO reported.

The students have been suspended primarily based on their having hosted an off-campus social gathering on Aug. 26. The Oxford, Ohio, police cited them for violating metropolis ordinances prohibiting noise and mass gatherings.

Miami officers primarily based their actions on the Oxford police. But Miami solely despatched out details about new guidelines 5 days after Aug. 26, the swimsuit says.

Miami officers didn’t reply to a request by WCPO for remark.

— Scott Jaschik

Allegheny Requires All Employees to Take 2-Week Furlough

Nov. 11, 6:20 a.m. Allegheny College is requiring all staff to take a two-week furlough between Dec. 14 and June 30, The Erie Times-News reported.

“Allegheny College has made the difficult decision to implement a mandatory two-week furlough program for college employees, a direct result of the continued financial impact the global pandemic has had on the college’s revenues and expenses,” President Hilary Link stated in an announcement. “Unfortunately, we have come to a determination that such temporary furloughs are an important step in our work to keep the college strong into the future.”

Employees shall be eligible for unemployment compensation for his or her weeks on furlough.

— Scott Jaschik

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Sees Surge in Cases

Nov. 10, 6:23 a.m. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo skilled its largest surge in COVID-19 circumstances on Wednesday, after which on Thursday, after which on Friday as nicely, The Tribune reported.

Last week, the college added 130 student circumstances, elevating its complete variety of optimistic checks from 280 to 410. As of Friday, 596 students are in quarantine, and 66 are isolating.

President Jeffrey Armstrong emailed the campus, “We want to reiterate how critically important it is that each member of our campus community exercise personal responsibility in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. What you do matters, and can make things better or worse for everyone.”

— Scott Jaschik

Clemson to Expand Testing to Nearby Colleges

Nov. 9, 6:18 a.m. Clemson University has constructed an on-campus COVID-19 testing facility and can quickly increase companies to high schools and different organizations close by, The Greenville News reported.

Currently, it could check 2,500 samples a day however is anticipating to double that quantity by mid-November. Eventually, the lab will have the ability to conduct 9,000 checks a day.

When it reaches that stage, it would supply to check students at close by neighborhood faculties, corresponding to Tri-County Technical College.

— Scott Jaschik

Students at British University Tear Down Fences

Nov. 6, 6:23 a.m. Students on the University of Manchester, in Britain, awoke in a COVID-19 lockdown to search out that fences had been put up round a few of their residence halls. The BBC reported that the students responded by tearing down the fences.

One administration student, who requested to not be recognized, stated, “Morale is really low; we’re really disappointed we didn’t hear about this beforehand and about the fact it went up without any explanation. They’re huge metal barriers; they’re connected to one another and there’s literally no gaps.”

The college apologized. Nancy Rothwell, president and vice chancellor, issued an announcement that stated, “The fencing was intended as a response to a number of concerns received over recent weeks from staff and students on this site about safety and security; particularly about access by people who are not residents. There was never any intent to prevent students from entering or exiting the site. The fences are being taken down from Friday morning and students are being contacted immediately. Alternative security measures, including additional security patrols, are being put in place. I apologize once again for the issues caused by this incident.”

— Scott Jaschik

50 Presidents Call for Research Support During COVID-19

Nov. 5, 6:28 a.m. Fifty presidents of schools and universities, all members of the Council on Competitiveness, have issued an open letter in Science calling for the federal authorities to take care of analysis help through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As colleges and universities across the nation make difficult decisions to advance their vital missions this fall, the $55 billion in federal support for university-performed R&D (i.e., on-campus research) is at risk. Maintaining the strength of the U.S. research enterprise — the same research enterprise that has enabled the rapid sequencing of the COVID-19 genome and launched numerous treatment and vaccine studies — must be a national priority,” the letter says.

“We cannot afford to shut down critical projects with long-term national benefits or to postpone projects that provide the hands-on graduate and undergraduate student research experiences necessary to train the next generation of scientists and engineers. In these difficult times, we call upon the federal government to provide the leadership, critical funding, and programmatic flexibility necessary to enable the nation’s colleges and universities to continue the U.S. commitment to research, exploration, and new knowledge creation that will power our economy and provide opportunity for all,” the letter says.

— Scott Jaschik

Protest Over Florida’s Plan to Open Campus

Nov. 3, 6:15 a.m. Faculty members and graduate students held a protest on the University of Florida over the establishment’s plan to supply the identical variety of lessons within the spring as have been provided final spring, The Gainesville Sun reported.

The protest was held exterior the president’s residence and featured a graduate student dressed because the Grim Reaper.

“People shouldn’t have to choose between their livelihood and their lives,” stated Ara Hagopian, a graduate student and organizing chair with Graduate Assistants United.

Currently, 35 % of lessons are both absolutely face-to-face or provided in a hybrid format.

Provost Joe Glover stated in an electronic mail to deans that the college is transferring towards “extra strong” in-person lessons for the spring 2021 semester and every faculty ought to schedule at the very least as many face-to-face lessons as got final spring.

— Scott Jaschik

Skidmore Suspends 46 Students

Nov. 2, 6:20 a.m. Skidmore College suspended 46 students for violating the school’s COVID-19 guidelines, News10 reported.

Skidmore stated investigations into different stories of “unacceptable behavior” are ongoing and the school “urged all students to follow the guidelines they agreed to in order to bring the semester to a successful close.”

— Scott Jaschik

Assumption Locks Down Campus

Oct. 30, 6:25 a.m. Assumption University locked down its campus this morning and can stay locked down for at the very least one week, CBS Boston reported.

Assumption cited an increase in COVID-19 circumstances.

All lessons shall be on-line. Students will solely be allowed to go away their residence corridor, ground or residence to select up meals, for medical emergencies or twice-per-week COVID-19 testing.

— Scott Jaschik

Duquesne Suspends All Greek Activities

Oct. 29, 6:15 a.m. Duquesne University has suspended all Greek exercise on the campus due to “repeated and egregious” violations of COVID-19 guidelines, KDKA reported.

A letter to Greek organizations stated that members held gatherings over the 25-person indoor restrict and threw events that violated each coronavirus insurance policies and “more typical conduct standards.” It additionally stated that members of sororities and fraternities have been intentionally deceptive in an try to restrict contact tracing. “At a time when the university and, indeed, our region needed you most to live the values you espouse, as a system you failed to do so. Furthermore, you deliberately persisted in behaviors known to endanger people,” the letter stated.

— Scott Jaschik

CDC Report Examines a Campus Sports Outbreak

Oct. 28, 4:35 p.m. A report revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday examines a COVID-19 outbreak that affected greater than a 3rd of the 45 members of an unidentified Chicago-area college’s males’s and ladies’s soccer groups this fall.

The report discovered that the college introduced athletes again to its campus in June and required two damaging checks earlier than they might take part in group actions. In August one member of the lads’s group reported COVID-like signs to a coach, and stated he had attended a celebration and an unsanctioned soccer match involving the lads’s and ladies’s groups within the previous two weeks.

The CDC interviewed all 45 athletes and concluded that there had been 18 social gatherings (along with the student soccer sport) through the two-week interval. Several of the gatherings have been seen because the possible spreading incidents, at which comparatively little masks sporting was reported.

“This outbreak highlights challenges to implementation of prevention strategies associated with persuading students at colleges and universities to adopt and adhere to recommended mitigation measures outside campus,” the CDC report stated. “University protocols mandated mask use during training sessions, and coaching staff members reported universal compliance. However, multiple students reported inconsistent mask use and social distancing at social gatherings, which quickly negated the benefits of pretraining testing, on-campus mask use, and social distancing prevention measures.”

— Doug Lederman

Bethune-Cookman, Keuka Go Virtual for Rest of Fall Term

Oct. 28, 3:45 p.m. Private faculties in Florida and New York introduced this week that they might full the remainder of the autumn time period with all digital instruction.

Bethune-Cookman University, in Daytona Beach, Fla., stated in a letter to students and staff Monday that right now could be the final day of in-person instruction and that it could full the final three weeks of the autumn time period just about. Officials cited a spike in COVID-19 and a need to “begin reducing the on-campus density for the remainder of the fall semester.” Bethune-Cookman’s president, E. LaBrent Chrite, inspired the traditionally Black establishment’s students to “expedite their planned departure from campus beginning this week,” if they can, however stated they might stay on campus by way of Nov. 20. Those who stay will function underneath a shelter-in-place order and a curfew.

Bethune-Cookman additionally grew to become the primary establishment within the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I to cancel competitors for the remainder of the 2020-21 educational yr.

“The recent spike in COVID-19 positivity rates in the state, across Volusia County and on our campus, provides clear and unambiguous evidence, in our view, that now is simply not the time to resume athletic competition,” Chrite wrote. “While the decision to opt out of spring competition is the only responsible one for us at this time, it was not made lightly. We know that this decision greatly impacts our student athletes, our coaching staff, our Marching Wildcats and others.”

Keuka College, in New York’s Finger Lakes area, started the autumn semester with in-person instruction however shifted to digital studying three weeks in the past when COVID circumstances emerged after a “non-sanctioned off-campus gathering,” the school stated in a discover Monday.

Although officers stated that the variety of circumstances had fallen from a excessive of 70 on Oct. 15 to a few dozen now, they “decided continuing the remote-learning model is the safest course of action,” the announcement stated.

Keuka stated that students who return residence shall be eligible for a room and board credit for the remainder of the time period, and that students who cannot go away can stay.

— Doug Lederman

Wyoming President Sheltering in Place

Oct. 28, 6:21 a.m. Ed Seidel, president of the University of Wyoming, will shelter in place for 14 days as a result of he was at an occasion with somebody who was subsequently identified with COVID-19. Thus far, Seidel has examined damaging for the virus.

“I have worked to follow the guidelines and requirements for face protection and physical distancing while becoming acquainted with the UW community and our state during my first months as president,” Seidel stated. “I take seriously my own responsibility to model the conscientious behavior that I have asked our students, faculty and staff to follow. While my contact with the individual who unfortunately tested positive did not meet the standard for me to be officially quarantined by the Department of Health, I’m going to work from home during the 14 days following the known exposure because I feel strongly that it is my responsibility to lead through example. As COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly around the nation and in Wyoming, it is important that we take every precaution to limit the spread of the virus.”

— Scott Jaschik

Political Divide Over Colleges’ Fall Reopenings

Oct. 27, 5:20 p.m. The American public is split over nearly all the things — so why would not it’s divided over whether or not faculties and universities ought to have introduced students again to their bodily campuses this fall?

A survey launched by the Pew Research Center this week finds Americans cut up down the center on the query of whether or not faculties which can be offering “in-person instruction did/did not make the right decision bringing students back to campus this fall.”

Fifty % of these surveyed by Pew stated faculties made the fitting name — whereas 48 % stated they didn’t. But as will most likely shock nobody, the proportions look very totally different by political social gathering. Almost three-quarters of Republicans (74 %) stated that faculties and universities that opened their campuses for in-person instruction made the fitting resolution, whereas greater than two-thirds of Democrats (68 %) stated the establishments have been unsuitable to open.

The survey additionally sought respondents’ views concerning the validity of on-line schooling, which many students are encountering even when they’re bodily on campus this fall.

Asked whether or not a course taken solely on-line supplies equal academic worth (or not) to a course taken in a classroom, fewer than one in three Americans (30 %) says it does — whereas 68 % say on-line programs are inferior. Respondents with a bachelor’s diploma have been probably (75 %) to say an internet course does not measure up, in comparison with 64 % of these with a highschool diploma or much less.

And Americans proceed to be deeply divided concerning the state of upper schooling usually (although no person is all that proud of it).

A majority of respondents to the Pew ballot (56 %) stated that the U.S. increased schooling system goes within the unsuitable path, whereas 41 % stated it’s stepping into the fitting path.

While half of Democrats (49 %) say increased schooling goes in the fitting path and the identical proportion say it is heading within the unsuitable path, a full two-thirds of Republicans (66 %) say it’s going within the unsuitable path.

— Doug Lederman

U of Vermont Freezes Tuition, Room and Board for All Students

Oct. 27, 6:21 a.m. The University of Vermont introduced an entire freeze on tuition, room and board — for all students, undergraduates and graduates, in-state and out-of-state, on Monday.

The college froze tuition final yr, however President Suresh Garimella cited COVID-19 as a cause to increase it.

Garimella can even advocate a discount within the student complete payment and the postponement of a beforehand accepted enhance of $140 for the multipurpose middle, even whereas substantial facility enhancements for recreation and wellness are underway.

And he introduced a marketing campaign to boost $150 million — for which $18 million has already been raised — for monetary help for students.

— Scott Jaschik

Bucknell Warns Students to Remain in Place

Oct. 26, 6:23 a.m. Bucknell University instructed students to stay of their rooms this weekend, apart from getting meals, reported.

The college acted after confirming seven COVID-19 circumstances.

President John Bravman emailed all students, “Return to your room (or off-campus residence) and remain in place. You may leave your residence for meal service or emergencies (such as a fire alarm).” He specified that every one occasions scheduled for Sunday could be digital.

— Scott Jaschik

University of Dayton Freshman Dies of COVID-19 Complications

Oct. 23, 2 p.m. An 18-year-old freshman on the University of Dayton died yesterday, reportedly of COVID-19-related problems.

The Roman Catholic college in Ohio introduced the dying of Michael Lang, a first-year student in its College of Arts and Sciences, in a message right now addressed to students, school members and employees members. Lang was from LaGrange, Ill.

He died after a protracted hospitalization “apparently due to complications from COVID-19,” in keeping with the message. Lang left campus Sept. 13 “to return home for remote study,” it stated.

“We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family, friends, professors and our campus community,” stated the message, signed by Eric F. Spina, the college’s president, William M. Fischer, its vice chairman for student growth, and Crystal Sullivan, its government director of campus ministry. “Campus ministers, housing and residence life, and counseling staff are always available for you and for those you know who may be deeply affected by this loss.”

The college invited campus neighborhood members to mild a candle of remembrance and pray for Lang in its chapel this afternoon.

Students moved into University of Dayton residences over two weeks beginning Aug. 8. The college has since seen a number of spikes and declines in COVID-19 circumstances detected, transferring between totally different campus statuses indicating various ranges of outbreak containment and transitioning between in-person and distant studying.

The college’s COVID-19 dashboard lists 42 lively circumstances and 1,368 recovered circumstances as of Oct. 22. It covers a interval starting Aug. 10.

No extra info is out there at the moment, in keeping with Cilla Shindell, the college’s government director of stories and communications.

Lang is at the very least the third faculty student reported to have died from COVID-19 or associated problems this fall. Chad Dorrill, a 19-year-old sophomore finding out to grow to be a bodily therapist at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, died Sept. 28. Jamain Stephens, a 20-year-old senior who performed defensive deal with on the soccer group at California University of Pennsylvania, died Sept. 8.

— Rick Seltzer

Michigan State to Increase In-Person Classes within the Spring

Oct. 23, 6:23 a.m. Michigan State University on Thursday introduced the primary steps towards a spring semester that can characteristic extra lessons in particular person than this semester, however nonetheless far fewer than regular.

“In the fall, only about 40 in-person classes were offered at MSU. This spring, we expect to offer about 400 in-person educational experiences. We will prioritize offering classes that can only be taught in person in order to keep our students on track for an on-time graduation. To protect the health and wellness of the community, most classes still will be offered only as online courses,” stated a letter from Samuel L. Stanley Jr., the president.

In addition, he introduced that about 2,500 extra single-occupancy residence corridor areas shall be obtainable for individuals who need or should be on campus.

— Scott Jaschik

Medical Colleges Call for National Strategy on Testing

Oct. 22, 6:43 a.m. The Association of American Medical Colleges on Thursday referred to as for a nationwide technique on COVID-19 testing.

“Seven months after the onset of the pandemic, COVID-19 cases continue to increase in most states and in the nation’s capital,” stated David J. Skorton, AAMC president and CEO. “At the same time, current testing levels for the SARS-CoV-2 virus are inadequate in identifying the actual number of individuals infected and in suppressing the potential spread of the virus in our country.”

The AAMC’s key level is to name for “a clear and transparent national testing strategy with specific methods to calculate diagnostic and screening testing targets, and a mandate that each state implements the standards the same way.”

Every particular person with signs and each particular person in shut contact with those that have COVID-19 ought to be examined, the AAMC says.

In addition, the AAMC referred to as for screening checks for “every person who enters a health care facility for an inpatient admission or outpatient surgery.” And it referred to as for “routine testing of every K-12 teacher, all health care providers in hospital settings, and first responders (including law enforcement officers, paramedics, and EMTs).” It additionally referred to as for the nation to “conduct a strategic sampling of incarcerated individuals, residents and staff in homeless shelters, and residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.”

— Scott Jaschik

Chapman University Opens for In-Person Instruction

Oct. 22, 6:27 a.m. Chapman University opened for in-person instruction for the primary time this semester, The Orange County Register reported.

Students have the choice of returning or of continuous with on-line instruction.

About 35 % of students got here again to campus for in-person studying.

— Scott Jaschik

Binghamton Resumes In-Person Classes Today

Oct. 22, 6:20 a.m. Binghamton University, of the State University of New York, is resuming lessons right now after a two-week pause resulting from COVID-19 circumstances.

President Harvey Stenger stated, “All of us at Binghamton can be proud of what we have accomplished. We have been successful because everyone did their part, something that typifies a campus that comes together to solve challenges.”

On Wednesday, 787 people had been examined for COVID-19, with just one optimistic end result.

— Scott Jaschik

Oops: ‘Significant Outbreak’ in Study Abroad Program Isn’t Quite as Significant

Oct. 21, 1:45 p.m. The University of Dallas introduced Monday that two-thirds of the students in its research overseas program in Rome had contracted COVID-19, with its officers expressing “deep sadness and disappointment” over the “significant outbreak.”

Late Tuesday, the college made one other announcement: the Italian authorities tousled and the outbreak, whereas nonetheless unhealthy, is not almost as important as initially described.

“There are no words to excuse the unforgivable error committed yesterday by our laboratory,” the Italian well being company instructed Dallas officers (in Italian) in a letter Tuesday. Instead of there having been 52 optimistic checks and 26 damaging ones among the many 78 students, as Peter Hatlie, dean and director of Dallas’s Rome program, was initially instructed, the numbers have been flipped, and 26 students have been optimistic and 52 damaging, Hatlie wrote.

“We are of course relieved and reassured that the number of positive cases is some 40% lower within our community than reported yesterday,” Hatlie wrote.

“As of the writing of this letter, I am in contact with the local health authority to understand the implications of these corrected figures for student and staff mobility in the coming days. Despite their egregious if uncharacteristic miscarriage of duty in recent days, we still need to seek guidance from them in this regard and other respects, including the prospect of follow-up testing, for it is their legal responsibility to protect all citizens and visitors within their jurisdiction. More on this and related issues when that information becomes available.”

— Doug Lederman

St. John Fisher Goes Online for Rest of Semester

Oct. 21, 6:25 a.m. St. John Fisher College, in Rochester, N.Y., introduced Tuesday that it could go all on-line for the remainder of the semester.

“While the number of confirmed cases does not meet the New York State threshold that would require us to take further action, we remain focused on the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and the surrounding community. Therefore, we have decided to transition to remote instruction for the remainder of the fall semester,” the school stated.

Classes are canceled tomorrow and Friday and can resume — on-line — Monday.

The faculty has had 52 confirmed circumstances since Oct. 10, The Democrat & Chronicle reported.

— Scott Jaschik

Michigan Receives Stay-at-Home Order

Oct. 20, 3:01 p.m. The University of Michigan is topic to a stay-at-home order (with exceptions) from its county well being workplace for the following two weeks, The Detroit Free Press reported.

Sixty-one % of the COVID-19 circumstances within the county through which the college is situated are from its students.

The college introduced it’s shifting extra lessons to on-line solely.

Students shall be permitted to go away their residences just for sure actions, together with to go to class, to get meals, to get medication or search medical therapy, to get examined for COVID-19, or to vote.

— Scott Jaschik

Athletic Cuts at East Carolina

Oct. 20, 6:25 a.m. The athletics program at East Carolina University has introduced pay cuts and furloughs for the complete athletic division.

  • Football and males’s basketball head coaches could have their base salaries quickly minimize by 20 %.
  • Baseball and ladies’s basketball head coaches could have their base salaries quickly minimize by 15 %.
  • Coaches and employees members making higher than or equal to $100,000 could have their salaries minimize by 12 %.
  • Coaches and employees members making $50,000 to $99,999 could have their salaries quickly minimize by 10 %.
  • Coaches and employees members making beneath $50,000 shall be furloughed for 12 days.
  • A bunch of staff shall be on an prolonged furlough starting from six weeks to 35 weeks.

— Scott Jaschik

Louisville Shortens Spring Break

Oct. 20, 6:15 a.m. The University of Louisville has shortened spring break from the traditional week to 2 days, The Louisville Courier Journal reported.

Many universities with students on campus have eradicated spring break, fearing that students would journey and return to campus with COVID-19. But Louisville officers imagine that students will want some break through the semester. They hope to discourage journey by shortening the break.

— Scott Jaschik

Lafayette Suspends Athletics, Closes Buildings

Oct. 19, 6:15 a.m. Lafayette College suspended athletic actions and in-person eating and closed a number of buildings on account of a COVID-19 outbreak on the faculty, Lehigh Valley Live reported.

Seven students have been detected with COVID-19.

Before that, Lafayette had not skilled any main COVID-19 outbreaks.

— Scott Jaschik

Saint Augustine’s University President Dies Due to COVID-19 Complications

Oct. 16 1:45 p.m. Irving McPhail, president of Saint Augustine’s University, died yesterday resulting from COVID-19 problems.

McPhail quarantined after studying he’d been in touch with somebody exterior the college who examined optimistic for COVID-19. He obtained a optimistic COVID-19 check end result about 10 days in the past, in keeping with James Perry, chairman of the college’s board. McPhail later developed signs together with complications and a fever, and he was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator, Perry stated.

One of McPhail’s employees members additionally examined optimistic for the virus however has recovered and is again at work. Two Saint Augustine’s students have examined optimistic for COVID-19 because the starting of the autumn semester, and each have recovered, Perry stated.

Maria Lumpkin, vice chairman and chief of employees at Saint Augustine’s, has stepped in as interim president.

Saint Augustine’s is a non-public traditionally Black college in Raleigh, N.C. It enrolled about 900 undergraduates as of final fall. McPhail solely grew to become the college’s president in July. He was beforehand the sixth president and CEO on the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., the founding chancellor on the Community College of Baltimore County, president at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and president at Lemoyne-Owen College.

— Emma Whitford

Goshen Puts Athletics on Hold Due to COVID-19

Oct. 16, 6:30 a.m. Goshen College, in Indiana, has paused all athletic actions for every week, resulting from “a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases.”

The health middle can even be closed.

“While we understand this isn’t what any of us want, it is necessary to keep all of our student-athletes and our campus as safe as possible,” wrote Erica Albertin, interim athletic director, and Gilberto Perez Jr., vice chairman for student life and dean of students. “Your health is our guiding concern, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who are in isolation or quarantine.”

— Scott Jaschik

Chicago Business School Goes Online After Students Attend Party

Oct. 15, 6:25 a.m. The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business goes online-only for 2 weeks as a result of a big group of students attended a celebration off campus, and a few of these students examined optimistic for COVID-19, CBS Chicago reported.

More than 100 students within the full-time M.B.A. program have been on the social gathering. All of these students are actually in quarantine.

“Not a good look for them. Not a good look for the university,” stated a Chicago student, Daniel Simon.

— Scott Jaschik

Oct. 14, 6:21 a.m. The University of Florida paused its soccer program resulting from 19 gamers having COVID-19, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

Five gamers have been detected Sunday and the rest on Tuesday.

“Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon,” Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “Head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week’s opponent Texas A&M, and this week’s opponent [Louisiana State University].”

Mullen had earlier referred to as for followers to fill the stadium to capability. But college officers stated they might persist with their authentic restrict of 20 % capability.

— Scott Jaschik

BYU Idaho Warns Students Against Intentionally Contracting COVID-19, Selling Plasma

Oct. 13, 12:00 p.m. Brigham Young University Idaho launched a campus replace Monday saying that the college is “troubled” by accounts that students have intentionally uncovered themselves to COVID-19 within the hopes of promoting plasma that comprises antibodies for the illness.

“The university condemns this behavior and is actively seeking evidence of any such conduct among our student body. Students who are determined to have intentionally exposed themselves or others to the virus will be immediately suspended from the university and may be permanently dismissed,” the college stated within the replace.

Idaho plasma facilities are providing higher compensation for donations containing COVID-19 antibodies, has reported.

The Food and Drug Administration has licensed using plasma with COVID-19 antibodies to deal with the illness in hospital settings and has concluded that the product could also be efficient as a therapy.

— Lilah Burke

Ohio Wesleyan Eliminates 18 Majors

Oct. 13, 7:39 a.m. Ohio Wesleyan University has eradicated 18 majors and consolidated different applications to avoid wasting $4 million a yr, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

The majors embody comparative literature, computational neuroscience, dance, earth science schooling, earth sciences, geology, German, well being promotion, journalism, Middle Eastern research, planetary science, faith and concrete research.

An instance of the consolidations is that Black world research and ladies’s and gender research will be a part of and grow to be a Department of Critical Identity Studies.

All students presently majoring in one of many eradicated fields will have the ability to full the foremost.

COVID-19 was not the only explanation for the cuts, college officers stated.

President Rock Jones stated, “Through the administrative and academic actions OWU has taken during the past six months, Ohio Wesleyan has become a more focused, more efficient university.”

— Scott Jaschik

Kutztown Loses 1,000 Students to Online Option

Oct. 13, 6:22 a.m. Kutztown University, in Pennsylvania, welcomed 3,300 students to campus within the fall. But greater than 1,000 left inside weeks, fearing COVID-19 and choosing on-line schooling, The Morning Call reported.

In addition to not having the students on campus, the college is shedding $3.5 million in room and board charges it could have collected.

Paul Berlet, a Kutztown student who didn’t return this yr, stated, “It’s not a safe, healthy environment right now, especially when you factor in the lack of social gatherings, which is good, and the inability of the administration to actually keep these people safe.”

— Scott Jaschik

At U of New Hampshire, Faculty and Staff Outpace Students in COVID-19 Infections

Oct. 12, 6:21 a.m. Like most faculties, the University of New Hampshire has devoted appreciable assets to telling students what they need to do (and never do) to stop the unfold of COVID-19. But The Concord Monitor stories that for the previous two weeks, employees and college have had 104 optimistic circumstances, whereas students have had 91 circumstances.

Erika Mantz, a spokeswoman for the college, couldn’t say why the college has seen a spike of optimistic COVID-19 circumstances in school and employees.

“While any positive COVID case is a concern, the university is identifying more positive cases as a result of its regular testing of all community members, not just those with symptoms,” she stated.

— Scott Jaschik

Professor Quits to Protest Working Amid COVID-19

Oct. 9, 6:28 a.m. A professor at Dominican University in Illinois stop his job this week to protest working circumstances with COVID-19, NBC Chicago reported.

Gary Wilson stated he stop after a student in his superior anatomy lab class examined optimistic for the coronavirus. “I told them I’m resigning because this is an unsafe workplace,” Wilson stated. “All you need is one person to infect everyone. Look at the White House.”

Wilson stated all 60 students within the class ought to quarantine for 14 days.

The college confirmed {that a} student had examined optimistic for the virus. But the college stated that contact tracing had been used and that solely three students wanted to quarantine.

— Scott Jaschik

New England Sports League Cancels Winter Season

Oct. 8, 2:25 p.m. The New England Small College Athletic Conference on Thursday introduced the cancellation of the Division III league’s winter sports activities season. The league seems to be one of many first to take this step, with the National Collegiate Athletic Association going forward with winter sports activities championships, if typically with diminished season lengths or event sizes.

The presidents of the league’s members, which embody 11 selective liberal arts faculties in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New York, stated that modifications in lots of the establishments’ educational calendars for the spring semester meant that many students wouldn’t return to their campuses till late January or early February, chopping deeply into the normal season of intra-conference competitors.

Middlebury College, as an example, introduced right now that it could maintain its January time period just about and that students would return for the spring two weeks later than regular, in late February. Bowdoin College stated this week that it could deliver sophomores, juniors and seniors to campus for the spring time period, additionally two weeks later than regular.

“We understand this decision will disappoint many of our students, given the important role athletics plays in the student experience,” the assertion learn. “We remain committed to providing meaningful opportunities for our students to engage in athletic activities. Students may continue to participate in practice activities, strength and conditioning, skill development and leadership programming in accordance with NCAA, Conference and institutional policies, as well as state and local health guidelines.”

The league additionally stated that members “may schedule outside competition at their discretion.” The NESCAC members are Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity and Williams Colleges, and Tufts and Wesleyan Universities.

— Doug Lederman

Top Journal, Citing COVID-19, Endorses Biden, Without Naming Him

Oct. 8, 6:28 a.m. A prime journal endorsed Joe Biden for president as a result of the Trump administration is “dangerously incompetent.” The endorsement, by The New England Journal of Medicine, is the primary time the journal has endorsed anybody.

“Although we tend to focus on technology, most of the interventions that have large effects are not complicated,” the editorial says. “The United States instituted quarantine and isolation measures late and inconsistently, often without any effort to enforce them, after the disease had spread substantially in many communities. Our rules on social distancing have in many places been lackadaisical at best, with loosening of restrictions long before adequate disease control had been achieved. And in much of the country, people simply don’t wear masks, largely because our leaders have stated outright that masks are political tools rather than effective infection control measures. The government has appropriately invested heavily in vaccine development, but its rhetoric has politicized the development process and led to growing public distrust.”

The editorial continues, “The response of our nation’s leaders has been consistently inadequate. The federal government has largely abandoned disease control to the states. Governors have varied in their responses, not so much by party as by competence. But whatever their competence, governors do not have the tools that Washington controls.”

The editorial doesn’t point out Biden or President Trump by identify.

It concludes, “Our leaders have largely claimed immunity for their actions. But this election gives us the power to render judgment. Reasonable people will certainly disagree about the many political positions taken by candidates. But truth is neither liberal nor conservative. When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs.”

— Scott Jaschik

Syracuse Limits Social Gatherings After Party Linked to 45 Cases

Oct. 7, 6:28 a.m. Syracuse University has restricted social gatherings to 5 folks after an off-campus social gathering was linked to 45 circumstances of COVID-19, reported. More COVID-19 circumstances are anticipated from the social gathering.

The limits don’t apply to programs.

Previously, the college banned social occasions with greater than 25 folks.

The college can also be asking all fraternities and sororities to undertake a “no-visitors” coverage.

— Scott Jaschik

Research: Only 25% of Colleges Doing Surveillance Testing

Oct. 6, 11:20 a.m. An evaluation of testing methods at greater than 1,400 establishments discovered that greater than two-thirds both haven’t any clear testing plan or are solely testing “at-risk” students, those that both really feel sick or who’ve had contact with a person who examined optimistic for coronavirus, National Public Radio reported. The evaluation was completed by researchers on the College Crisis Initiative at Davidson College, in North Carolina.

Just 25 % of schools are conducting mass screening or random “surveillance” testing of students. Only 6 % are routinely testing all of their students.

Some specialists have argued that frequent surveillance testing is important to include outbreaks as a result of the virus will be unfold by asymptomatic and presymptomatic people. Recently revised steerage on testing at increased schooling establishments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that “a strategy of entry screening combined with regular serial testing might prevent or reduce” transmission of the virus, though the steerage stops in need of explicitly recommending serial testing as a method.

Officials at many establishments that aren’t testing usually say that doing so could be too costly for them.

— Elizabeth Redden

Doane President Proposes Closing Numerous Programs

Oct. 6, 6:30 a.m. The president of Doane University, in Nebraska, has proposed ending a lot of applications due to monetary pressures created by the COVID-19 pandemic, 10/11 Now reported.

The president, Jacque Carter, proposed ending:

  • Minor in Asian research
  • Minor in computational science
  • Major in legal justice
  • Major in English as a second language
  • Major in movie and media manufacturing
  • Minor in gender research
  • Major and minor in German
  • Major in graphic arts and print design
  • Major in well being and society
  • Major in worldwide research
  • Major in regulation, politics and society
  • Major and minor in philosophy
  • Major and minor in political science
  • Major and minor in spiritual research

The Faculty Council has this month to supply its suggestions. The board of the college will vote on the cuts in November.

— Scott Jaschik

Oct. 5, 12:15 p.m. The Belmont campus of Scott Community College, a part of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, is closed till Monday, Oct. 12, after a small variety of employees reported optimistic circumstances of COVID-19.

As of Monday morning, two employees members had reported testing optimistic for the virus, in accordance to a school spokesman.

“In an abundance of caution,” the campus was closed to everybody to stop spreading the virus, the web site states. Students will take their programs on-line this week, and companies shall be offered just about. No one is allowed onto campus. Faculty could make appointments to select up gadgets they should work at home.

The faculty’s different campuses stay open.

— Madeline St. Amour

Instagram Connects Freshmen During Pandemic

Oct. 5, 6:27 a.m. Instagram has grow to be a key device for freshmen to make associates, both from their properties or from faculties that restrict their motion on campus, The Boston Globe reported.

The story focuses on collegeboston2024, an account created by Lucy Garberg, a freshman at Tufts University. “My hope is that this account will bring us together,” she wrote in May.

The website has 1000’s of followers and requires seven students to handle.

“We can’t really rely on naturally organic, flowing relationships, which is what I thought was going to happen in college,” stated Jaime Kim, a student Garberg recruited to assist her handle the account. “We definitely have to … go out of our way to reach out to people.”

— Scott Jaschik

Notre Dame President Tests Positive for COVID-19

Oct. 2, 1:20 p.m. The University of Notre Dame introduced Friday that its president, the Reverend John Jenkins, examined optimistic for COVID-19 simply days after attending a White House occasion for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

A colleague Father Jenkins was in common contact with had examined optimistic for the virus, and Father Jenkins was subsequently examined, in keeping with a message to students, school and employees members. He will quarantine at residence.

“My symptoms are mild and I will continue to work from home,” Father Jenkins stated in an announcement. “The positive test is a good reminder for me and perhaps for all of how vigilant we need to be.”

The announcement follows the information in a single day of U.S. president Donald Trump and first woman Melania Trump testing optimistic for the virus.

Earlier this week, Jenkins was criticized for not sporting a masks or social distancing at White House occasion for Barrett.

— Emma Whitford

Penn State Releases Student Punishments

Oct. 2, 6:24 a.m. Pennsylvania State University on Thursday launched a listing of the punishments students have obtained for violating COVID-19 guidelines since Aug. 17. The punishments embody:

  • Suspensions for the remainder of the tutorial yr: 10.
  • Removal from on-campus housing: 17.
  • Probation or probation with a transcript notation: 204.
  • Warnings, “which may include a discussion about the situation, an explanation of the misconduct and expectations going forward, and a warning that a further violation may result in more serious consequences”: 1,046.

“The university’s top priority in response to the pandemic has been the health and safety of our community. We are grateful for the seriousness with which most of our students take the virus’ threat, but we will continue to hold accountable those students who threaten our community by violating our clearly stated expectations,” stated Damon Sims, vice chairman for student affairs.

— Scott Jaschik

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking Tuition Refund for Remote Learning

Oct. 1, 3:35 p.m. A federal choose on Thursday largely dismissed a lawsuit through which a gaggle of Northeastern University students sought refunds of their tuition and different funds after the college, like most faculties within the nation, closed its campuses and shifted to distant studying due to the coronavirus final spring.

Many such circumstances have been filed final spring and summer time, and this seems to be the primary one determined by a federal courtroom.

In his ruling, Judge Richard G. Stearns granted Northeastern’s movement to dismiss the category motion on all the students’ calls for apart from attainable refund of the campus recreation payment, which he agreed might proceed.

The two named plaintiffs, Thom Gallo and Manny Chong, undergraduate and graduate students, respectively, had paid Northeastern between $23,400 and $26,100 in tuition, plus a number of hundred {dollars} in charges for the spring time period. Chong petitioned the college for a refund primarily based on the “pedagogical inferiority of online instruction,” and when that was rejected, he and Gallo filed a category motion on behalf of equally located students, saying that the college both breached its contract with them or engaged in unjust enrichment.

The choose, citing the annual monetary duty settlement that students signal with Northeastern, concluded that the college didn’t decide to offering in-person instruction, invalidating the breach-of-contract declare. Stearns dismissed the claims for refunded student charges as a result of, he stated, students pay these charges “to ‘support’ certain facilities during terms for which those students are enrolled in classes, not to gain access to any on-campus facility or resource.”

Stearns permitted the recreation payment declare to proceed as a result of that payment provides students the choice to attend residence sporting occasions and to make use of health services that have been unavailable to them when the campus closed.

— Doug Lederman

University of Denver Suspends 38 Athletes for Attending Off-Campus Party

Oct. 1, 6:23 a.m. The University of Denver suspended 38 members of the swim and dive group for attending a big off-campus social gathering in violation of COVID-19 guidelines set by the college, 9News reported.

“We will continue to swiftly pursue disciplinary action if members of our community disregard the protocols and public health orders designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” stated a letter explaining the choice. “We can’t have anyone in our community believe they don’t need to abide by DU’s, the city’s or the state’s COVID-19 restrictions while the rest of the community is working so hard to have protocols in place intended to keep everyone safe and healthy.”

All of the athletes shall be required to check for COVID-19 and are underneath “location restrictions” till they check damaging, the letter says.

— Scott Jaschik

U of Florida Approves Regulation for Furlough Policy

Sept. 30, 6:30 a.m. The University of Florida Board of Trustees on Tuesday accepted a regulation for a furlough coverage that may apply to college members, sworn regulation enforcement and postdoctoral affiliate staff. “Furloughs are designed to be a proportionate response to such conditions and a job preservation tool, where possible, in lieu of layoffs or other separations from employment,” the coverage says.

The college stated it doesn’t plan to make use of the coverage proper now however desires it in place ought to it lose more cash through the pandemic.

Paul Ortiz, president of the United Faculty of Florida Union, stated many are frightened concerning the new coverage, WCJB reported. “I beg you to first consider the many alternatives that exist to going down the furlough road. I am looking for a firm commitment from the BOT and President [Kent] Fuchs to use the university’s unrestricted net assets and other resources in order to buffer our campus from the types of budget cuts that will negatively impact the working lives and fragile earning power of members of our community already reeling from the global pandemic and the after-effects of the Great Recession,” Ortiz stated.

— Scott Jaschik

CDC: COVID-19 Cases Among Young Adults Rose Sharply as Campuses Filled

Sept. 29, 5 p.m. The variety of younger adults with COVID-19 rose by 55 % from early August to early September, as most faculties have been bringing students again to their campuses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in a brand new report Tuesday.

The federal company’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” discovered that the incidence of COVID circumstances amongst folks aged 18 to 22 years elevated by almost 63 % from Aug. 2 to Aug. 29, then dropped off barely by way of Sept. 5, accounting for the 55 % rise. The will increase have been biggest within the Northeast (144 %) and Midwest (123 %). The will increase have been notably sharp amongst white younger adults, as seen beneath.

The CDC research contains its regular disclaimer that the will increase in circumstances “were not solely attributable to increased testing.”

The report recommended that a number of elements are possible at play, however stated, “Because approximately 45 percent of persons aged 18-22 years attend colleges and universities and 55 percent of those attending identified as white persons, it is likely that some of this increase is linked to resumption of in-person attendance at some colleges and universities.”

It concluded by stating, “Mitigation and preventive measures targeted to young adults (e.g., social media toolkits discussing the importance of mask wearing, social distancing, and hand hygiene), including those attending colleges and universities, can likely reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission among their contacts and communities. Institutions of higher education should support students and communities by taking action to promote healthy environments.”

— Doug Lederman

Police Break Up Party of More Than 1,000 Near Florida State

Sept. 29, 7:30 a.m. Police broke up a celebration Sunday close to Florida State University with greater than 1,000 folks — most of them students, the Associated Press reported. Large social gatherings, with folks not training social distancing or sporting masks, are a technique COVID-19 is unfold.

Florida State reported that greater than 1,400 students and 26 staff had examined optimistic for COVID-19 by way of Sept. 18.

The social gathering got here simply days after Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, stated the state ought to create a “bill of rights” for students. “I personally think it’s incredibly draconian that a student would get potentially expelled for going to a party,” DeSantis stated Thursday. “That’s what college kids do.”

— Scott Jaschik

Florida May Protect Partying Students

Sept. 25, 6:25 a.m. Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, stated the state might create a “bill of rights” to guard faculty students who face expulsion for attending events underneath COVID-19 guidelines, Politico reported.

“I personally think it’s incredibly draconian that a student would get potentially expelled for going to a party,” DeSantis stated Thursday. “That’s what college kids do.”

He didn’t present particulars.

— Scott Jaschik

Health Agency in Boulder Further Restricts Student Behavior

Sept. 24, 12:45 p.m. The public well being company in Boulder County, Colo., on Thursday issued an order additional limiting the habits of college-aged folks within the county, residence to the University of Colorado at Boulder. The order from Boulder County Public Health, which takes impact right now at 4 p.m. MST, forbids gatherings “of any size” amongst 18- to 22-year-olds inside the county, and requires residents of 36 off-campus services (largely fraternities and sororities) to stay in place for 2 weeks.

“A gathering is defined as more than one individual coming together or being physically near each other for any shared and common purpose, including socializing or participating in any activity together including but not limited to shopping, dining, or exercising,” the order said.

The county’s order follows on the college’s resolution Monday to start two weeks of distant instruction Wednesday, which itself adopted the announcement of a beneficial stay-at-home interval it started final week.

The college’s chancellor, Phil DiStefano, stated Thursday that the county’s order provides students three choices: keep in Boulder and observe the general public well being tips, return to their everlasting residences and research absolutely on-line for the remainder of the spring, or “choose to not follow the rules that protect our community from COVID-19 spread and run the risk of serious health consequences to yourself and others … Please do not choose this option,” he wrote.

DiStefano continued, “Like many of our peer universities across the country, we continue to face new challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have enacted similar approaches to ours and are successfully reducing their positive cases. I believe we can as well, but only if we work together and make sacrifices for each other.”

— Doug Lederman

Sacred Heart Threatens to Send Students Home

Sept. 24, 6:25 a.m. The president of Sacred Heart University, in Connecticut, threatened to ship students residence if all students do not observe tips for stopping the unfold of COVID-19.

Speaking in a video message, John Petillo stated that the majority students have been following the principles. But he stated “a significant number” should not. The college is receiving stories of gatherings, each on and off campus, through which guidelines are violated and face masks should not being worn.

These violations, he stated, end in “too many positive COVID cases” amongst students, particularly these in off-campus housing. And dad and mom are urging the college to go absolutely distant in instruction. (Currently, it’s instructing in a hybrid mannequin.)

The college says that it has 119 circumstances of COVID-19, 94 of them from students in off-campus housing.

— Scott Jaschik

U of Michigan Resident Advisers End Strike

Sept. 23, 12:00 p.m. University of Michigan resident assistants have accepted a take care of the college and ended their strike, which started Sept. 8.

The employees had raised issues about COVID-19 protections for residential employees and demanded, amongst different issues, common entry to testing for RAs, hazard pay, private protecting tools, higher enforcement of college coverage and higher transparency from the administration. The employees just isn’t unionized.

University officers have stated the deal included precedence testing for RAs by way of the college’s surveillance program, extra PPE and the creation of a council the place issues will be raised, mLive reported.

The residential life staffers started their strike the identical day that Michigan’s graduate staff started theirs, and the 2 engaged in mutual actions. The graduate staff’ strike ended Sept. 16.

“This wouldn’t have happened without everyone that extended a helping hand in our direction,” the RA employees posted on Twitter. “Solidarity forever!”

— Lilah Burke

Middlebury Punishes 22 Students for Violating COVID-19 Rules

Sept. 23, 6:21 a.m. Middlebury College has punished 22 students for guidelines violations associated to COVID-19.

“We have concluded that 22 students violated college policies related to COVID-19. We took swift action according to our sanctioning guidelines shared earlier with the community. These sanctions included revoking on-campus housing privileges and disallowing the students from visiting, studying, or taking courses on campus,” stated a message on Middlebury’s web site from Derek Doucet, dean of students.

He continued, “We cannot share any more details of particular conduct cases because of privacy concerns. I can tell you that these were very difficult decisions to make, but there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our community. Students removed from campus because of COVID-19 violations are ordinarily eligible to return in the following semester.”

Scott Jaschik

Sept. 22, 3:40 p.m. The University of Notre Dame postponed a Sept. 26 soccer sport towards Wake Forest University after seven gamers on the Fighting Irish group examined optimistic for COVID-19, Notre Dame’s athletics division stated in an announcement. All football-related actions are on pause “until further testing is completed,” the assertion stated.

Notre Dame administered 94 COVID-19 checks to soccer gamers on Monday, and the seven athletes who examined optimistic are actually in isolation, the assertion stated. A complete of 13 gamers are in isolation and 10 are in quarantine, primarily based on this and final week’s testing outcomes from the soccer group, the assertion stated.

Greta Anderson

Researchers Estimate Campus Openings Linked to ~3,000 New Daily Cases

Sept. 22, 10:48 a.m. A brand new working paper estimates that reopening faculty campuses for in-person instruction has been related to greater than 3,000 extra COVID-19 circumstances per day within the United States.

The researchers discovered a rise of two.4 each day circumstances per 100,000 folks in counties with a campus that opened for in-person instruction.

“No such increase is observed in counties with no colleges, closed colleges or those that opened primarily online,” they write.

“The uptick in local COVID-19 incidence was higher in colleges with greater exposure to students from states with high recent COVID-19 case rates. College reopenings that drew students from areas with a 10 percent greater weekly incidence were associated with an additional 1.19 new cases per 100,000 per day.”

The lead writer of the research, carried out by a gaggle of students with experience in economics, epidemiology and better schooling, is Martin Andersen, assistant professor of economics on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Researchers plan to publish the paper, titled “College Openings, Mobility, and the Incidence of COVID-19 Cases,” on a server for preprints (e.g., articles that haven’t but been peer reviewed), medRxiv.

–Elizabeth Redden

Elon Moves to Level 3 Alert

Sept. 22, 6:20 a.m. Elon University has moved to stage 3 — excessive alert following a rise in COVID-19 circumstances.

The college moved to stage 2 4 days prior after an outbreak amongst athletes led to the suspension of athletic practices. Since the transfer to stage 2, 79 students have examined optimistic for COVID-19.

The transfer to excessive alert stage has prompted the college to extend testing. The college’s cell testing lab plans to conduct checks of 300 individuals who have had oblique contact with individuals who have examined optimistic. And random testing shall be elevated to 400 checks. (Elon enrolls about 7,000 students.)

In addition, sure lessons with a “significant proportion” of optimistic circumstances will transfer on-line.

— Scott Jaschik

Northeastern Lets Suspended Students Apply Tuition to Spring Semester

Sept. 18, 6:23 a.m. Northeastern University has backed down, partially, on its resolution to cost full tuition to 11 students it suspended for violating the principles mandating social distancing and sporting face masks, The Boston Globe reported.

The college initially stated that it could take the complete tuition fee for the semester, $36,500. But now the college is taking solely $8,740. The relaxation will be utilized to the spring semester’s tuition.

“The university’s response is still not acceptable, although it is telling that they appear to be backtracking from their initial position about taking these families’ money without an obligation to deliver any services whatsoever,” stated Brett Joshpe, a lawyer for 2 of the students’ households.

— Scott Jaschik

President Sorry for Posting Photo

Sept. 17, 6:27 a.m. The president of Allegheny College is apologizing for posting {a photograph} of herself exterior, off campus, The Meadville Tribune reported.

The photograph was posted to Instagram at a time when the school’s students have been all imagined to be on campus in a quarantine.

Hilary Link, the president, apologized. “Posting the picture without the whole context was not my best choice,” Link instructed the Tribune on Tuesday. “I was watching my 14-year-old son in his first-ever varsity soccer game for the Meadville High School in a stadium very, very physically distanced from every other person except my husband — wearing masks,” Link stated. “Everybody was wearing masks. Outdoors. Absolutely following guidelines that we set out for our facility and staff who do not live on campus.”

Students and fogeys complained about her photograph.

— Scott Jaschik

Big Ten Will Play Football in October

Sept. 16, 10:10 a.m. The Big Ten Conference reversed course on its resolution to postpone faculty soccer till spring 2021 and can as an alternative resume competitors Oct. 23, the league introduced Wednesday. The resolution applies solely to soccer, and the way forward for different fall sports activities “will be announced shortly,” a Big Ten information launch stated.

The convention, which incorporates big-time soccer applications corresponding to Pennsylvania State University, the University of Michigan and Ohio State University, initially determined in August that the medical dangers of COVID-19 for athletes referred to as for postponement. The league’s leaders have been involved a few coronary heart situation, myocarditis, that some athletes who beforehand had COVID-19 are liable to creating resulting from coronary heart irritation whereas battling signs of the virus.

League leaders confronted political strain to renew the season from governors of a number of states and from the federal authorities, together with United States senator Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, and even President Donald Trump, who met with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren earlier this month. Parents of Big Ten athletes additionally protested the choice and a number of other University of Nebraska soccer gamers sued the league, USA Today reported.

Along with the choice to renew fall play, the league developed new protocols for testing athletes for COVID-19, cardiac screening and “an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition,” the press launch stated. All athletes, coaches and others on the sector for observe and video games shall be examined each day for COVID-19 and athletes who check optimistic won’t be able to return to video games for 21 days, the discharge stated. The resumption of observe or video games shall be decided by the group and employees members’ coronavirus positivity charge.

“Our goal has always been to return to competition so all student-athletes can realize their dream of competing in the sports they love,” Warren stated within the launch. “We are incredibly grateful for the collaborative work that our Return to Competition Task Force have accomplished to ensure the health, safety and wellness of student-athletes, coaches and administrators.”

— Greta Anderson

SUNY, Faculty Union Reach Agreement on Testing Professors

Sept. 15, 6:24 a.m. The State University of New York and its school union, United University Professions, introduced an settlement underneath which school members shall be examined for the coronavirus.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras stated, “We will now regularly test UUP faculty members serving on campus for the virus. I want to thank President Frederick Kowal for his continued leadership in protecting his members and all of SUNY as we make COVID-19 testing available for all of our UUP faculty and other professional members. This will help us pinpoint and isolate cases on our campuses, avoid outbreaks, and most importantly — keep our dedicated faculty members safe. I look forward to working closely with UUP leadership in the months ahead as we navigate these uncertain times.”

Kowal stated, “We welcome this chance to make the SUNY state-operated campuses as protected as we presumably can for students, for the encircling campus communities and for our UUP membership, with this new settlement for necessary COVID-19 testing of staff represented by UUP.”

— Scott Jaschik

University of Arizona Recommends Shelter in Place for Students

Sept. 14, 3:40 p.m. The University of Arizona and the Pima County Health Department are recommending students on campus and close to campus shelter in place for 14 days because the college battles a rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances.

Students following that advice, which has additionally been described as a voluntary quarantine, would nonetheless have the ability to journey to sure actions like important in-person lessons or to buy requirements like meals or remedy that may’t be delivered. Leaders are nonetheless figuring out the precise geographic space to be lined by the advice. They count on to launch extra particulars later right now.

Without intervention, officers fear the coronavirus might incubate amongst students and unfold to extra weak populations within the area.

“The university is not an island,” stated Dr. Theresa Cullen, director of public well being for Pima County, throughout a digital information convention right now. “It may seem that way, sometimes, but it’s not.”

Local authorities officers have been already contemplating steps like eradicating pool permits from residence complexes that host a lot of students. The college has confirmed nicely over 600 optimistic circumstances this month.

Officials throughout right now’s information convention blamed off-campus social gatherings for accelerating transmission of the virus. The college has been working with restricted in-person programs since starting the autumn semester on the finish of August.

The college’s president, Robert C. Robbins, referred to as Monday’s announcement a “last-ditch effort” to ask students to observe social distancing guidelines earlier than extra drastic modifications have to be made.

“I’m short of saying ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,’ because there are only certain things that I can do,” Robbins stated. “But this is part of being a good member of society, to take into account the health of others — not just your individual health, and not just your individual desire to go out and have a good time and party.”

— Rick Seltzer

Athletes With COVID-19 at Risk of Heart Inflammation, Small Study Finds

Sept. 12, 2:32 p.m. Roughly one in six faculty athletes who contracted COVID-19 later confirmed proof of coronary heart irritation that could possibly be harmful in the event that they return to play, a brand new research discovered.

The small research, carried out on 26 athletes at Ohio State University and revealed in JAMA Cardiology, revealed by way of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging that 4 of the athletes had myocarditis, coronary heart irritation that may trigger critical harm. Several others confirmed proof of earlier myocarditis that would have resulted from the coronavirus.

The risk of COVID-driven myocarditis amongst aggressive athletes has been a supply of competition in latest weeks. The Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences opted to not play this fall in important half due to concern amongst its member universities concerning the probably deadly coronary heart ailment.

Last week, officers at Pennsylvania State University despatched conflicting indicators concerning the risk. After the college’s director of athletic medication stated at a public assembly that a few third of Big Ten Conference athletes who examined optimistic for the coronavirus confirmed indicators of myocarditis, college officers sought to appropriate the report, citing the 15 % determine.

— Doug Lederman

Missouri President, Under Threat of Suit, Removes Twitter Blocks

Sept. 11, 6:24 a.m. University of Missouri president Mun Choi has eliminated blocks on his Twitter account from students who have been posting criticism of the college’s insurance policies on reopening the campus, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

Choi eliminated the blocks after a lawyer threatened to sue over them. “Not only is it immoral and repugnant for President Choi to block students and other persons on social media who are trying to raise awareness of campus safety issues in the middle of a global pandemic, it is also unlawful,” the lawyer wrote.

A spokesman for Choi stated among the posts that led the president to dam the accounts have been obscene.

— Scott Jaschik

California State to Stay Virtual in Spring 2021

Sept. 10, 7:45 p.m. The California State University system has introduced that every one 23 of its campuses will proceed to supply digital instruction for the tutorial time period starting in January 2021.

“After extensive consultation with campus presidents and other stakeholders, and careful consideration of a multitude of factors — regarding the pandemic and its consequences, as well as other matters impacting the university and its operations — I am announcing that the CSU will continue with this primarily virtual instructional approach for the academic term that begins in January 2021, and also will continue with reduced populations in campus housing,” CSU chancellor Timothy P. White introduced in a message to the college Wednesday. “This decision is the only responsible one available to us at this time. And it is the only one that supports our twin North Stars of safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and communities, as well as enabling degree progression for the largest number of students.”

White stated the choice was introduced now with the intention to give students and their households time to plan for the spring 2021 semester. He additionally cited the necessity to publish and promote course choices and to fulfill accreditation necessities for digital programs.

— Marjorie Valbrun

Wisconsin Pauses In-Person Instruction, Quarantines 2 Residence Halls

Sept. 10, 7:55 a.m. The University of Wisconsin at Madison introduced Wednesday night that it could pause in-person instruction for 2 weeks, citing a optimistic COVID-19 testing charge that had risen above 20 % this week.

Much of the rise was pushed by off-campus exercise, however “the latest numbers also show a sharp increase in certain residence halls,” stated Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “We will not contain this spread without significant additional action.”

In addition to the 2 weeks of absolutely digital instruction for undergraduate and graduate students alike, Wisconsin stated it could impose a quarantine on two residence halls the place optimistic circumstances have spiked, shut all in-person research areas at libraries and the student union, and cancel all in-person gatherings of greater than 10 folks.

“I share the disappointment and frustration of students and employees who had hoped we might enjoy these first few weeks of the academic year together,” Blank stated.

— Doug Lederman

Stanford Medical Faculty Attack ‘Falsehoods’ by Trump Adviser

Sept. 10, 6:28 a.m. More than 70 professors at Stanford University’s medical college have signed a letter criticizing the “falsehoods and misrepresentations of science” by Scott Atlas, a former colleague presently advising President Trump on the coronavirus.

Specifically, the letter defends face masks, social distancing and the event of a vaccine and says that younger youngsters can get the virus.

“Failure to follow the science — or deliberately misrepresenting the science — will lead to immense avoidable harm,” the letter says.

— Scott Jaschik

Tennessee Evacuates Residence Hall So More Students Can Isolate

Sept. 9, 1:30 p.m. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the place the variety of students with COVID-19 has nearly tripled this month, to 612, instructed students in one among its residence halls Wednesday that they must transfer out to make room for self-isolating friends.

“I recognize that this is unexpected news and that shifting residence halls will disrupt your semester. I am sorry for the disruption, and we are here to support you academically, socially, mentally, and financially,” Frank Cuevas, vice chancellor for student life, stated in an electronic mail to residents of Massey Hall Wednesday. “I know this is not how you envisioned your semester, and we will work to support you through this. As circumstances evolve on campus we are adjusting our operational plans to help manage through this pandemic, with our top priority being the health and well-being of our campus community.”

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Like many main public universities, Tennessee is seeing massive numbers of students check optimistic for COVID-19 and far bigger numbers in isolation or quarantine. The University of Tennessee System coronavirus dashboard reveals a doubling of the variety of students in both isolation or quarantine on the Knoxville campus between Aug. 31 and Sept. 8, to 2025 from 990.

Tennessee officers stated the resort they’d secured was insufficient to accommodate all of the isolating students. They selected Massey for the overflow, they stated, due to its measurement and the truth that it has proportionally few students dwelling there now. The students who stay there can select between both transferring to a different residence corridor on the campus or canceling their housing contract and transferring again residence. The college stated it could present “supplies and staff” to assist students transfer to a different room on the campus, and would “make every effort” to maintain roommates collectively.

— Doug Lederman

Wisconsin-Madison Restricts Student Activities

Sept. 9, 6:29 a.m. The University of Wisconsin at Madison has restricted students to “essential activities” for 2 weeks, to manage the unfold of COVID-19.

The following actions have been outlined as important:

  • Classes
  • Medical care, together with COVID-19 testing
  • Purchasing meals
  • Going to a job
  • “Engaging in an individual outdoor activity, such as running or walking”
  • Attending a spiritual service

The college reported a rise in optimistic check outcomes for the virus.

— Scott Jaschik

Florida State Shows Increase

Sept. 9, 6:19 a.m. Florida State University is seeing a rise within the variety of students testing optimistic for the coronavirus, The Tallahassee Democrat reported. More than 700 students examined optimistic final week.

“Florida State does not plan a shift to remote instruction at this time. If a decision is made to transition to all remote instruction in the future, the university will notify the community,” the college stated. “The current increase in cases was not unexpected as it correlates to the marked increase in voluntary testing of the campus community during the first two weeks of the fall semester.”

— Scott Jaschik

Advice for Keeping Students Safe Amid COVID-19 Outbreaks

Sept. 4, 10:20 a.m. As a rising variety of faculties and universities wrestle to manage COVID-19 after resuming in-person instruction, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) launched outcomes of a survey of public well being specialists and others on how faculties ought to reply now to outbreaks of the virus. The greater than 100 respondents to the survey included physicians, health-care directors, students and neighborhood leaders.

Colleges ought to conduct each day saliva testing in addition to random pattern blood/mucosal testing to trace the unfold, prevalence and incidence of the virus, the survey discovered. Respondents stated faculties additionally ought to have contact tracing capability in place. The survey discovered that establishments ought to run crowdsourced symptom monitoring with as many students and staff as attainable, utilizing wearable wrist and mattress sensor gadgets. And it stated faculties ought to require students to put on a tool to trace their motion and notify students when they aren’t training ample social distancing.

“The safety of our campuses for students, faculty, staff, surrounding neighborhoods and local health personnel requires vigorous and innovative measures. To date, we have not seen a national strategy to address these outbreaks and ensure the safety of those involved with higher education. The suggestions provided through this survey can help universities answer these difficult questions and make decisions based in science and a public health approach,” Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of PRHI, stated in an announcement.

Masks ought to be necessary for students, the survey stated. And faculties ought to use and implement codes of conduct to encourage social distancing. The survey additionally stated faculties shouldn’t penalize school members for selecting to work remotely.

The group of respondents stated faculty leaders ought to shut sizzling spots for transmission, together with bars that violate protocols and fraternity properties.

“Close fraternity houses. Period,” the report on the survey’s outcomes stated.

Respondents urged faculty leaders to speak with their native communities about measures establishments have taken to maintain them protected.

“Ask the community how they think the university can be a partner in protecting all,” the report stated. “They did not have a voice in campus reopenings, so engage them now.”

The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative is the working arm of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and a member of the nationwide Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement.

— Paul Fain

Sept. 4, 9:45 a.m. Pennsylvania State University has issued new info after its director of athletic medication drew consideration this week by saying in a public assembly that a few third of Big Ten Conference athletes who examined optimistic for the coronavirus confirmed indicators of myocarditis.

The official, Wayne Sebastianelli, made the feedback Monday at a neighborhood college board assembly about “initial preliminary data that had been verbally shared by a colleague on a forthcoming study,” a Penn State Health spokesman stated, in keeping with a number of information retailers. Sebastianelli didn’t know the research had been revealed with a considerably decrease charge of myocarditis — about 15 % for athletes who had the virus.

Penn State additionally stated that its athletes who’d examined optimistic for the coronavirus had no circumstances of myocarditis.

Myocarditis is an irritation of the guts muscle that may minimize the guts’s skill to pump and trigger irregular coronary heart rhythms, in keeping with the Mayo Clinic. Untreated, it could trigger everlasting harm to the guts and result in coronary heart failure, coronary heart assault, stroke or sudden dying.

— Rick Seltzer

Maryland Suspends Athletic Activities After COVID-19 Spike

Sept. 4, 6:25 a.m. The University of Maryland at College Park suspended all athletic actions after a spike in athletes testing optimistic for the coronavirus, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Maryland stated that 501 student athletes have been examined for COVID-19 on Monday and Tuesday. Of these, 46 had optimistic checks. They have been on 10 groups.

The Big Ten just isn’t taking part in video games this fall, however has been permitting athletes who’ve examined damaging to observe.

— Scott Jaschik

Democrats Urge Campus Ban on Vaping During Pandemic

Sept. 3, 5:46 p.m. Top House and Senate Democrats are urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advise faculties to bar e-cigarettes for the autumn semester.

In the letter, Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the House financial and shopper coverage oversight subcommittee, and Senator Dick Durbin cited a Journal of Adolescent Health research, which discovered that 13- to 24-year-olds who vape are 5 instances extra possible than nonvapers to be identified with COVID-19.

“With the added public health risk posed by coronavirus, the CDC must act quickly and forcefully,” wrote Krishnamoorthi and Durbin, each of Illinois.

— Kery Murakami

Union Calls on Louisiana Board to End Face-to-Face Activities

Sept. 3, 3:30 p.m. The United Campus Workers of Louisiana right now referred to as for regents to cease face-to-face actions due to the coronavirus.

A press release from the union, which was chartered a yr in the past and has about 120 members who’re graduate employees, school members and employees members, targeted closely on the scenario at Louisiana State University. LSU has counted a complete of 366 optimistic circumstances of COVID-19 since Aug. 15, with most coming since Aug. 25.

More info has been realized concerning the transmission of the coronavirus because the college created its reopening plans, the union stated in its assertion. It raised issues concerning the danger of transmission in enclosed areas and from people who find themselves not exhibiting signs of the an infection.

“In light of these facts, reopening a university system that operates in all 64 parishes in Louisiana endangers everyone in the state, particularly the state’s underserved and high-risk populations,” stated the union’s assertion. “For the safety of the LSU community and the state at large, United Campus Workers of Louisiana calls on the Louisiana Board of Regents to act in accordance with its ‘constitutional mandate to serve the educational, health care and economic development goals of Louisiana’ and immediately halt face to face activities on campus.”

The assertion comes shortly after LSU’s interim president, Tom Galligan, stated 4 student organizations have been charged with violating the college’s code of conduct relating to the coronavirus. Video has surfaced that seems to indicate off-campus events with few precautions in place.

“We have seen the videos, and they are very concerning,” Galligan stated, in keeping with KSLA. “We’re going to investigate, communicate and, as necessary, we’ll enforce.”

Galligan additionally signaled a excessive stage of concern concerning the virus’s unfold.

“I’m concerned and I’m monitoring and we’re looking at it very carefully, because if it keeps going up, we’re going to go remote,” he stated, in keeping with KSLA.

The union doesn’t have a collective bargaining settlement with LSU.

— Rick Seltzer

Positive Cases Top 1,000 on the University of Dayton

Sept. 3, 2:43 p.m. The University of Dayton introduced this afternoon on its COVID-19 dashboard that the cumulative variety of optimistic circumstances amongst students on campus has reached 1,042, together with 639 lively circumstances. The relaxation — 403 students — have recovered.

The personal college enrolls roughly 11,500 students, together with about 9,000 undergraduates, which means its complete optimistic circumstances comprise nearly 10 % of all students. The college’s first day of lessons was Aug. 24. UD has created 5 campus standing ranges for COVID-19, with stage 5 being to largely vacate the campus and have most students go away on-campus housing. The college reached stage 4 final week, which incorporates pivoting to distant studying whereas students keep in on-campus housing. It shifted to distant studying final month when circumstances spiked.

UD in an announcement cited a flattening of seven-day averages for brand new optimistic circumstances as an encouraging signal. It stated the college has been aggressive with the testing, isolation and quarantining of students.

“University leaders continue to work closely with local public health officials and UD’s panel of local medical experts to monitor, assess and contain the situation on campus,” the college stated. “We will determine next week what steps to take based on the situation and trends we see at that time. While we hope the trends will indicate that we can return to at least some in-person learning, we also may need to consider further restrictions, including the possibility of moving to fully remote learning, if Public Health believes our campus is contributing to broader community spread.”

— Paul Fain

About One-Third of Positive Big Ten Athletes Showed Signs of Myocarditis

Sept. 3, 1:00 p.m. A probably harmful irritation of the guts muscle was detected in a few third of Big Ten Conference athletes who’d examined optimistic for COVID-19, in keeping with the Centre Daily Times.

Pennsylvania State University’s director of athletic medication, Wayne Sebastianelli, shared the estimate at a State College space college Board of Directors assembly Monday, the newspaper reported. MRI scans confirmed the athletes in query had myocarditis, an irritation that may be lethal if not addressed.

“When we looked at our COVID-positive athletes, whether they were symptomatic or not, 30 to roughly 35 percent of their heart muscles [are] inflamed,” Sebastianelli stated. “And we really just don’t know what to do with it right now. It’s still very early in the infection. Some of that has led to the Pac-12 and the Big Ten’s decision to sort of put a hiatus on what’s happening.”

The Big Ten and Pac-12 postponed fall sports activities in August. Both cited uncertainty about faculty athletes’ well being amid coronavirus infections.

But different main soccer conferences proceed to forge forward with plans to carry modified seasons. That’s led to some pushback, with Nebraska soccer gamers submitting a lawsuit towards the Big Ten. The lawsuit prompted the revelation that the league’s members voted 11 to three in favor of suspending the soccer season. Recently, stories have surfaced that the Big Ten was discussing a season to start the week of Thanksgiving.

Earlier right now, ESPN reported that 21 universities within the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Big 12 Conference — the three conferences making up faculty soccer’s Power Five that plan to play sports activities this fall — wouldn’t disclose information on COVID-19 circumstances when requested. Almost half of the 65 establishments throughout all Power Five conferences declined to share information about optimistic checks recorded to this point.

— Rick Seltzer

Many Colleges Playing Big-Time Football Withhold COVID-19 Numbers

Sept. 3, 12:15 p.m. Twenty-one establishments within the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Big 12 Conference declined to reveal optimistic COVID-19 circumstances amongst athletes to ESPN, citing federal student privateness legal guidelines, the media outlet reported. These three “Power Five” conferences are all making ready to play soccer video games this month.

Of the 65 complete Power Five establishments surveyed by ESPN, almost one-third didn’t present details about their coronavirus protocols for athletes along with withholding the variety of optimistic checks amongst athletes, the outlet reported.

Greta Anderson

Temple Extends Remote Instruction for Rest of Semester

Sept. 3, 9:50 a.m. Four days after asserting a two-week suspension of in-person lessons, Temple University in Philadelphia right now prolonged the transfer for the remainder of the autumn semester for nearly all programs.

Only important programs — those who require some in-person instruction to fulfill academic targets — should not lined by the choice. Temple estimates 95 % of its programs shall be delivered on-line for the remainder of the semester.

Students in college housing who select to go away by Sept. 13 will obtain full refunds of housing and meal plan fees. But students can stay on campus if they need or want to take action.

“We know this is disappointing for the many students and their families who had hoped for an on-campus experience,” stated the college’s president, Richard M. Englert, and its provost, JoAnne A. Epps, in a public letter asserting the choice. “Please know that if the data supported a decision to safely continue the fall semester experience on campus, we would have made every effort to do so. Unfortunately, the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic are simply too great for our students, faculty, staff and neighboring community.”

Two days in the past, Philadelphia’s well being commissioner declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Temple. The college’s COVID-19 dashboard listed 212 actives circumstances as of 1 p.m. yesterday, all amongst students. All however one have been recorded amongst on-campus students.

Temple started fall lessons 10 days in the past, Aug. 24.

— Rick Seltzer

Ohio State Reports 882 Positive Cases

Sept. 3, 8:32 a.m. Ohio State University reported 882 optimistic circumstances of COVID-19 amongst students, and 20 positives amongst staff. Classes started at Ohio State on Aug. 25.

The college has a 3.13 % positivity charge amongst students and a 4.3 % positivity charge common during the last week, in keeping with its dashboard website. But it reported a 9.66 positivity charge for students who stay off campus and have been examined within the final 24 hours, with a 5.7 % charge for students who stay on campus. The college presently has 462 students in isolation and quarantine.

Ohio State not too long ago suspended 228 students for violating coronavirus-related security tips. And it has threatened to crack down on students who host gatherings of greater than 10 people who find themselves not sporting masks or social distancing.

— Paul Fain

30 of 40 Greek Houses at Indiana Are in Quarantine

Sept. 3, 6:27 a.m. Thirty of the 40 Greek homes at Indiana University are underneath quarantine for COVID-19, The Indianapolis Star reported.

There is an 8.1 % optimistic charge amongst students dwelling in fraternity and sorority housing. Residence halls have a 1.6 % optimistic charge.

All communal homes at Indiana have been ordered to droop actions, besides housing and eating.

— Scott Jaschik

NCAA to Furlough All Employees Except Top Executives

Sept. 2, 5:50 p.m. The National Collegiate Athletic Association will furlough 600 staff amid extreme price range strains because of the pandemic’s affect on faculty athletics, in keeping with a memo obtained by the Associated Press. The furloughs of three to eight weeks will have an effect on the complete employees of the Indianapolis-based NCAA apart from senior executives, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Beginning Sept. 21, all employees members within the NCAA’s nationwide workplace shall be furloughed for 3 weeks, in keeping with the memo. And some staff shall be furloughed for as much as eight weeks relying on their jobs and the seasonal timing of their duties. USA Today reported in March that Mark Emmert, the NCAA’s president, and different prime managers have been taking pay cuts of 20 %. That transfer adopted the cancellation of the Division I males’s basketball event, which generates almost all the NCAA’s roughly $1.1 billion in typical annual income, the newspaper reported.

— Paul Fain

Iowa State Reverses Plan to Play Football Opener in Front of 25,000 Fans

Sept. 2, 3:50 p.m. Iowa State University’s announcement Monday that it could let as many as 25,000 followers attend its soccer season opener Sept. 12 drew each scorn and, as not too long ago as right now, help from Iowa’s governor, Kim Reynolds, who stated at a information briefing Wednesday that “we will do these items safely and responsibly. We can open our colleges again up, we will open our faculties again up, we will proceed to maneuver ahead, however now we have to have private duty.”

But the college’s athletics division introduced right now that the sport shall be performed with out followers in spite of everything.

The assertion from the athletics director, Jamie Pollard, did not precisely embrace the choice, saying that Iowa State president Wendy Wintersteen had reversed the choice “after weighing feedback she has received from the community … Our department has always taken great pride in working hand-in-hand with the university and this situation is no different. We are in this together and will do everything we can to support Dr. Wintersteen and her leadership team in their efforts to lead our institution during very challenging times.”

— Doug Lederman

University of Georgia Reports 821 Cases in First Full Week of Classes

Sept. 2, 2:17 p.m. The University of Georgia reported 821 new circumstances of COVID-19 for the week of Aug. 24-30, bringing the full variety of circumstances reported since Aug. 10 to greater than 1,000.

Of the 821 people with reported optimistic checks, 798 have been students, 19 have been employees members and 4 have been school.

The college’s surveillance testing program of asymptomatic students turned up 97 optimistic circumstances out of 1,810 checks carried out, for an general positivity charge of 5.4 %.

University of Georgia president Jere W. Morehead described the rise in optimistic checks as “concerning” and urged students to take steps to keep away from publicity.

“I urge you: continue to wear your masks, maintain your distance from others, make wise decisions, and stay away from social venues where appropriate distancing is impossible to maintain,” Morehead stated on Twitter. “Resist the temptation to organize or attend a large social gathering. And, for those of you heading out of town over the Labor Day weekend, be very careful and think about the health of everyone around you.”

— Elizabeth Redden

University of Kentucky at 760 Cases, Only Testing Greek Life Members

Sept. 2, 12:55 p.m. The well being division for Lexington, Ky., has reported that there have been 760 coronavirus circumstances amongst students on the University of Kentucky.

The college examined each on-campus student upon arrival, leading to 254 optimistic outcomes, and is presently retesting 5,000 members of Greek life organizations.

But it has no present plans to check different students or student populations. University officers have stated they’re ready on additional information to resolve methods to proceed, The Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

— Lilah Burke

All-Student Quarantine at Gettysburg

Sept. 2, 7:50 a.m. Gettysburg College introduced late Tuesday that every one of its students should quarantine of their residence halls by way of at the very least the top of the week, in an effort to gradual the unfold of the virus that has contaminated 25 of 348 students examined by way of Tuesday afternoon.

“This interim all-student quarantine allows us to better understand the path of the virus on campus, informed by the results of the remainder of this week’s tests,” the dean of students, Julie Ramsey, wrote in a message to the campus. All lessons shall be distant and students can go away their rooms solely to select up meals, use the toilet or get their COVID-19 check.

Ramsey stated faculty officers would reassess their plan for the remainder of the semester on the finish of the week.

— Doug Lederman

James Madison Goes Remote in September

Sept. 2, 6:28 a.m. James Madison University introduced Tuesday that it’s abandoning plans for an in-person semester, as an alternative transferring to an internet September.

President Jonathan R. Alger wrote to students and college members that “We spent the last several months planning to start this year with a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online classes. In the days since students have been back on campus, we have observed their vibrancy, excitement to engage with their faculty, and large-scale adherence to COVID-19 rules and guidance. However, we have also observed troubling public health trends. As a result of a rapid increase in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in our student population in a short period of time, the university is concerned about capacity in the number of isolation and quarantine spaces we can provide. Protecting the health of our Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community — including students, faculty, staff — is our top priority, and we need to act swiftly to stop the spread as best we can.”

Alger continued, “After consultation with the Virginia Department of Health, James Madison University will transition to primarily online learning, with some hybrid instruction for accreditation and licensure requirements, graduate research, and specialized upper-class courses requiring equipment and space, through the month of September.”

Scott Jaschik

COVID-19 ‘Outbreak’ Declared at Temple University

Sept. 1, 4:15 p.m. The Philadelphia well being commissioner on Tuesday stated there’s a COVID-19 “outbreak” at Temple University and instructed students to “assume everyone around you is infected,” 6ABC reported.

The college reverted to on-line instruction on Sunday after reporting 103 folks on campus had examined optimistic for the coronavirus. According to contact tracing, the outbreak stemmed from off-campus flats and small social gatherings, 6ABC reported.

“For any Temple student who is listening to this today, I want to be really clear, and we are asking you to follow this guidance: you should assume that everyone around you is infected,” Thomas Farley, the town’s well being commissioner, stated throughout a press convention Tuesday.

Greta Anderson

White House Warns Against Sending Infected Students Home

Sept. 1, 3:58 p.m. White House officers are frightened faculty students contaminated by coronavirus will return to their residence communities and unfold the illness. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus coordinator, in a name Monday referred to as on governors to induce faculty presidents of their states to not ship students who check optimistic for the virus residence and to maintain them on or close to campuses.

Not doing so might result in one other nationwide outbreak, Birx stated, in keeping with an aide to one of many governors who was on the decision, which included Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Birx cited the University of Wisconsin at Madison for example. The college has arrange housing for students to isolate themselves in the event that they check optimistic, and for others at excessive danger of getting been uncovered to quarantine themselves, in order that the remainder of campus can proceed functioning.

The name was first reported by The Daily Beast. The website quoted Birx as having stated, “Sending these individuals back home in their asymptomatic state to spread the virus in their hometown or among their vulnerable households could really recreate what we experienced over the June time frame in the South. So I think every university president should have a plan for not only testing but caring for their students that need to isolate.”

Terry Hartle, the American Council on Education’s senior vice chairman for presidency and public affairs, stated faculties already are doing what Birx urged. “Any college that brings students back to campus will have a clear plan in place to isolate those who test positive and to provide medical assistance to individuals who need it,” he stated. “There is simply no way that a campus would go through the extensive planning related to reopening in the COVID environment — cleaning, testing, tracing and distancing — and fail to ask themselves, ‘How do we isolate and treat students who test positive?’”

— Kery Murakami

With Many Students Quarantined, Colorado College Goes Virtual

Sept. 1, 1:30 p.m. First Colorado College quarantined students in one among its three residence halls for 2 weeks after a student examined optimistic for COVID-19. Then the liberal arts faculty in Colorado Springs needed to do the identical with its different two residence halls, simply as the primary residence corridor accomplished its quarantine interval.

On Tuesday, faculty officers conceded that “despite our rigorous testing and response protocols … our earlier plans to bring the rest of our student body to campus … are no longer feasible.” The faculty plans to ship lessons remotely for the remainder of 2020 and require all students not in quarantine to go away campus by mid-September.

Colorado might be finest recognized for its block scheduling plan, which a number of faculties copied this yr presuming that it could give them extra flexibility to reply to potential COVID-19-required pivots.

The faculty’s COVID-19 dashboard reveals solely three optimistic circumstances (out of 1,111 checks), but it surely has not been up to date since final Wednesday. The dashboard confirmed a few quarter of its 805 students dwelling on campus as being in both quarantine or isolation, once more as of final Wednesday.

— Doug Lederman

Illinois State Records Over 1,000 Cases

Sept. 1, 12:30 p.m. More than 1,000 students have examined optimistic for COVID-19 at Illinois State University roughly two weeks into the autumn semester.

The 1,023 circumstances the college reported as of Tuesday characterize almost 5 % of its student physique, WGLT reported. The college has carried out about 4,400 checks at three areas on campus since Aug. 17, and its testing positivity charge for the final week is 24 %.

Illinois State is situated in Normal, Ill., which has enacted emergency orders aimed toward curbing the unfold of infections. One of these orders is a short lived ban on gatherings of greater than 10 folks close to campus. The different partially requires clients at bars and eating places that serve alcohol to be seated to be served.

University leaders say they’ve moved 80 % of lessons on-line, are encouraging school and employees members to work remotely if attainable, and have de-densified dorms. But Illinois State’s on-campus coronavirus testing is reportedly slower and dearer than checks being utilized in massive numbers on the state flagship, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Illinois State was compelled to vary its testing technique after the federal authorities redirected testing provides to nursing properties — a sequence of occasions that contributed to college leaders deciding to shift plans towards on-line lessons a few month in the past, as the beginning of the semester neared.

— Rick Seltzer

Sept. 1, 6:39 a.m. Scott Atlas, an adviser to President Trump on the coronavirus, stated Monday that faculty soccer will be performed safely through the pandemic, Click Orlando reported.

He stated faculty soccer gamers “are among the most fit people in the universe. They’re very low-risk people.”

“They have testing, they have doctors. This is the best possible healthy environment for the healthiest people. And so to start saying that we can’t have these sports when so many people in the community also depend upon the athletes themselves or their families — this shouldn’t really be a point of controversy,” Atlas stated.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences referred to as off the 2020 season resulting from coronavirus issues, however different big-time soccer conferences are taking part in this fall.

— Scott Jaschik

U of New England Warns Students They May Face Charges

Sept. 1, 6:27 a.m. The University of New England, in Maine, is warning students who attended an off-campus social gathering that they may face disciplinary motion, News Center Maine reported.

President James Herbert introduced the college’s first optimistic case of COVID-19 and two extra circumstances amongst undergraduate students.

Herbert stated the circumstances stemmed from “precisely the situation we have warned students against — a large off-campus gathering without masks and [social] distancing.”

— Scott Jaschik

Students, Employees Hold ‘Die-in’ at Georgia College

Aug. 28, 12:30 p.m. Students and employees members at Georgia College staged a protest this morning as the general public liberal arts faculty’s COVID-19 numbers proceed to mount.

The “die-in,” which was sponsored by the United Campus Workers of Georgia at GCSU union, featured masked and (largely) bodily distanced students and staff carrying indicators corresponding to “I can’t teach if I’m dead” and “I won’t die for the USG,” a reference to the University System of Georgia, of which Georgia College is part.

UCWGA-GCSU is demanding on-line studying choices for students and instructors, hazard pay, contact tracing, higher diagnostic testing and safety from layoffs. The union has stated neither testing nor quarantine housing has been offered by the college. Up to a 3rd of students could presently be in quarantine.

College officers, who’ve issued delicate statements and declined to reply quite a few questions from Inside Higher Ed reporters because the proportion of students with COVID-19 has hit 8 %, have stated any selections concerning the campus’s standing have to be made in session with officers from the system and from the state well being division. Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, has usually opposed aggressive efforts to include the coronavirus.

Georgia College up to date its COVID-19 webpage Friday morning so as to add one other 40 student circumstances from Thursday, pushing its student complete to 514 and its campus complete to 535. The faculty has about 7,000 students complete, however its on-campus inhabitants is decrease.

— Doug Lederman

Notre Dame Plans to Restart Undergraduate Classes in Person

Aug. 28, 11:05 a.m. The University of Notre Dame is transferring to carry in-person undergraduate lessons once more in phases beginning Wednesday, it introduced this morning.

Notre Dame will resume in-person lessons after two weeks of distant undergraduate instruction and bodily lockdown prompted by spiking COVID-19 infections. The college introduced Aug. 18 that it was closing public areas on campus, limiting entry to residence halls and asking students to not come to campus whereas its leaders reassessed plans amid a rising coronavirus an infection charge.

At the time, Notre Dame counted 147 confirmed circumstances since Aug. 3 out of a complete of 927 checks carried out. The college solely started lessons Aug. 10.

When asserting that it plans to renew in-person lessons for undergraduates, Notre Dame stated that the variety of new circumstances has decreased “substantially.” It cited a positivity charge of 6.3 % from Aug. 20 by way of Aug. 25, in addition to a positivity charge of lower than 1 % amongst over 1,200 surveillance checks on “members of the campus community.”

The college’s COVID-19 dashboard reveals 12 new optimistic circumstances out of 409 complete checks on Wednesday, the final day for which information have been posted. In the primary three days of this week, it reveals 66 new optimistic circumstances out of a complete of 1,504 checks.

“With these encouraging numbers, we believe we can plan to return to in-person classes and gradually open up the campus,” the college’s president, the Reverend John I. Jenkins, stated in a information launch.

Two safety companies and state troopers have been monitoring off-campus quarantine websites at Notre Dame after students have been stated to be leaving them in violation of guidelines, The South Bend Tribune reported yesterday. A Notre Dame spokesman has declined to supply extra info, citing student privateness issues.

Father Jenkins stated he was pleased with employees members who’ve gone “above and beyond their ordinary responsibilities to keep the campus open and safe.” He additionally harassed these on campus ought to put on masks, keep bodily distance, wash their fingers, full a each day well being examine, report for surveillance testing as requested and restrict social gatherings to 10 or fewer folks.

“The virus dealt us a blow and we stumbled, but we steadied ourselves and now we move on,” Father Jenkins stated. “Let us redouble our diligence in observing health protocols and recommit to a semester of learning and growth. Together, we are writing one of the great comebacks in Notre Dame history.”

Colleges throughout the nation have been grappling with the query of how they may resolve whether or not to proceed holding in-person lessons amid COVID-19 spikes. Relatively few have posted agency tips.

The World Health Organization has beneficial that governments shouldn’t start reopening till positivity testing charges stay at or beneath 5 % for at the very least 14 days.

— Rick Seltzer

U of Michigan President Sorry for Comparing COVID-19 Testing to HIV Testing

Aug. 28, 6:23 a.m. University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel apologized this week for evaluating the COVID-19 pandemic to the HIV epidemic of the Eighties, MLive reported.

Schlissel stated throughout a city corridor that testing may give a false sense of safety, and “that happened in the HIV epidemic when people got a negative test, and they presented it to their sex partners and spread the disease nonetheless.”

UM’s Queer Advocacy Coalition criticized the assertion for reinforcing stereotypes about homosexual folks.

“The analogy I used is not a good or fair one. In using this analogy to make my point, I unintentionally reinforced stereotypes that have been historically and unjustly assigned to the LGBTQIA+ community as well as other communities and persons affected by HIV and AIDS,” Schlissel wrote to the Queer Advocacy Coalition. “Again, for this I apologize, especially as it relates to groups that have been historically maligned and stereotyped. It was not my intention to disparage any community or person affected by HIV and AIDS.”

— Scott Jaschik

U of South Carolina President ‘Will Pull the Plug if I Have To’

Aug. 28, 5:30 a.m. Bob Caslen, president of the University of South Carolina, has ordered the event of a plan to close down the campus after the variety of circumstances of COVID-19 doubled in a day, to 380, The Post and Courier reported.

“We cannot sustain [191] new cases a day,” Caslen instructed school and employees. “And I certainly will pull the plug if I have to.”

Many of the circumstances are from the Greek system. Five homes are underneath quarantine.

“Was it predictable? Yes. Is it acceptable? Absolutely not,” Caslen stated. “We had appealed to students to do the right thing, although we knew realistically what we could expect.”

— Scott Jaschik

Bloomsburg University, Kalamazoo Go All Online for Semester

Aug. 27, 2:52 p.m. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and Kalamazoo College have each introduced that every one lessons shall be on-line for the autumn semester.

Bashar W. Hanna, Bloomsburg’s president, stated that he needed to supply programs in particular person. “Unfortunately, the circumstances have changed, and we have seen a concerning trend in positive COVID-19 cases within the BU community. After consultation with my leadership team, the members of our Council of Trustees, and the Office of the Chancellor, I have decided that, effective Monday, August 31, BU will transition to remote learning for all courses in progress,” he stated.

Jorge G. Gonzalez, president of Kalamazoo, stated, “I know that this is a deeply disappointing decision for everyone, especially for those of you looking forward to your first on-campus experience. While faculty and staff across the college are prepared for a return to campus next month, external factors have led us to this difficult decision.”

— Scott Jaschik

Cuomo Outlines Remote Learning Thresholds Via Twitter

Aug. 27, 2:45 p.m. New York governor Andrew Cuomo took to Twitter this morning to stipulate metrics that may set off distant studying at faculties with coronavirus outbreaks.

“As college students return to campus, schools must be prepared for all possibilities,” he wrote. “If a college experiences 100 COVID cases or an outbreak equal to 5 percent of its population (whichever is less) — that college MUST go to remote learning for 2 weeks while the situation is evaluated.”

Many of the universities which have already seen outbreaks this fall have reported case counts a lot increased than these thresholds.

— Lilah Burke

Georgia College Has 447 Cases, More Than 6% of Student Body

Aug. 26, 3:00 p.m. A complete of 447 folks — and roughly 440 students — at Georgia College have contracted COVID-19, in keeping with the general public liberal arts establishment’s public dashboard. That is greater than 6 % of its almost 7,000 students.

Inside Higher Ed‘s reporting has not revealed some other campus with anyplace close to that proportion of COVID-19 positivity among the many student physique to this point.

Officials on the faculty didn’t reply to a number of inquiries from Inside Higher Ed about what number of students are in isolation or quarantining, or concerning the faculty’s plans to limit in-person occasions or studying.

— Doug Lederman

Under Pressure, Arizona State Publishes Some COVID-19 Data

Aug. 26, 1:50 p.m. Arizona State University has come underneath criticism in latest weeks for declining to publish information concerning the unfold of COVID-19 amongst its 100,000-plus students and staff, citing privateness issues. On Wednesday, the college responded — partially.

In a message to the campus, President Michael Crow stated that the college had check outcomes from 32,729 students and staff and has “161 known positive cases within our community,” together with students and employees members on and off the campus.

Crow stated he knew that there “has been and will continue to be interest in this number,” and he dedicated to “regular updates about our COVID management strategy.”

But in response to an inquiry from Inside Higher Ed, an Arizona State spokesman acknowledged through electronic mail that the college didn’t plan to “have a dashboard/website, etc. with a running total. But we will have regular updates on trends — and we will be disclosing case counts in the future updates.”

University officers have cited privateness issues as a cause to not publish COVID-19 case information usually, however specialists have dismissed that as a legitimate cause to not publish info that isn’t personally identifiable.

— Doug Lederman

USC Reports 43 Cases, Despite Holding Classes Online

Aug. 25, 8:58 a.m. The University of Southern California resumed lessons one week in the past, with most of its programs provided on-line. Residence halls have remained largely closed and the college instructed students they need to not return to Los Angeles for the autumn time period. Despite these efforts, the college has reported 43 COVID-19 circumstances amongst students dwelling in off-campus housing. Over 100 students are actually in quarantine resulting from publicity, in keeping with a memo from Sarah Van Orman, chief well being officer for USC Student Health.

“This increase comes despite the continued State and County health guidance that significantly restricts in-person instruction and on-campus activities for universities located in counties that are on the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list, including Los Angeles County,” Van Orman wrote. “For students who remain on or near campus in shared living arrangements, we strongly advise you to act with caution and strictly follow all guidelines for physical distancing (6 ft.), avoiding gatherings with other outside your home, wearing face coverings around others to protect against respiratory droplets and proceed with high adherence to hand hygiene and frequent surface contact cleaning.”

— Lilah Burke

Alabama Reports 531 Cases, 159 at Mizzou, 107 at Iowa

Aug. 25, 7:45 a.m. The University of Alabama on Monday had 531 optimistic circumstances of COVID-19 amongst its students, school and employees members, the University of Alabama system reported.

The college’s lessons started lower than every week earlier, on Aug. 19. It reported 310 optimistic circumstances amongst almost 30,000 students who have been examined after they arrived on campus. Those circumstances weren’t included within the 531 new ones. The college’s isolation area for students with the virus presently is 20 % occupied, the system stated.

In an try to tamp down the outbreak, the town of Tuscaloosa, the place the college is situated, on Monday shut down its bars and bar service at eating places for 2 weeks, reported.

The University of Missouri at Columbia reported 159 lively circumstances of the virus amongst its students on Monday, the primary day of lessons on the college.

The University of Iowa additionally started its in-person lessons on Monday. It had 107 self-reported circumstances amongst students through the earlier week, and 4 amongst staff.

Alabama’s president, Stuart Bell, didn’t blame students when addressing the spike in circumstances.

“Our challenge is not the students,” Bell stated, in keeping with “Our challenge is the virus and there’s a difference, folks. What we have to do is identify where does the virus thrive and where does the virus spread and how can we work together with our students, with our faculty and with our staff to make sure that we minimize those places, those incidents. It’s not student behavior, OK. It’s how do we have protocols so that we make it to where our students can be successful, and we can minimize the impact of the virus.”

— Paul Fain

Ohio State University Hands Out 228 Interim Suspensions

Aug. 24, 4:03 p.m. Ohio State University has issued 228 interim suspensions to students for violating new coronavirus-related security tips, WSYX/WTTE ABC 6 has reported. The college has threatened penalties for students who host gatherings of greater than 10 folks, the place persons are not sporting masks or social distancing.

— Lilah Burke

Cases Spike at Auburn, Bars Shutter in Tuscaloosa

Aug. 24, 3:45 p.m. Auburn University reported 207 new optimistic circumstances of COVID-19 from final week, together with 202 students and 5 staff. Those numbers are a fivefold enhance from the 41 positives circumstances reported through the earlier week. The college has had 545 complete optimistic circumstances since March.

Students packed bars in downtown Auburn over the weekend, reported. And officers now are investigating stories of students not sporting masks or training social distancing within the bars. The state of Alabama has a masks mandate in place till the top of the month.

The University of Alabama right now declined to launch particular numbers of optimistic circumstances on campus, in keeping with But the University of Alabama system plans to announce these numbers later right now.

Cases look like spreading in Tuscaloosa, nonetheless, the place the college is situated. And the town right now closed bars and suspended bar service at eating places for 2 weeks, the positioning reported, to attempt to gradual the unfold of the virus.

“They have made tough decisions, and I appreciate Mayor Walt Maddox and the University of Alabama leadership for tackling a serious problem as quickly as possible,” Kay Ivey, the state’s Republican governor, stated in an announcement.

— Paul Fain

On the First Day of Class for Many, Zoom Is Down

Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. The educational yr is off to a tough begin at a number of establishments.

Zoom, the videoconferencing platform now utilized by almost everybody through the age of social distancing, is going through technical difficulties. The firm’s conferences and video webinar companies have been partially down since at the very least 8:51 a.m. Eastern time, in keeping with its standing updates website.

The outages are targeting the East Coast, in keeping with web site that tracks outages of on-line platforms. By about 11 a.m., service was restored for some customers.

Students and college members at a number of universities posted concerning the disruption on social media, together with these at Temple and Widener Universities, Florida State University, and Pennsylvania State University.

An organization spokesperson offered the next assertion: “We have resolved an issue that caused some users to be unable to start and join Zoom Meetings and Webinars or manage aspects of their account on the Zoom website. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.”

— Madeline St. Amour

University of Iowa Drops Four Sports, Citing Impact of COVID-19

Aug. 21, 4:35 p.m. The University of Iowa introduced Friday that it could discontinue 4 sports activities groups, citing a virtually $100 million decline in athletics income because of the Big Ten Conference’s resolution to forgo fall competitors. As a part of a plan to shut a deficit of as much as $75 million within the 2020-21 fiscal yr, Iowa stated it could finish its varsity applications in males’s gymnastics, males’s and ladies’s swimming and diving, and males’s tennis after the present educational yr.

President Bruce Harreld stated the college thought-about a number of elements along with cost-cutting in its resolution, together with Iowa’s compliance with federal gender fairness necessities and the state of the sports activities inside the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

“We are heartbroken for our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” Harreld stated. “We also understand how disappointing this is for our letterwinners, alumni, donors and community members who have helped build these programs.”

— Doug Lederman

North Carolina State, La Salle Move Undergraduate Classes Online

Aug. 20, 2:41 p.m. North Carolina State University introduced Thursday that every one undergraduate programs this semester shall be on-line.

Randy Woodson, the chancellor, wrote that “battling the spread of COVID-19 is a challenging endeavor even when everyone is practicing safety measures. Unfortunately, the actions of a few are jeopardizing the health and safety of the larger community. This week we’ve seen a rapidly increasing trend in COVID-19 infections in the NC State community, including the clusters mentioned above. As of today, through our aggressive contact tracing program we have more than 500 students in quarantine and isolation, mostly off campus, who have either tested positive or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. We are also investigating other potential off-campus clusters. To best protect the health and safety of the entire campus community, we are making difficult decisions and implementing the following changes to campus operations.”

He stated that every one undergraduate lessons could be on-line, efficient Monday. Currently, a majority of lessons are on-line.

Woodson added that students will have the ability to keep in residence halls. “We understand how important it is for many of our students, and their families, to have the benefits of an on-campus experience, even at this time of reduced operations. For our residential students who want to continue living on campus and receiving the support it provides, you are welcome to stay — we are not closing on-campus housing,” he wrote. “With oversight from dedicated staff and resident advisors, and the continued outstanding cooperation from student residents, we are confident that the spread of the virus can be limited. We’ll continue proactively monitoring the virus with the hope of keeping on-campus housing open throughout the semester. Of course, we’ll change direction if needed in order to protect our students and staff.”

La Salle University, in Philadelphia, introduced the same transfer. However, the college can even shut residence halls to most students.

— Scott Jaschik

UConn Evicts Students Who Held Party Without Social Distancing

Aug. 20, 6:30 a.m. The University of Connecticut has evicted students who held a packed social gathering in a residence corridor with out social distancing or face masks, The Hartford Courant reported. The students grew to become recognized as a result of video of the social gathering was broadly circulated.

The college stated the students have been “endangering not only their own health and well-being, but that of others.”

UConn dean of students Eleanor Daugherty and residential life director Pamela Schipani stated in letter to all students that those that have been evicted didn’t characterize the complete student physique. “Our residential community has demonstrated an admirable commitment to follow universal precautions and keep our community safe. In doing so, they have made considerable sacrifice. We cannot afford the cost to the public health that is associated with inviting students into a room for a late night party,” they wrote. “The vast majority of our students are doing the right thing — but every student needs to do the same.”

— Scott Jaschik

Drexel Pivots to Online, Pitt Extends Remote-Only

Aug. 19, 3:35 p.m. The University of Pittsburgh will lengthen its interval of distant instruction till Sept. 14, Ann E. Cudd, the college’s provost and senior vice chancellor, stated in a written assertion. Pitt started its fall time period this week with distant lessons and had deliberate to maneuver to largely in-person subsequent week. But Cudd stated the college made the adjustment right now to “allow for completion of staged arrival and shelter-in-place procedures so that all students can start in-person classes at the same time.”

Drexel University, situated in Philadelphia, will stay closed to undergraduates with its programs remaining distant all through the autumn time period.

“We had all hoped to stage our gradual return to campus,” John Fry, Drexel’s president, stated in an announcement, “but the shifting nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on other colleges and universities has necessitated a change of course for Drexel.”

The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday introduced it was suspending in-person lessons for 2 weeks after a spike of COVID-19 circumstances amongst students. And Michigan State University instructed students who had deliberate to stay in residence halls to remain residence because the college moved programs that have been scheduled for in-person codecs to distant ones. Those strikes adopted the Monday resolution by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to go distant and to ship undergraduates residence after a number of COVID-19 clusters emerged amongst students.

— Paul Fain

Warren and Tlaib Question Student Housing Developer Over Reopening Pressure

Aug. 19, 10 a.m. Two progressive members of Congress are probing a student housing developer for urgent universities this spring on the monetary ramifications of their fall reopening plans and the chance they might minimize housing occupancy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Rashida Tlaib, each Democrats, yesterday despatched a letter to John G. Picerne, the founder and CEO of housing developer and operator Corvias. They requested details about the Rhode Island-based firm allegedly “putting profits above public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

As first reported in Inside Higher Ed earlier this month, Corvias wrote to public college officers in at the very least two states in May, telling college leaders the corporate had not accepted the chance of universities taking “unilateral actions” that may damage student housing income. The firm despatched almost equivalent letters to leaders on the University System of Georgia and Wayne State University in Detroit. Leaders on the Georgia system and lots of of its campuses the place Corvias operates housing have denied any exterior affect over their reopening selections, as have Wayne State leaders.

Warren and Tlaib are asking Corvias to supply a number of items of data by Sept. 1. They embody a listing of all increased schooling companions for which the corporate manages, operates or builds student housing; copies of all written communications between the corporate and college companions relating to the standing of student housing for the upcoming educational yr; and details about whether or not the corporate has engaged in any authorized motion or communications telling faculties and universities they can not cut back student housing occupancy.

Further, the Democrats’ letter asks if Corvias agrees with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s danger assessments for student housing occupancy, what steps it’s taking to cut back dangers of student housing residences it manages and if the corporate consulted public well being specialists or state officers earlier than making arguments concerning the variety of students housed in buildings. They additionally search copies of the agreements between the corporate and universities and particulars about how these agreements enable for firm income.

“Reports that Corvias has been pushing for a less restricted reopening of on-campus housing that would be inconsistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines raise serious questions about the nature of these partnerships and the private sector influences affecting campuses as they make important public health decisions for the Fall,” Warren and Tlaib wrote.

Their letter additionally famous that an investigation of privatized housing within the army raised issues about Corvias.

“It would be troubling if Corvias was once again prioritizing its profits over the health and safety of its residents,” they wrote.

Corvias has not responded to a number of requests for remark since its May letters have been first uncovered.

— Rick Seltzer

Positive Cases Spike at Notre Dame

Aug. 18, 2:33 p.m. The University of Notre Dame reported 80 new confirmed COVID-19 circumstances on its campus right now. The college’s each day report included 418 new checks, for a positivity charge of roughly 19 %.

Notre Dame welcomed students again to campus on Aug. 3 for its fall time period, which it plans to conclude in late November. The college carried out pre-matriculation virus checks of all undergraduate and graduate students. It discovered 33 optimistic circumstances amongst these 11,836 checks, for a positivity charge of simply 0.28 %. Since Aug. 3, the college has reported a complete of 147 confirmed circumstances from 927 checks.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, is scheduled to “discuss with students the current state of COVID-19 cases at the university” later right now.

— Paul Fain

COVID-19 Cluster at Kansas’ Bethel College

Aug. 17, 4:25 p.m. Nearly 10 % of the primary roughly 500 students and staff examined for COVID-19 at Bethel College, in Kansas, have the virus, the native well being company and Bethel’s president introduced Monday.

In a videotaped assertion, Jonathan Gering, Bethel’s president, stated that “approximately 50” of these examined as they got here to campus this week had the virus, together with 43 students and 7 staff. Those who examined optimistic have been in isolation on the campus, and phone tracing had begun to establish others who had contact with these contaminated. Some of these recognized are already in quarantine, Gering stated.

The 43 contaminated students got here from “faraway states and nearby locations as well,” Gering stated. They represented a large fraction of Bethel’s roughly 500-student enrollment, since solely about two-thirds of students had arrived on campus already for Wednesday’s deliberate first day of lessons.

Gering stated Bethel would delay the arrival of these students who had not but come to the campus. “We’ll get you here when it’s safe to do so,” he stated. Courses will start on-line.

He additionally stated that the school had moved to “orange” in its color-coded virus response system, and that students could be discouraged from leaving campus and guests barred from coming onto campus.

— Doug Lederman

UNC Chapel Hill Pivots to Remote Instruction

Aug. 17, 4:05 p.m. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has introduced that every one of its undergraduate instruction shall be distant, efficient Aug. 19 — 9 days after the college held its first in-person lessons for the autumn time period.

The college cited a “spate of COVID-19 infection clusters” in making the choice. Three introduced clusters final week have been in student housing, with a fourth linked to a fraternity. UNC on its COVID-19 dashboard reported 130 new optimistic student circumstances within the final week, and 5 optimistic circumstances amongst staff.

Chapel Hill reported a excessive and quickly rising positivity charge among the many almost 1,000 students it had examined as of this morning.

“In just the past week (Aug. 10-16), we have seen the COVID-19 positivity rate rise from 2.8 percent to 13.6 percent at Campus Health,” stated Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Chapel Hill’s chancellor, and Robert A. Blouin, its government vice chancellor and provost, wrote to staff.

In addition to shifting its instruction to distant studying, the college stated it could proceed to “greatly reduce residence hall occupancy,” which it stated have been at 60 % capability.

Barbara Ok. Rimer, dean of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, on Monday wrote on her weblog that the college ought to “take an off-ramp and return to remote operations for teaching and learning.”

She cited stories of noncompliance with social distancing by students off campus, saying the reopening was not working. “The rationale for taking an off-ramp now is that the number of clusters is growing and soon could become out of control, threatening the health of others on campus and in the community and putting scarce resources at risk,” wrote Rimer.

UNC’s campus well being companies reported that 177 students have been in isolation Monday, with 349 in quarantine.

“There are no easy answers as the nation navigates through the pandemic. At this point we haven’t received any information that would lead to similar modifications at any of our other universities,” Peter Hans, the UNC system’s president, stated in a written assertion. “Whether at Chapel Hill or another institution, students must continue to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing, as their personal responsibility, particularly in off-campus settings, is critical to the success of this semester and to protect public health.”

— Paul Fain

UNC Chapel Hill Faculty Call Emergency Meeting After Fourth COVID Cluster

Aug. 16, 4:41 p.m. The Faculty Executive Committee at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will maintain a gathering Monday to debate the rising variety of coronavirus circumstances after the college reported a fourth cluster of circumstances on Sunday, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. A cluster is outlined as 5 or extra circumstances in shut proximity.

Three of the introduced clusters have been in student housing complexes, and the fourth was linked to a fraternity.

The chair of the college, Mimi Chapman, wrote to the UNC System Board of Governors over the weekend urging it to offer UNC Chapel Hill’s chancellor authority to make selections in response to the pandemic.

“We knew there would be positive cases on our campus. But clusters, five or more people that are connected in one place, are a different story,” Chapman wrote. “The presence of clusters should be triggering reconsideration of residential, in-person learning. However, moving to remote instruction cannot be done without your approval.”

Classes started on the Chapel Hill campus final week. The college opened for in-person lessons over the objections of the native county well being director.

— Elizabeth Redden

UNC Chapel Hill Reports 2 COVID-19 Clusters

Aug. 14, 4:32 p.m. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill knowledgeable students, school and employees members this afternoon that it has recognized two clusters of COVID-19 circumstances at student housing complexes.

A cluster is 5 or extra circumstances in shut proximity inside a single residential corridor or dwelling. Those within the clusters “are isolating and receiving medical monitoring,” in keeping with an alert issued this afternoon. Local well being officers have been notified, and efforts are underneath method to establish others who might have been uncovered.

“All residents in these living spaces have been provided additional information about these clusters and next steps,” the alert stated. “Contact tracing has been initiated with direct communication to anyone determined to have been a close contact with a positive individual. A close contact is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes when either person has not been wearing a face covering. Those identified as a close contact will be notified directly and provided with further guidance.”

The clusters are on the Ehringhaus Community and Granville Towers. Ehringhaus has four-bedroom suites and is closely skewed towards first-year student residents. Granville Towers are privately managed.

Chapel Hill’s COVID-19 dashboard reveals essential campus housing occupancy at 60.7 % as of Monday and Granville Towers occupancy at 76.6 %.

The college cited the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act when issuing the alert. That act set necessities for disseminating well being and security info on campus. But Chapel Hill doesn’t plan to supply particulars about particular person optimistic circumstances, citing privateness concerns and legal guidelines.

Chapel Hill held its first day of lessons Monday.

— Rick Seltzer

Twenty-Eight COVID-19 Cases on the U. of Tennessee, Knoxville

Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville reported that 20 students and eight employees members have COVID-19, WATE News reported right now. Due to potential publicity, 155 persons are self-isolating, officers stated. Students began transferring into residence halls on the college on Aug. 9.

— Lilah Burke

Medical Advisers to NCAA Discourage Fall Sports Competition

Aug. 13, 1:30 p.m. Several medical specialists with key roles in advising the National Collegiate Athletic Association provided discouraging phrases about fall sports activities competitors in a convention name with reporters Thursday, in keeping with information stories.

“I feel like the Titanic. We have hit the iceberg, and we’re trying to make decisions of what time should we have the band play,” ESPN quoted Dr. Carlos Del Rio, government affiliate dean at Emory University and a member of the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel, as saying. “We need to focus on what’s important. What’s important right now is we need to control this virus. Not having fall sports this year, in controlling this virus, would be to me the No. 1 priority.”

Most faculty sports activities conferences have opted to not maintain intercollegiate competitors this fall, however a number of leagues that play high-profile (and high-dollar) soccer are planning to play on.

Dr. Colleen Kraft, an affiliate professor of infectious illnesses at Emory and a member of the NCAA panel, stated of the leagues planning to compete: “There will be transmissions [of COVID-19], and they will have to stop their games,” in keeping with ESPN.

Officials on the Big Ten and the Pac-12, the 2 leagues within the Power Five soccer sequence which have opted to not play this fall, have particularly cited issues about apparently elevated incidence of myocarditis, a probably lethal coronary heart situation, associated to COVID-19. The NCAA’s chief medical officer, Dr. Brian Hainline, stated on the convention name that between 1 and a couple of % of all athletes who’ve been examined by NCAA members have examined optimistic for the coronavirus, and that at the very least a dozen have myocarditis, ESPN reported.

Dr. Kraft stated faculties have been “playing with fire” relating to myocarditis.

— Doug Lederman

Athletic Departments May Need ‘Extraordinary Support’ as Cancellations Hit Revenue

Aug. 13, 12:23 p.m. The latest spate of athletic convention selections to postpone fall sports activities means substantial income shocks for faculty athletic departments, and chopping bills won’t at all times be sufficient to soak up the blow, in keeping with a brand new report from Moody’s Investors Service.

Because sports activities are strategically essential for universities, Moody’s expects universities to supply “extraordinary support” like inside loans with the intention to keep present on debt funds for athletic services. Colleges and universities could faucet their monetary reserves to shut price range gaps tied to the pandemic, the scores company stated in a report launched Thursday morning.

“Athletic expenses have grown significantly in recent years, including certain fixed costs such as debt service, which will impact universities’ ability to adjust to the disruption,” stated Dennis Gephardt, vice chairman at Moody’s, in an announcement.

Fall sports activities cancellations reached a crescendo this week when two of an important conferences for faculty soccer, the Big Ten and the Pac-12, joined many non-Power Five conferences and applications in pulling the plug on fall sports activities amid COVID-19 issues. Although the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Big 12 have been nonetheless hoping to play soccer, the ramifications of current cancellations shall be felt throughout increased schooling.

Football has been the largest driver of athletic income within the sector. Football contributed $5.8 billion in 2018, a whopping 40 % of the $14.6 billion in complete athletic income counted by Moody’s. Growth in income has been pushed by media rights just like the funds tv networks make for the fitting to broadcast video games.

Disappearing ticket gross sales can even hit income. Although some donor help is perhaps anticipated to offset losses, a good portion of donor help comes from seating precedence applications — donors shopping for the fitting to select seats underneath sure circumstances.

This scenario is especially essential as a result of the median athletic division broke even in 2018, which means a major variety of departments misplaced cash.

Moody’s referred to as that yr a comparatively sturdy income yr. Still, greater than a 3rd of Division I public universities, 37 %, reported bills exceeded income that yr. The median working deficit amongst that group was 3 %.

Conferences that generate extra athletic income usually reported higher working efficiency than others. The monetary well being of operations varies vastly throughout athletic conferences.

“Compensation for coaches as well as other athletic support and administrative expenses among NCAA Division I members make up the largest portion of the expense base for a combined 35 percent and will be a focus for expense management efforts in fiscal 2021,” Moody’s stated in its observe. “With games canceled, universities will save some money on game day operations and travel expenses.”

Athletics requires extra capital than different arms of upper schooling. Median debt-to-operating-revenue was 58 % for public increased schooling general, in comparison with 66 % for establishments competing within the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Facility bills and debt service at Division I public universities drove will increase in debt between 2013 and 2018, with debt rising 54 % in that interval to a complete of $2.3 billion.

“Given the revenue shocks, many athletic departments will not be able to cover debt service with net revenue from recurring operations, prompting the need to fill the gap from appropriate auxiliary and/or other reserves. In many cases, this is likely to take the form of internal loans that the athletic departments will need to repay the university over time,” the Moody’s report stated.

All of this follows the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments within the spring. Men’s basketball accounted for about 15 % of 2018 athletic income throughout increased schooling. Women’s basketball was 7 %.

Still to be decided is how the unfold of COVID-19 impacts sports activities scheduled for later within the yr and the way universities stability pressures on athletics towards pressures to different elements of their operations.

“Budget difficulties at athletic departments will add to the financial strains facing universities, including a tuition revenue pinch, reduced state funding and incremental expenses to combat the coronavirus,” the Moody’s report stated.

— Rick Seltzer

A survey by Pearson finds that 77 % of Americans suppose that reopening faculties and universities is important to a wholesome financial system. But 62 % say faculties and universities are risking the lives of students by reopening within the fall.

–Scott Jaschik

Aug. 11, 4:40 p.m. The Pac-12, one other “Power Five” convention, shortly adopted the Big Ten Conference with a choice to postpone fall sports activities for the rest of 2020 at its establishments on the West Coast. The postponement additionally contains winter sports activities, that are on maintain for the rest of the yr, and the convention will contemplate taking part in all sports activities impacted by the choice in 2021, the Pac-12 stated in a launch concerning the resolution.

Three Power Five conferences, the Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference, which embody the nation’s prime soccer applications and acquire most from the game’s monetary advantages, haven’t but introduced postponement of the autumn sports activities season and are transferring ahead with modified schedules as of Aug. 11.

Aug. 11, 3:32 p.m. The Big Ten Conference formally postponed its 2020-21 fall sports activities season, together with soccer. The resolution impacts among the prime faculty soccer groups within the nation and was discouraged by a number of federal lawmakers on Monday.

Kevin Warren, commissioner of the Big Ten, stated in a information launch that athletes’ psychological and bodily well being was “at the center” of the choice and that the coronavirus posed too many potential medical dangers for the season to proceed this fall. Spring competitors for soccer and different fall sports activities, together with cross nation, subject hockey, soccer and volleyball, shall be thought-about, the Big Ten stated within the assertion.

— Greta Anderson

Notre Dame President Apologizes for Photos

Aug. 11, 7:20 a.m. Rev. John I. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, has apologized for letting a number of students take images of him that weren’t protected.

“In a few instances, over recent days, I stopped for photos with some of you on the quad,” Father Jenkins wrote to students. “While all of the scientific evidence indicates that the risk of transmission is far lower outdoors than indoors, I want to remind you (and myself!) that we should stay at least six feet apart. I recognize that it’s not easy, particularly when we are reuniting with such great friends. I am sorry for my poor example, and I am recommitting to do my best. I am confident you will too.”

— Scott Jaschik

Financial Aid Applications Lag for Low-Income Students

Aug. 10, 12:45 p.m. Applications for federal and state monetary assist for faculty are a number one indicator of what number of students will enroll in and full a university diploma. A University of Michigan research reveals that these purposes haven’t elevated with the extra want created by the coronavirus pandemic

The research discovered no will increase in Michigan in students filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Tuition Incentive Program, Michigan’s largest state scholarship program for low-income students.

“It is worrying that we haven’t seen any aid application expansion, and particularly that the gaps based on race or school income level have widened. FAFSA and TIP completion rates would need to be even higher than normal to keep up with the challenges created by the pandemic,” stated Kevin Stange, affiliate professor on the Ford School of Public Policy.

— Scott Jaschik

Report: Big Ten Votes to Cancel Football Season

Aug. 10, 12:06 p.m. University presidents within the Big Ten Conference, one of many NCAA Division I “Power Five” conferences, voted to cancel the 2020 soccer season, The Detroit Free Press reported. The convention had initially deliberate for conference-only competitors, however has confronted elevated strain during the last week from athletes organizing to enhance well being and security measures for play amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Other Power Five conferences, which embody the nation’s prime faculty athletics applications, are anticipated to make bulletins concerning the fall season early this week, ESPN reported. Division II and III leaders determined final week that they might cancel fall athletic championships, and the primary convention within the Football Bowl Subdivision, the Mid-American Conference, postponed fall sports activities on Aug. 8.

— Greta Anderson