- The surging is spurring some colleges to make early changes to their health and safety plans as students arrive on campuses for the fall.
- Some institutions are switching classes online for a few weeks, and at least one university delayed the start of its semester. Many colleges are also reinstating mandatory mask-wearing , even among vaccinated students and employees.
- Not every , however, prompting a backlash, particularly among faculty members.
The delta strain shattered hopes for a typical start to the. Coronavirus numbers are skyrocketing again in the U.S., the country could soon tally 200,000 new cases per day.
The variant’s effects are already apparent on some campuses. According to a local media report, amid, Wiley College, a historically Black institution in Texas, instituted a campuswide quarantine on Aug. 11 that officials there expect to last at least two weeks Everyone on campus will remain isolated until they test negative for the virus.
Some colleges have set up new preventive measures.
California State University, Stanislaus,its campus reopening. While classes are set to begin as scheduled on Aug. 23, the institution won’t start in-person instruction until Oct. 1; its . The university allows students to move into campus housing, but only if they show proof of and evidence of a negative coronavirus test.
South Carolina State University, a public HBCU,the fall semester by several days to persuade students to get vaccinated at on-campus clinics and teach them about the coronavirus. The university also put in masking requirements after the state’s Supreme Court blanket mandates covering vaccinated and unvaccinated.
“As the university steps up its response to this, we will do all we can to encourage students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated if they have not done so already,” Alexander Conyers, the university’s acting president, said in a statement.
But not every institution is modifying, much to the chagrin of some faculty members and staff. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill urges administrators to move classes online for four to six weeks, accusing the flagship institution of not having an “off-ramp” into remote learning. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 150 students and employees for the virus this month.
The UNC system isn’t mandating vaccines for those at its universities,who don’t offer proof they’ve been inoculated to be tested for the virus weekly.
was one of the first colleges to flip back to virtual learning last academic year after cases spiked. It for letting politics influence its reopening plans.
In an interview with investigative outlet N.C. Policy Watch Jim Thomas, a former Chapel Hill epidemiologist, said the institution’s mistakes mirror. Thomas told the publication that, similar to , administrators’ posture is “one of determination” and that the narrative had considered all contingencies. “The same is true this . Thus, with the determination comes a lack of transparency,” Thomas told the publication.