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Despite COVID-19, University of Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech Thirsty for In-Person Classes

As the number of coronavirus cases exploded across the University of Georgia’s Athens campus in late August, some faculty began asking department heads about shifting from in-person classes to an online curriculum. 

After fielding several requests, one faculty chair emailed a dire warning to members of his department: the university would reject any official requests to switch to online learning. And if professors attempted to switch unofficially, the state university system was prepared to track them down.

“I’ve been advised that physical audits (by USG auditors) may take place that check to see that… the class is meeting the day/time/classroom that is listed in the instructional plan,” the chair wrote in an email obtained by The Daily Beast on the condition that the author not be identified. USG refers to University System of Georgia, the governing body of the state’s 26 public universities.

Objections from students taking the classes,

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Temple University announces 2-week halt of in-person classes

PHILADELPHIA — Temple University has announced a two-week halt of in-person classes as Philadelphia officials called on all college and university students in the city to avoid all social gatherings with people outside their households.

Temple officials said Sunday that new test results over the weekend had pushed the number of active COVID-19 cases from the 58 reported Friday to 103 active cases, most of them among people with no symptoms and a small number with mild to moderate flu-like symptoms.

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University president Richard Englert said officials believe they are seeing “new cases that result from small social gatherings happening off campus.” He said that prompted the two-week “pause” on in-person classes and a contact tracing effort.

“We are hopeful, of course, that we will be able to return to the full hybrid program in place at the start

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University of Alabama Emphasizes Quarantine Protocols as Over 1,000 Students Test Positive Since Classes Resumed

The University of Alabama (UA) on Friday made clear its quarantine and isolation protocols, the same day the school announced it has had more than 1,000 students test positive for coronavirus since classes resumed August 19.



A woman wearing a mask walks past a COVID-19 exit here sign on NYU's Kimmel Center for University Life as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 19, 2020 in New York City. The University of Alabama (UA) made clear its quarantine and isolation protocols on August 28, the same day the school announced it has had more than 1,000 students test positive for coronavirus since classes resumed August 19.


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A woman wearing a mask walks past a COVID-19 exit here sign on NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 19, 2020 in New York City. The University of Alabama (UA) made clear its quarantine and isolation protocols on August 28, the same day the school announced it has had more than 1,000 students test positive for coronavirus since classes resumed August 19.

UA administrators released the most recent round of coronavirus numbers Friday evening, reporting an additional 481 positive cases in students just within the past three days. From August 19 to

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College students demand tuition cuts amid plans to keep classes virtual

As more universities abandon plans to reopen and decide instead to keep classes online this fall, it’s leading to conflict between students who say they deserve tuition discounts and college leaders who insist remote learning is worth the full cost.

Disputes are flaring both at colleges that announced weeks ago they would stick with virtual instruction and at those that only recently lost hope of reopening their campuses. Among the latest schools facing pressure to lower tuition are Michigan State University and Ithaca College, which scrapped plans to reopen after seeing other colleges struggle to contain coronavirus outbreaks.

The scourge has killed more than 175,000 people in the United States. Worldwide, the confirmed death toll hit 800,000 on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and cases were nearing 23 million.

In petitions started at dozens of universities, students arguing for reduced tuition say online classes fail to deliver

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University of Pittsburgh delays in-person classes because of student partying: Today in Pa.

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The Pennsylvania Farm Show announces plans to go virtual in 2021. Meanwhile, University of Pittsburgh has to delay the start of in-person classes after reports of students partying off campus. Coronavirus restrictions mean some schools will have to play their football games in other counties. The Great Allentown Fair has a plan to help people get their fair food fix, even if the fair itself is canceled.

Those are the stories we cover in the latest episode of “Today in Pa,” a daily weekday podcast from PennLive.com and hosted by Julia Hatmaker. “Today in Pa” is dedicated to sharing the most important and interesting stories in the state.

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Michigan State University suspends in-person classes amid outbreak

At least a dozen athletes have tested positive at the University of Mississippi, with classes set to resume there next week. It comes as COVID-19 concerns spread across college campuses nationwide. Michigan State is the latest university to scrap in-person classes. 

“I think time will tell whether this is the right decision or not,” said Michigan State President Samuel Stanley.

Analise Macksood was just moving into her freshman dorm after a lost spring. “We’re like, your kidding,” Macksood said.

“Prom, finals, graduation, everything. Summer hit and we were told, ‘Oh, you get a whole new fresh start in college,’ and then that gets taken away.” she told CBS News. “It sucks, to be honest. It sucks.”

Michigan State joins Notre Dame and North Carolina to go virtual this fall. Nationwide, more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported on college campuses since July.

Other schools are keeping students on campus

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What will student protests look like when classes are online?

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Editor’s note: Campus protests have become a mainstay in American higher education in recent years. But now that many colleges and universities will be conducting classes online due to COVID-19, the nature of college protests is likely to change. That’s according to Sam Abrams, professor of political science at Sarah Lawrence College; Jonathan Flowers, a visiting assistant philosophy professor at Worcester State University; and April Logan, professor of English literature at Salisbury University, who shared their views in the following Q&A.

How might campus protests be different this fall?

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Notre Dame pauses in-person classes; Hawaii delays tourism reopening; Ohio to allow prep sports; 171K US deaths

A second major university is suspending classes right after the start of the new academic year due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The University of Notre Dame paused in-person instruction Tuesday, a day after a similar move by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Notre Dame is putting the classes online for two weeks and not sending students home, apparently in hopes that the infections won’t grow worse.

But for those who believe enough people will become infected in the world to create “herd immunity,” the World Health Organization had bad news Tuesday.

A researcher said we’re still a long ways off from that point in which enough people have antibodies from the virus that it can halt the spread before vaccines become available, the Daily Mail reported. The big problem at the moment is younger persons, those in the 20s, 30s or 40s, with mild or no symptoms

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Notre Dame pauses in-person classes; Chicago’s Navy Pier to close early; Mississippi reports cases in 71 counties

A second major university is suspending classes right after the start of the new academic year due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The University of Notre Dame paused in-person instruction Tuesday, a day after a similar move by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Notre Dame is putting the classes online for two weeks and not sending students home, apparently in hopes that the infections won’t grow worse.

But for those who believe enough people will become infected in the world to create “herd immunity,” the World Health Organization had bad news Tuesday.

A researcher said we’re still a long ways off from that point in which enough people have antibodies from the virus that it can halt the spread before vaccines become available, the Daily Mail reported. The big problem at the moment is younger persons, those in the 20s, 30s or 40s, with mild or no symptoms

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Notre Dame becomes latest university to suspend in-person classes

By Gabriella Borter and Andrew Hay

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday suspended in-person classes and moved them online for at least two weeks after seeing a surge in coronavirus cases, the latest university to roll back campus reopenings.

Notre Dame University President John Jenkins announced the decision after the prestigious Catholic university near South Bend, Indiana, reported a spike of 80 positive test results on Monday, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 147 since Aug. 3, according to the university’s website.

The results from 418 tests represented a positivity rate of 19 percent at the school with overall positivity at around 16 percent since Aug. 3.

Notre Dame will close all public spaces on campus, restrict residence halls to residents only and limit gatherings to ten people always wearing masks, Jenkins said in an online video presentation.

“If these steps are not

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