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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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Notre Dame halts in-person teaching for two weeks amid coronavirus outbreak

Michigan State University also announced Tuesday that it will teach most courses remotely starting Sept. 2, scrapping plans for some in-person and hybrid instruction. The public university in East Lansing urged undergraduates to stay home. The public University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which opened for in-person teaching last week, is also moving online after a surge in cases.

The Rev. John I. Jenkins, president of Notre Dame, announced his school’s pivot in remarks to students Tuesday, eight days after the term began on the campus of the Catholic university in South Bend, Ind.

Jenkins said the number of confirmed cases this month has risen to 147, up from a previously published count of nearly 60. Nearly all those infected are students, though none have been hospitalized. Much of the spread, officials said, has been among seniors living off campus.

“This spike in cases is very serious, and we

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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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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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Is In-Person Voting Really Unsafe?

DEREK R. HENKLE
DEREK R. HENKLE

The fear in Wisconsin was clear. 

The coronavirus pandemic was still relatively new in early April as the Wisconsin governor’s late attempt to delay the fast-approaching primary election was thwarted by a GOP court challenge. And even with a crucial state supreme court seat on the line, along with the presidential primary, some Democrats worried that asking people to head to the polls on election day could be a major health risk.  

Four months later, as other states have also taken a similar blended election approach with an emphasis on mail-in voting along with in-person options, those concerns may have not been as far-reaching as some had first feared. But as the country hurtles towards holding a contentious presidential election during the pandemic, both health and voting rights experts remain alarmed as political battles rage over elections during the pandemic. 

“We were lucky in April here, I

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Rowan University To Start Fall With In-Person, Remote Learning

Rowan University will begin its fall semester with a mix of remote and in-person learning as New Jersey continues to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our faculty have worked to transfer and refine their curricula to provide students a robust academic experience delivered within all public health guidelines,” university officials said this week. “While we had planned for a full return to campus this fall, it is apparent that New Jersey will remain in Stage 2 of its reopening plan for the foreseeable future, so we will begin the fall semester accordingly.”

Students will be able to live in on-campus housing from the start of the semester, with enhanced health and safety measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The university will remain flexible with their deadlines for anyone who would like to live on campus. Students will be permitted to return to on-campus housing at any

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