Faculty of UMD’s largest college threatens to teach online only

DULUTH – Leaders of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s largest college may put all their classes online if administrators don’t meet demands to make the campus better prepared for the pandemic.

“It is difficult to imagine that we will be able to be in person for more than a few weeks with what we know of the current plan,” wrote the department heads of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering in a letter to UMD Chancellor Lendley Black. “We are risking our ability to deliver classes even remotely if we do not achieve these items very quickly.”

The letter, delivered Monday, identifies several “action items” they want the university to implement before classes start Aug. 31, including an on-campus testing site, daily updates on positive cases, notifications if students test positive and clear options for online alternatives for students.

“The incentive for a student to come to class with

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