U. of Alabama, UNC Among Colleges Reopening in the Fall

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More universities and colleges have announced that their plan to reopen their campuses in the fall, including the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina. However, students and faculty will be required to comply with social distancing policies designed to mitigate the spread of the Chinese virus.

According to a report by CNN, more universities and colleges have announced plans to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. Many universities and colleges have created task forces that are dedicated to designing policies to ensure that it is safe for students and faculty to return to campus in the fall.

The University of Alabama system announced that campus will reopen in the fall with severe restrictions on social gatherings. The university is considering various policies that could make campus life feasible and safe in the age of the Chinese virus.

“The task force will consider testing measures, enhanced cleaning, classroom procedures, housing policies, security and wellness programs, and the provision of personal protective equipment in developing a comprehensive plan to protect students, faculty and staff,” a University of Alabama spokesperson said in a statement.

The University of North Carolina has also announced its plans to bring students back to campus in the fall. In a statement, the university said that they will utilize technology to track student exposure to the virus.

“We are optimistically seeing indications of improvement and hopeful that this will continue,” the statement reads. “North Carolina will likely have improved capacity for tracking student exposure and greater access to the tools, materials, and supplies that can help minimize the virus’s threat.”

Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec announced his plans to reopen campus in the fall in a statement that was published this week. Although some large lecture courses at Texas Tech may remain online, many small courses and lab sciences will return to the classroom.

“This decision is predicated on the fact that COVID-19 cases in the City of Lubbock continue to decline and that health officials advise us that it is possible to implement a return-to-campus process in a manner that protects the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff,” Schovanec wrote in the statement.
Breitbart News reported this week that Purdue University, the University of Portland, Baylor University, North Carolina State, and Michigan State University have also announced plans to reopen their campuses in the fall.

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