How professors treat unmasked students in the middle of Delta
“Morale is at its lowest,” warns a petition to the University of Iowa.
Universities are caught between demands from their professors for greater safety precautions and the fear of losing students and the income they bring in if schools resume another year of online teaching.
“I think everyone agrees that the idea is to physically bring people back into the classroom,” said Peter McDonough, general counsel for the American Council on Education, an organization of colleges and universities. âOffering online education last year and the previous spring semester was considered only temporary. “
For some professors, the New Year does not bring a return to normalcy but a strong feeling that things could be derailed. In the first few weeks of classes, the number of cases increased at schools such as Duke, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Arizona State, Liberty University, University of l ‘Arkansas, the University of North Florida and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
âIt feels like a rehearsal,â said Michael Atzmon, an engineering professor at the University of Michigan. âOn the one hand, we have the vaccine. On the other hand, we have Delta.
Dr Atzmon helped organize a petition calling on the university to be more open to online education. It has been signed by over 700 faculty members and instructors.
In response to the petition, Michigan President Mark Schlissel said Thursday that given the “stellar” vaccination rate on the Ann Arbor campus (92% for students, 90% for faculty), the classroom was “perhaps the safest place to be” on campus.