Petition for Columbia University to Move in-person Classes Online Immediately

Petition for Columbia University to Move in-person Classes Online Immediately

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Jim Fang started this petition to Columbia University

For the safety of 33,000+ students, 18,000+ faculty and staff members, we are petitioning for Columbia University to move the in-person classes to online immediately.

The coronavirus outbreak is unfolding in the US. In New York state, the confirmed cases quadrupled almost daily to 106 in recent days. The virus is highly contagious as demonstrated by the Westchester county cases. Being in the center of densely populated New York city, Columbia University is especially vulnerable. Many faculty members shares the same commute routes from Westchester and it is at close proximity with all confirmed and suspected cases.

It is inevitable that more cases are surfacing. It is only recently that the testing restrictions from CDC have been lifted and a broad population can be tested and diagnosed. There are already signs that the virus has transmitted from person to person locally in community without any trace to foreign countries.

Timing is critical. We learned the university is taking steps to screen visitors and preparing online classes. We are asking to take the action immediately. To prevent the virus from transmitting and affecting the university community, better than isolating and quarantine Columbia University should act as a leader and take decisive proactive measures:

1) cancel in-person class and move the class to online immediately;
2) mandate any student activities or group meetings to be conducted online;
3) establish rigorous hygiene and person to person distance in library and dining hall.

The coronavirus is preventable. For every family of the Columbia community, one case is just too many.

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