FDU Pushes in Person Classes Too Soon Despite Rise in COVID-19 Cases

FDU Pushes in Person Classes Too Soon Despite Rise in COVID-19 Cases

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Sydne Friedman started this petition to Fairleigh Dickinson University and

Fairleigh Dickinson University has decided that with Governor Murphy's advancement into phase 3 the University will have its students come back to school for the Fall Semester of 2020. Many students, faculty, and their families feel that it is too soon to return to campus in the midst of this pandemic. We are terrified of bringing it back home to our own families and further spreading this dangerous virus. Implementing face-to-face learning will put our families and loved ones at risk to this virus which has no definite cure at this time. Despite the fact that some students live on campus and do not see their families every day or even every week, a large portion of the University’s student body are commuting back and forth between school, home, and work everyday, increasing the likelihood of spreading COVID-19. We have students and faculty from all over the state and country along with international students making it impossible to avoid bringing the Corona-virus back to campus with us this Fall. The school states in their "Plan for Reopening" that students and faculty are expected to "self-monitor" and take it upon ourselves to stay home for the "recommended isolation period" (14 days) when we are feeling sick or have symptoms of Corona-virus. Does this mean we will be excused from missing exams and be allowed to make them up? Will absences no longer affect our grades? We would be missing 14 days of in person classes when we could easily, and more importantly, safely use online/remote learning making it possible for all students to be present "in" class despite having symptoms of Corona-virus when it could just be the common cold or flu. During Spring Semester 2020 we used online learning when the virus had just become a serious issue and after almost a semester of online learning we should all be comfortable with the platforms being used and make a seamless transition to online/remote learning for the safest Fall Semester of 2020.

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