Move classes to online at Appalachian State University due to COVID-19

Move classes to online at Appalachian State University due to COVID-19

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Christopher Tate started this petition to President of the UNC System Peter Hans and

To Chancellor Dr. Sheri Everts, Appalachian State Faculty, and President of the UNC System, Peter Hans, 

With the growing threat of COVID-19 spreading across campus, including the threat of the flu also spreading, it is time for Appalachian State University to move classes online for the health and safety of the current 20,000 students and staff. This also involves moving students from dorms and stopping sports to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The UNC System, which has already faced mass media and public scrutiny following the highly publicized closures of UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and East Carolina University, faces another failure to its students, faculty, staff, and alumni: the treatment of the COVID-19 outbreaks at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Within this week alone, App State has delivered the news of a death of a student related to COVID-19 complications, and within the past 12 hours, they have announced 7  separate clusters on their campus, in Greek life, in residence halls, and associated with their athletic teams. Currently, the University’s COVID dashboard reports over 180 active cases, a 9% positive test percentage this week, with a total of 675 cumulative cases.These clusters are in four student residence halls, the volleyball team, and two fraternities. 

Even, back on August 18th, 2020, the faculty senate at Appalachian State University passed a no confidence resolution against the current Chancellor Sheri Everts. In the resolution sponsored by Professor Michael Hambourger, they claim that Chancellor Everts is frequently isolated from communicating with faculty, providing goals, being transparent, and pulling the university as a community. 

This is unacceptable. What’s even more unacceptable, however, is that Chancellor Sheri Everts and the rest of Appalachian State Administration have not announced that they are moving forward with any plans to shift fully online. So far, their focus has been on preserving their athletic prestige and revenue, only cancelling a planned football game against Louisiana on October 7th. This is totally and wholly at the expense of the larger student body and the greater community of residents within Boone. The safety and wellbeing of faculty, staff, and students are being sidelined for greedy purposes, valuing tuition dollars over the safety and health of the students they claim to care for.

If Sheri Everts and Appalachian State University really cares about their students, faculty, staff, or the community of Boone, they would send students home. And they should.  

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