Demand Gov. Ron DeSantis protect our colleges and universities #StopTheDeSanity

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As of October 9th, 213,000 American lives have been lost to Covid-19 and the numbers are projected to double by the end of the year. With no approved vaccine in sight, fully reopening campuses is irresponsible, dangerous, and puts our students, faculty, and communities at risk.

United Faculty of Florida is fighting to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Governor Ron DeSantis and his political appointees are pressuring Florida’s 40 public colleges and universities back into crowded classrooms for the spring semester. We want to go back to campus, but only when the data indicates a full reopening is safe.

We, the undersigned, demand Governor Ron DeSantis:

  1. Implement statewide safety protocols, including testing and tracking mandates, for colleges and universities.
  2. Delay implementation of his “Bill of Rights to Party” until the majority of scientists, medical professionals, and the CDC say it is safe.  
  3. Implement rational mandates for attendance in stadiums and at other public gatherings to prevent further super-spreader events on our campuses and in our communities.
  4. Include input from faculty leaders, epidemiologists, and public health experts.

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