Coronavirus Affects Higher Education

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Penn State seeks to fire professor over vaccine rally tussle - Jan 18

A Penn State professor says he was protecting pro–vaccine mandate demonstrators when he struggled with a counterprotester. The professor was vindicated in court, but Penn State wants to fire him anyway.


Ferris prof who didn't want to teach F2F suspended for video - Jan 14

Part performance, part protest, a professor’s video got him suspended from Ferris State University. He didn’t want to teach in person in the first place due to COVID-19, and he says he’s retiring. His union says the suspension is an attack on academic freedom.


Some colleges stick with in-person classes as COVID spikes - Jan 13

Successful mitigation measures allow colleges to bring students back to campus, even as COVID-19 cases are taking off. Strategies vary by campus, with some efforts limited by governing boards.


Some colleges require medical-grade masks instead of cloth - Jan 11

Some colleges say cloth masks will no longer meet their masking requirements, and they are requiring medical-grade masks instead.


Colleges extend remote instruction period due to Omicron - Jan 10

Some institutions that began the semester online are now pushing their return-to-campus dates further out in response to Omicron, citing spiking numbers and breakthrough infections.


Colleges resuming in-person classes amid Omicron - Jan 6

With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 raging, a majority of institutions are putting their trust in vaccines and tried and true mitigation strategies to bring students back to campus this semester.


The era of flexible work in higher education has begun - Jan 5

Administrators at two universities discuss their efforts to reimagine how, when and where their employees will work now and in the future.


Colleges face question of starting semester amid COVID-19 - Jan 3

Omicron’s arrival leads many colleges to shift plans for the semester that starts today on many campuses. Some colleges face criticism for doing so, and some face criticism for not making changes.


Omicron's gut punch to groups with early 2022 conferences - Jan 3

Groups planning annual gatherings in the coming weeks grapple with the Omicron variant. Most are proceeding with in-person conferences, touting extra safety precautions and more options for participation.


More colleges move January programs online - Dec 21

Campuses are starting programs online. Some for just a few days; others for a few weeks. Oberlin and Smith Colleges, Gallaudet, Northwestern, and U of Illinois are among campuses making changes.


Colleges adjust plans because of COVID-19 - Dec 20

DePaul, Harvard and Stanford students won’t have in-person classes the first weeks of the semester; Penn State, UCLA and U of Southern California are considering such a move; Cornell has surge in infections; Bowie State, Towson and Tufts move finals online.


William Paterson plans to lay off 100 full-time professors - Dec 20

William Paterson University says it’s saving the institution by cutting nearly 100 full-time professors over three years. Faculty members wonder what will be left to save.


Winter graduations could be super-spreader events - Dec 17

With the Omicron variant fueling a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, one expert is urging institutions to use layered mitigation strategies to minimize contagion during December graduation ceremonies.


Georgetown, NYU, Princeton adopt changes because of COVID-19 - Dec 16

Universities switch final exams and cancel most in-person events.


Maricopa Community Colleges Pause Vaccine Mandate - Dec 13

The Maricopa Community College District suspended its employee vaccine mandate after a federal judge temporarily blocked the coronavirus vaccine requirement for federal contractors last week, The Arizona Republic reported.


Portland Community College Employees Call for More Support - Dec 13

A group of Portland Community College faculty and staff members are calling for extra pay during the pandemic and better enforcement of COVID-19 safety protocols.

About 40 members of the PCC Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals, the academic staff union at the college, and supporters participated in a protest outside campus last week, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.


Colleges respond to the latest coronavirus news - Dec 13

Middlebury moves all classes and final exams online; Cornell cancels all student gatherings; Penn calls off indoor social events; Tulane reinstates mask mandate; Rochester bans holiday parties; more colleges require booster shots.


Federal judge blocks contractor vaccination rule - Dec 9

Officials with Georgia public universities had testified in the case challenging the Biden order that mandates vaccination for employees of federal contractors.


With CDC recommending boosters, will colleges require them? - Dec 1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened its recommendations on further COVID-19 vaccinations, raising the possibility that colleges may begin requiring booster shots.


Colleges must prepare for the inevitable arrival of Omicron - Dec 1

Experts urge colleges to begin planning for the likely arrival of the new COVID-19 variant.


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