'Panic and chaos': International students, colleges react to new ICE rule on remote learning
Federal immigration officials’ decision to revoke the visas of international students whose colleges offer only online courses this fall sparked outrage in the world of higher education — and devastated students like Alexandra Panzarelli, who may be forced to uproot her life and return to Venezuela if the rule holds.“When I heard the news … I couldn’t even listen to it,” said Panzarelli, a 39-year-old politics PhD student at The New School in New York’s Greenwich Village, which because of the coronavirus pandemic canceled in-person classes this fall — a decision she supported.“To face a decisi...
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University System of Georgia to require masks in classrooms after all
ATLANTA — The University System of Georgia announced late Monday it will require students and faculty to wear face coverings in classrooms and other campus facilities if social distancing can’t be done, a reversal of its prior position that faced widespread criticism.More than 8,700 people signed a petition demanding the system require face coverings in classrooms as part of its guidelines to protect students and faculty from the spread of COVID-19, which has spiked among young people in recent weeks. More than 800 Georgia Tech faculty members signed a similar petition.University System offici...
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COVID-19 meets the 2020 election: The perfect storm for misinformation
SEATTLE — When a mysterious virus began racing around the globe early this year, scientists at the University of Washington’s newly created Center for an Informed Public described it as the perfect storm for bogus information, both innocent and malicious.So what’s the situation six months later, now that the coronavirus pandemic is playing out in tandem with a passionate push for racial justice and the opening volleys of the presidential race? The perfect superstorm?Pretty much, says Kate Starbird, a co-founder of the center.“As time goes on, what we’re seeing is the convergence between COVID-...
The Seattle Times
Mike Jensen: Chances for Ivy League sports this fall look slim, with announcement expected Wednesday
The announcement is due Wednesday from the Ivy League, about what that league’s plans are for sports in the fall.Here’s what to expect: No sports.You can’t read Harvard’s announcement Monday about its own campus plans for the full 2020-21 academic year and think the Crimson folks are hoping to wedge football games into their campus fall plan up in Cambridge. Even sports during the spring semester sound in question, although don’t expect clear guidance anytime soon on that front.Harvard announced it will have no in-class learning for the entire academic year, fall and spring, but will have up t...
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Leaked emails and passwords were from 'third-party data breaches,' University of Michigan says
DETROIT — Thousands of University of Michigan students got a scare Friday night: warnings circulating on social media about an apparent data breach leaking their U-M email addresses and passwords.On Saturday, the University of Michigan released a statement saying the information was from older “third-party data breaches, such as Chegg, Zynga, LinkedIn” where users used their student emails to sign up register.The release emphasized there was no data leak from the university’s end, and stressed students should not use the same passwords outside of U-M services. The university’s Information and ...
Detroit Free Press
Miami Dade College, the nation's largest community college, will use temperature checks in the fall
MIAMI — Miami Dade College plans to bring back as many students, faculty and staff as possible to its campuses this fall with a strict measure that other large universities in South Florida won’t implement: temperature checks.The largest community college in the country — with approximately 120,000 students — drafted a three-phase reopening plan that is “general on purpose” to adapt to the fluctuating pandemic conditions, said Lenore Rodicio, the executive vice president and provost. MDC will adhere to local, state and national guidance but will apply stricter rules if necessary.“It’s a flexib...
A COVID-19 outbreak on UW's Greek Row hints at how hard it may be to open colleges this fall
SEATTLE — This week’s outbreak at several University of Washington fraternities has hinted at just how hard it’s going to be to keep COVID-19 from spreading when college students return to campus this fall — especially since those students are eager to be around other young people after months of lockdowns and living at home.As of Friday, 117 students living in 15 fraternity houses this summer have reported testing positive for the virus. The university has confirmed 89 of those cases, along with an additional four students who visited fraternities but didn’t live in them. The numbers are like...
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Shannon Ryan: College athletes' voices — such as Illinois linebacker Milo Eifler's — should be a bigger part of the conversation about sports returning
Illinois linebacker Milo Eifler’s comfort level about returning to football will be gauged by one key development in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.“Is there a vaccine?” he asked.There’s not. And there probably won’t be when — or if — the college football season begins in the fall.Eifler spent a one-hour video call Wednesday discussing how he grapples with this dilemma of balancing his passion for football against the risks of playing during a pandemic.“Yeah, we want to come back and want to play,” Eifler said, “but we just want to make sure our health and our safety is the priority. ...
Miami AD Blake James urges college athlete endorsement laws to be extended nationally
The Miami Hurricanes are one of the Florida programs that could figure to see the immediate benefits of the state’s recent bill to allow college athletes to profit from endorsements beginning in July of 2021.While Florida schools could see a recruiting advantage come from such a law that has not yet been passed in most other states, UM athletic director Blake James feels this is legislation that needs to be extended nationwide.“I think we need to create opportunities for kids to legitimately capitalize on name, image and likeness,” said James on ACC Network this week. “In the state of Florida,...
At least 80 Washington students in fraternities test positive for coronavirus, a foreboding sign for college reopenings
SEATTLE — At least 80 students living in a dozen fraternity houses just north of the University of Washington campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, with hundreds of results pending.The university learned Saturday that three fraternity residents had symptoms of COVID-19, and public health officials noticed a spike in cases from the area among people ages 18 to 20, said UW spokeswoman Michelle Ma. Since UW announced Tuesday that at least 38 students tested positive, the student-run Interfraternity Council informed the university of 42 more positive results....
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