COVID-19 On College Campuses

What will college look like in the fall? That’s a question university officials across the state are working to answer. For many, it seems like a mix of in-person and online classes may be the answer. Meanwhile, online classes might complicate the school year for international students. That’s because of new guidance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Model Simulates How Quickly COVID-19 Can Spread On A College Campus

Ryan Denham reports:

A new model is cautiously optimistic about a university’s ability to control the spread of COVID-19 this fall—but that hinges largely on how much students socialize off-campus.

The model simulates a residential university with around 20,000 students and 2,500 instructors—not too dissimilar from Illinois State University. The researchers ran the model with and without different interventions to see how quickly COVID-19 would spread over a 100-day period. Their “baseline” interventions included moving all classes with 30+ students online, universal mask-wearing that is enforced, daily randomized testing of 3% of the university community, and other measures.

If those interventions are all in place, the model showed less than 66 infections in more than 95% of simulations.

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ICE Forbids International Students From Taking Only Online Classes, Threatens Deportation

Lee Gaines reports:

The federal government  issued new rules Monday requiring international students to take in-person classes during the fall 2020 semester in order to remain lawfully in the U-S. The guidance from ICE states that students on F-1 visas cannot live in the US if their college or university moves entirely to  online instruction. They can stay enrolled but will have to complete their courses in their home country. Or transfer to a school that allows them to take in-person classes. The University of Illinois’ Urbana campus has one of the highest percentages of international student enrollment in the country. A spokesperson says they’re reviewing the guidance and will communicate with affected international students. The U of I plans to offer both online and in-person instruction, with reduced face-to-face class sizes.

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