The Big Ten and Pac Conferences opted not to play this fall in significant part because of concern among its member universities about the potentially fatal heart ailment. Last week, officials at Pennsylvania State University sent conflicting signals about the threat. University of Missouri president Mun Choi has removed blocks on his Twitter account from students who were posting criticism of the university's policies on reopening the campus, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported. Choi removed the blocks after a lawyer threatened to sue over them. A spokesman for Choi said some of the posts that led the president to block the accounts were obscene.
California State to Stay Virtual in Spring The California State University system has announced that all 23 of its campuses will continue to offer virtual instruction for the academic term beginning in January White announced in a message to the university Wednesday. And it is the only one that supports our twin North Stars of safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and communities, as well as enabling degree progression for the largest number of students.
White said the decision was announced now in order to give students and their families time to plan for the spring semester. He also cited the need to publish and promote course offerings and to meet accreditation requirements for virtual courses.
Much of the increase was driven by off-campus activity, but "the latest numbers also show a sharp increase in certain residence halls," said Chancellor Rebecca Blank. More than 70 professors at Stanford University's medical school have signed a letter criticizing the "falsehoods and misrepresentations of science" by Scott Atlas, a former colleague currently advising President Trump on the coronavirus. Specifically, the letter defends face masks, social distancing and the development of a vaccine and says that young children can get the virus.
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where the number of students with COVID has almost tripled this month, to , told students in one of its residence halls Wednesday that they would have to move out to make room for self-isolating peers. I am sorry for the disruption, and we are here to support you academically, socially, mentally, and financially," Frank Cuevas, vice chancellor for student life, said in an email to residents of Massey Hall Wednesday.
As circumstances evolve on campus we are adjusting our operational plans to help manage through this pandemic, with our top priority being the health and well-being of our campus community. Like many major public universities, Tennessee is seeing large numbers of students test positive for COVID and much larger numbers in isolation or quarantine. The University of Tennessee System coronavirus dashboard shows a doubling of the number of students in either isolation or quarantine at the Knoxville campus between Aug. Tennessee officials said the hotel they had secured was inadequate to house all the isolating students.
They chose Massey for the overflow, they said, because of its size and the fact that it has proportionally few students living there now. The students who live there can choose between either moving to another residence hall on the campus or canceling their housing contract and moving back home. The university said it would provide "supplies and staff" to help students move to another room on the campus, and would "make every effort" to keep roommates together.
Wisconsin-Madison Restricts Student Activities. The university reported an increase in positive test results for the virus. Florida State Shows Increase. Florida State University is seeing an increase in the number of students testing positive for the coronavirus, The Tallahassee Democrat reported.
More than students tested positive last week. As a growing number of colleges and universities struggle to control COVID after resuming in-person instruction, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative PRHI released results of a survey of public health experts and others on how colleges should respond now to outbreaks of the virus.
The more than respondents to the survey included physicians, health-care administrators, students and community leaders. Respondents said colleges also should have contact tracing capacity in place. The survey found that institutions should run crowdsourced symptom monitoring with as many students and employees as possible, using wearable wrist and bed sensor devices.
And it said colleges should require students to wear a device to track their movement and notify students when they are not practicing adequate social distancing.
The league appears to be one of the first to take this step, with the National Collegiate Athletic Association going ahead with winter sports championships, if sometimes with reduced season lengths or tournament sizes. The other in part requires customers at bars and restaurants that serve alcohol to be seated to be served. In addition, he announced that about 2, additional single-occupancy residence hall spaces will be available for those who want or need to be on campus. Camden, Arkansas. All-Student Quarantine at Gettysburg. COVID was not the sole cause of the cuts, university officials said. Carleton, Michigan.
To date, we have not seen a national strategy to address these outbreaks and ensure the safety of those involved with higher education. The suggestions provided through this survey can help universities answer these difficult questions and make decisions based in science and a public health approach," Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of PRHI, said in a statement. Masks should be mandatory for students, the survey said. And colleges should use and enforce codes of conduct to encourage social distancing.
The survey also said colleges should not penalize faculty members for choosing to work remotely. The group of respondents said college leaders should close hot spots for transmission, including bars that violate protocols and fraternity homes. Respondents urged college leaders to communicate with their local communities about measures institutions have taken to keep them safe. Pennsylvania State University has issued new information after its director of athletic medicine drew attention this week by saying in a public meeting that about a third of Big Ten Conference athletes who tested positive for the coronavirus showed signs of myocarditis.
Untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the heart and lead to heart failure, heart attack, stroke or sudden death. The University of Maryland at College Park suspended all athletic activities after a spike in athletes testing positive for the coronavirus, The Baltimore Sun reported. Of those, 46 had positive tests. They were on 10 teams. The Big Ten is not playing games this fall, but has been allowing athletes who have tested negative to practice.
Top House and Senate Democrats are urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advise colleges to bar e-cigarettes for the fall semester. In the letter , Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the House economic and consumer policy oversight subcommittee, and Senator Dick Durbin cited a Journal of Adolescent Health study , which found that to year-olds who vape are five times more likely than nonvapers to be diagnosed with COVID The United Campus Workers of Louisiana today called for regents to stop face-to-face activities because of the coronavirus.
A statement from the union, which was chartered a year ago and has about members who are graduate workers, faculty members and staff members, focused heavily on the situation at Louisiana State University. More information has been learned about the transmission of the coronavirus since the university created its reopening plans, the union said in its statement. It raised concerns about the risk of transmission in enclosed spaces and from people who are not showing symptoms of the infection.
Video has surfaced that appears to show off-campus parties with few precautions in place. Positive Cases Top 1, at the University of Dayton.
The University of Dayton announced this afternoon on its COVID dashboard that the cumulative number of positive cases among students on campus has reached 1,, including active cases. The rest -- students -- have recovered. The university's first day of classes was Aug. UD has created five campus status levels for COVID, with level five being to largely vacate the campus and have most students leave on-campus housing. The university reached level four last week, which includes pivoting to remote learning while students stay in on-campus housing.
It shifted to remote learning last month when cases spiked. UD in a statement cited a flattening of seven-day averages for new positive cases as an encouraging sign. It said the university has been aggressive with the testing, isolation and quarantining of students. While we hope the trends will indicate that we can return to at least some in-person learning, we also may need to consider further restrictions, including the possibility of moving to fully remote learning, if Public Health believes our campus is contributing to broader community spread.
Pennsylvania State University's director of athletic medicine, Wayne Sebastianelli, shared the estimate at a State College area school Board of Directors meeting Monday, the newspaper reported. MRI scans showed the athletes in question had myocarditis, an inflammation that can be deadly if not addressed. The Big Ten and Pac postponed fall sports in August. But other major football conferences continue to forge ahead with plans to hold modified seasons.
Recently, reports have surfaced that the Big Ten was discussing a season to begin the week of Thanksgiving.
Almost half of the 65 institutions across all Power Five conferences declined to share data about positive tests recorded to date. Of the 65 total Power Five institutions surveyed by ESPN, nearly one-third did not provide information about their coronavirus protocols for athletes in addition to withholding the number of positive tests among athletes, the outlet reported.
Four days after announcing a two-week suspension of in-person classes, Temple University in Philadelphia today extended the move for the rest of the fall semester for almost all courses. Only essential courses -- those that require some in-person instruction to meet educational objectives -- are not covered by the decision.
Students in university housing who choose to leave by Sept. But students can remain on campus if they want or need to do so. Englert, and its provost, JoAnne A. Epps, in a public letter announcing the decision. Unfortunately, the risks associated with the COVID pandemic are simply too great for our students, faculty, staff and neighboring community. All but one were recorded among on-campus students. Ohio State Reports Positive Cases.
Classes began at Ohio State on Aug. The university has a 3. But it reported a 9. The university currently has students in isolation and quarantine. Ohio State recently suspended students for violating coronavirus-related safety guidelines.