Notre Dame, UNC revert back to online learning


Oyeronke Popoola, a 17-year-old freshman from Raleigh, carries some of her belongings as she and other students leave campus following a cluster of COVID-19 cases at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. The university announced that it would cancel all in-person undergraduate learning starting on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHICAGO (NewsNation) — As COVID-19 continues to hit schools, colleges and universities are navigating the pandemic in different ways.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 100 new cases have been reported and 500 students have been quarantined or isolated. UNC has moved its undergraduate classes entirely online.

“They’ve taken students from all over North Carolina and congregated them into one extremely high-density place, let us mingle, start getting sick and then send us home people are going to die from this,” said one student.

At the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, there have been 336 reported cases of COVID-19. The university is not sending students home, but is moving undergraduate classes online, and closing public spaces and restricting access to dorms. 

“The spike in cases is very serious and we must take serious steps to address it,” said Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins.

At the University of Southern California, classes are being held entirely online.

“They’ve been good so far, it’s been hard adjusting so far. I’d prefer to be in-person obviously,” said a USC student.

Also in California, classes at UCLA don’t begin until Sept. 28.

As colleges and universities continue to try and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, one small college in Michigan believes the answer may lie in tracking students with a phone app.

“The app does record their location in the same way that your fitness app might record your run around town or your steps during the day,” said Albion College President Matthew Johnson.

The reaction among students has been mixed.

“Let us leave, let us go to work, let us see our family, let us see our friends,” said one Albion student.

Another student disagreed.

“I appreciate the rules. It may stink right now, but this is what we all wanted. We all wanted to be here so I appreciate it.”

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