During the pandemic, amid loud debates about COVID-related learning loss and the angst over whether to reopen or not to reopen, it was sometimes easy to miss a quieter story: students grappling with the most disorienting semester of their lives.
To give voice to those experiences, The 74 created the “Pandemic Notebook"—an ongoing look at students living and learning during the coronavirus, told in their own words.
As some college students return to their dorms this week, they won't find the typical mobs of students and parents. Instead, many will be greeted with strict safety protocols and some heightened anxiety amid a global pandemic where virus infections are growing in dozens of states.
Many professors think their institutions’ fall reopening plans are foolhardy, dangerous, or even unethical. But a group of tenured faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took the unprecedented step last week of directly telling students not to come back to campus next semester.