The Masked Professor vs. the Unmasked Student
Photo: Micah Green
Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times
As in-person classes return at almost every university in the country, after almost a year and a half of emergency pivoting to online learning, many professors are finding teaching a nerve-racking experience.
Vaccination is optional and mask wearing, while recommended, cannot be enforced. Professors are told they can tell students that they are “strongly encouraged” or “expected” to put on masks, but cannot force students to do so. And teachers cannot ask students who have COVID-like symptoms to leave the classroom. This reality has forced several professors to quit—one in the middle of class.