Students from high-risk states who want to attend college in areas where the coronavirus is under control will have to abide by strict quarantine measures.
States including Massachusetts, Vermont and New York, where the pandemic is largely under control, require proof of negative COVID-19 tests or a 14-day quarantine from those migrating from so-called hotspots.
According to The Wall Street Journal, while many schools across the country have opted for online or hybrid classes during the pandemic, thousands of college students want to attend college in person, living in dorms and off-campus apartments. According to data supplied by the Education Department, as many as 77,000 freshman left high-risk states to attend college in New York, Pennsylvania and Colorado where the numbers of coronavirus cases are low.
According to Education Dive, the new pandemic rules may also affect students’ social lives. The University of Michigan is telling their students not to work or attend social gatherings for 14 days. Some institutions have opened on campus facilities or rented hotel rooms so that students can safely isolate. Others, like Cornell University, have asked students to quarantine elsewhere in New York or in another low-risk state.
The University of Michigan has asked students not to take public transit, which may prove challenging for those who need to work.
“For a lot of low-income students, the roles they play in the summer are as essential workers as well,” said Luis Toledo, a policy analyst at the College Crisis Initiative at Davidson College. “These are students that are needed by their families and communities.”
Many universities are also imposing strict restrictions on campus activity. Syracuse University, for example, says that first-year and transfer students can quarantine on campus but can only interact with that particular group of students. The student newspaper compared the situation to a “minimum security prison” according to Education Drive.
“A real issue is that these rules and mandates are not necessarily going to be able to be enforced,” said Toledo.
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