Penn State branch campuses shut down fall sports

Henrietta Brewer
August 3, 2020

The study, which was authored by researchers from the Yale School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, found that conducting even poorly sensitive and low-priced tests every two days would "maintain a controllable number of COVID-19 infections and permit the safe return of students to campus".

Duane Nellis has announced updated plans for the University's approach to fall semester. "We are also prepared to act if conditions deteriorate".

"We want to be clear that first-year students who choose to reside on campus will have an experience unlike any in the past", the email said.

"A decision on winter and spring sports competition will be made at a later date", the PSUAC said in a news release. There will be fewer students on campus at any given time. The plan at Texas A&M University is for some students to return to campus for small, in-person classes while others will take them online.


University officials say they will monitor conditions and seek advice from public health officials to inform a second phase, which is set to begin on September 28. We will provide more information directly to students and families about that process.

All other students who expected to be on the main campus will participate in classes remotely.

The University of Pennsylvania announced today it will hold nearly all undergraduate fall classes online and require students to test for COVID-19 before arriving on campus amid rising cases nationwide and in Pennsylvania.

Every student on campus will live in a single, with a Gryphon on each floor.


Additionally, students, faculty and staff will have to follow the university's mask policy, as all people on campus are required to wear a face covering.

Scientists at Yale worked through how college campuses could reopen safely.

While the study offered guidance on the frequency of screening needed to theoretically institute a safe return-to-campus amid the coronavirus pandemic, the researchers acknowledged that the study "does not speak to the logistic challenges of deploying testing strategies on large college campuses".

Within this phased return, undergraduate and graduate students whose programs require in-person experiences for accreditation or those who need access to specific equipment will be able to return to campus under the university's safety protocols.


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