The University of Southern California has reversed its decision to reopen the campus for in-person classes this fall.
Los Angeles Times reports that this decision follows an alarming surge in coronavirus spread. The Southern California university announced it will no longer bring all undergraduates back to campus for the fall semester, moving mainly to online classes. This is a reversal of an earlier decision to reopen and welcome back students for a hybrid model/system.
USC's Charles Zukoskilate made the announcement the same day Gov. Newsom announced California was moving back to tougher restrictions on indoor activities.
“Given the continuing safety restrictions and limited densities permissible on campus, our undergraduate students primarily or exclusively will be taking their courses online in the fall term,” Zukoskilate told the Times. “On-campus housing and activities will be limited.”
Additionally, the report states that only 10% to 20% of courses during the fall semester will be conducted in person and on campus. These courses include certain labs, studios and performance classes, and research studies that require hands-on work.
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