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University of Michigan bans students from campus unless they quit their jobs

‘Fall planning update’ implies students will be forcibly isolated

Previous generations worked a job so they could pay for college. Today’s generation may not be allowed to work if they want to matriculate.

The University of Michigan ordered students to quit their jobs two weeks before they return to campus in a “fall planning update,” highlighted by Michigan Capitol Confidential, that is “designed to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on campus”:

All U-M students who do decide to return to campus must observe a 14-day period of enhanced social distance at home before arriving in Ann Arbor or on campus. It is an important part of our strategy to minimize risk and keep COVID-19 out of our community. …

[Requirements include s]taying home and avoiding contact with others outside of your home. Do not go to work, school or social gatherings.

The taxpayer-funded institution, which must honor freedom of assembly under its constitutional obligations, also orders students to stay six feet away from others, avoid “public transportation, taxis or ride-shares” and take their temperatures twice a day.

Because it wouldn’t be college without mandatory training, UMich also ordered students to “complete an online learning module that serves as an overview of COVID-19.”

Students can start editing their schedules on Friday, when “changes to the mode of instruction and classroom assignments for the courses for which you are registered” will be finalized. UMich is all but pushing students, whose threat from COVID-19 is comparable to a dying in a car accident, to stay away from campus:

Currently available data and registrations imply that approximately 70 percent of credits for undergraduates can be taken remote this fall; many hybrid courses also offer the option to attend remotely as well. There is no requirement to return to campus for your coursework for most majors.

Students are not allowed to move on campus if they test positive for the novel coronavirus, and testing is required. A section marked “Testing, quarantine and isolation” suggests that on-campus students will be forcibly isolated if they have “suspected symptoms” of COVID-19:

We also will have support and space, both on and off campus, available for any student that develops symptoms or tests positive, and needs to quarantine or isolate safely. This includes meal delivery. Additional details will be shared soon.

Read the fall plan.

MORE: Michigan universities face $1B revenue loss from COVID

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Greg spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” He co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon at Seattle Pacific University.

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