College faculty members at the University of Notre Dame and many others across the nation argue that their safety is at stake and that their impact on these monumental decision has been marginalized. Faculty members are saying that they need to make their own decision to teach in person classes in the fall. Some comments from faculty members at Notre Dame are “This is a matter of my civil rights,” and “My class is incompatible with social distancing.” Based on the Cares Act faculty can complete a Covid 19 “reasonable accommodation form.” A professor at Vanderbilt University called the process “pernicious, problematic and coerced” in regards to making is medical records available to Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt has 85 professors over 65. This does not include those with medical or other health related problems. This number makes up 40% of their faculty.
What does this mean for college students? Classes will be bigger, courses will be limited and some majors will be eliminated. As one college president said, “This is like trying to nail jello to a wall."
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