Wednesday, August 5, 2020

LETTER: Dorm life during a pandemic is an unnecessary risk

July 1, 2020
<p>An MSU student begins the process of leaving campus after MSU halted in-person classes due to the coronavirus March 11, 2020.</p>

An MSU student begins the process of leaving campus after MSU halted in-person classes due to the coronavirus March 11, 2020.

Photo by Jack Falinski | The State News

By: Jon Gunnells

Journalism B.A., Michigan State University class of 2007

I can’t imagine having to navigate college during a pandemic, but I also can’t understand why MSU administrators are planning to move forward with in-person residential life and classes.

This is a blatant example of profits over people. Having lived in dorms with both private and shared bathrooms (as well as other spaces), I worry about the negligence of these actions and the increase in COVID-19 spread this will cause.

Michigan State should focus on the safety and health of students rather than following the status quo. Otherwise, we may see outbreaks exponentially greater than what we have seen from local bars these past two weeks.

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