This article originally written by Digital Content Intern Yusra Asif. Asif, is a senior media communications major at the University of Delaware, working as the associate news editor at The Review and a broadcast news reporter at the Student Television Network at UD.
The University of Delaware sent out an email last week threatening to take strict measures if students continue to disobey COVID-19 guidelines. According to the email, if the number of infections continue to increase at the same rate, they would exceed the total number of cases reported for the entire fall semester.
“This spike is COVID-19 cases is directly linked to the behavior of students in campus dining halls, in off-campus housing and in local bars and restaurants, where too many people are gathering without following health protocols,” the email stated.
The university has urged students to participate in testing, limiting social gatherings and wearing coverings. However, if the situation does not improve, more severe measures will be implemented.
- On-campus students would be required to remain in residence halls for all but essential activities
- Off-campus students would be prohibited from coming onto campus except for research and work responsibilities
- Access to the student centers, the Carpenter Sports Building (Little Bob) and other privileges would be restricted
- All classes would temporarily move online
- Athletic practices and competitions would be suspended
As per the university’s COVID-19 dashboard, 324 cases were reported for the week of Feb. 21, and 81 new cases were reported on March 2. If cases continue to increase at the same rate, the newer, more stricter rules may soon be implemented.