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There are 8 comments on Students Who Leave Campus over Thanksgiving and Plan to Return Must Isolate for Seven Days

  1. How much of this is on the honor system and how much information does the University actually have regarding those people reporting they do in fact plan to leave for Thanksgiving and then return? It seems like many students could still travel while not changing their LFA status and still remain compliant.

    If the University knows a student needs to self-isolate due to travel, will their badges reflect this? I worry about these people being able to wrongly access University buildings if their badge remains green – thereby placing others at risk.

  2. The guidelines the university has been continuing to release have seemingly stated (although confusingly states) it is on the honor system and although they will not mandate students not go and come back for Thanksgiving, they strongly advise against it.

    It is unclear what people on campus this applies to. Does it apply to graduate and professional students? Faculty and staff are exempt?

  3. I’m wondering the same thing. Do faculty and staff have to isolate and have three negative tests when they return from the break? Why are students who are within driving distance of school being required to isolate and test when the faculty and staff will be doing the same thing.?

    How about letting the students go to your homes and the faculty and staff can stay for five days in the jail cells that BU calls a dormitory room.

    If BU wanted students not to return after the Thanksgiving break then they should have started classes earlier like other colleges did. If BU wants the students to stay home then refund everyone two weeks of housing fees and dining plans.

  4. This makes no sense on many fronts … there is no difference between faculty driving home after a day of work and students visiting their local family.

    What checks are there on the random and frequently changing impositions being placed on students (and faculty/staff!) by the administration?

    1. No checks exist. Apparently, due process is not a right students have at BU. It is rapidly evaporating as a right of citizens of the US in general.

  5. Only after students have stayed in place for seven days AND received three negative COVID test will their stay-at-home requirement be lifted?

    Why is this different than what was communicated to the students?

  6. Do not question the rules imposed by Dean Elmore. He knows what is best. It is far too dangerous for students to give thanks in person with their family. It is better to give thanks safely in an approved, socially distant manner. Observe the guidelines issued by the BU Administration, before they retire to their homes for the holiday. Wear your approved facial covering. If you still have food privileges, eat quietly by yourself. Try not to exhale too much. If you can still see through your foggy glasses, avoid eye contact with others. If you still have wi-fi privileges, you can visit your family on your phone. That is all.

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