• Tanya Zlateva

    Tanya Zlateva is the dean of BU’s Metropolitan College; she can be reached at zlateva@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 3 comments on POV: My Experience Getting Tested for COVID-19 at BU

  1. All good but please don’t do this “comparison with state level” thing. It is misleading, sounds like a PR move and actually reduces the trust we have in information policy of the university.

  2. While I agree that the validity and reliability of the testing operation is vital, it must be said that it is not enough on its own. To implement such large-scale testing without implementing policies that support best practices with respect to contact tracing is essentially useless. BU’s decision not to inform classmates and instructors when a student in their classroom space tests positive negates much of the effort and money invested in building this testing regime. The reasoning behind this decision not to inform instructors and classmates when a student tests positive has been a moving target, changing sometimes within the course of just a few hours as the administration retrofits the explanation for this policy in response to the very legitimate and sound criticism it has met with and that rhetorical slipperiness speaks volumes about the true motivation behind this decision. The truth is the administration full well understands that if instructors and classmates in the classroom space were to be considered ‘close contacts’ of infected individuals that would require entire classrooms to shut down and quarantine, effectively eliminating the in-person component of the LfA model that the university has used to lure undergraduates back to campus. In other words, a loss of tuition dollars and that is unacceptable to the university – not the deaths and longterm effects associated with the illness that will occur among some portion of students, staff and especially faculty and graduate students when they inevitably contract the virus – money. The entire testing operation is then merely a cloak of legitimacy, the illusion of safety. How disappointing and what a waste.

    You can read more about BU’s decision not to inform instructors when a student in their class tests positive for COVID-19 here: http://www.bu.edu/articles/2020/citing-student-privacy-bu-faculty-wont-be-told-if-students-test-positive-for-covid-19/ I especially encourage everyone to read through the comments there.

    You can read more about the ethical considerations that have not been accounted for in BU’s policy in Daniel Star’s blog: https://allcaution.com/

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