• Art Jahnke

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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 11 comments on Coming This Fall for BU: Nearly Normal

  1. I wish staff voices were incorporated into this article. A huge part of the story is missing here. From my communication with former coworkers who are still at BU, many of the people who would tell that story continue to be traumatized both by the decision making and by uneven application of past decisions made.

  2. Why would BU, or any university for that matter, move to making such an important decision this early? What happened to gathering data/evidence and examining it thoroughly before drawing conclusions? I find a decision of this magnitude, such as returning to having only in-person classes in the fall, shouldn’t be made with such disregard for faculty and students’ safety! This isn’t about what people “want” — who doesn’t *want* things to return to normal??

    What about people who are immunocompromised or suppressed? What about those people who are at higher risk for complications if they contract COVID-19?Doesn’t it make more sense to give students and faculty the choice? Vaccine or no vaccine, people will still be at risk!

    I’m positively gobsmacked… just as I am utterly disappointed. It is simply way too soon to make this call.

    1. I agree.. after such a slow and steady course, it seems a bit rushed. My student was assuming LFA would still be in place – especially after comments made in statement announcing plans for a 2020 grad ceremony in fall – and now things have once again dramatically shifted and she has to scramble for grad housing, which is always at a premium. I would add that throughout this entire process, the attention to graduate students has been sub par. I agree with above statement that there has been “uneven application” of decisions that have been made.

  3. A return to full in-class teaching is long overdue. While the vast majority of faculty have done an excellent job teaching remotely for the last year, remote learning is a pale substitute for real in-person, in-class learning. Since the viral stats were always heavily skewed to the elderly population keeping young people out of the classroom for this long should never have occurred.

  4. I believe there should be a compromise. Peace of mind is too important for students to not feel safe from the virus on campus. There should be no reason to not offer LFA for those whose health would benefit from it, yet still offer the classroom option for those who feel confident there is no danger. The technology is there for the LFA method. At least try this for the first semester and then evaluate. With what a BU education costs, both options should absolutely be offered.

  5. There’s a major construction project on campus (computer sciences) with many workers who park around campus, eat lunch on campus and come in close contact with students, faculty and staff. Many won’t wear masks or distance. They probably don’t get tested. BU administration, *from the top*, refuses to take action to ensure that these folks maintain Covid safety protocols, because they really want this signature building. It’s a daily, repeated problem that will continue for the next couple of years, and I would not be surprised to find that those workers who refuse to mask also refuse to be vaccinated. So pretending this will be a safe campus by fall is a not very funny joke.

  6. LfA should not be cancelled, not all of the students and stuffs like to take this risk. I don’t want to sacrifice my health for BU’s wealth . Why do we have to return to campus? At least offer us a choice between being virtual and in-person!

  7. I completely agree with the idea of giving students the option for in-person or remote. For graduate students doing concurrent internships, the exposure risk is increased. Not to mention, the lack of class time offerings is seriously limited, meaning that many students would be commuting between their home, the school, and their internships late at night rather than being safely in their homes. Given that some students may not even have housing near campus (and may not be able to get it amid the uncertainty) this is a serious concern. Mental health-wise, too, the shift is just too sudden to not offer graduate students a flexible alternative.

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