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Local Universities Returning To In-Person Classes, But Some Students Aren't Happy About It

Senior Brett Bartlett at the University of Dayton.
Shayleigh Frank
Senior Brett Bartlett at the University of Dayton

The University of Dayton is preparing to return to in-person classes this fall, but with coronavirus cases on the rise a student there says she and her classmates fear losing the safety of virtual classes.

The University of Dayton is one of the many Ohio colleges returning to all in-person learning this Fall semester, but some students don’t want their digital classes taken away.

Brett Bartlett is a senior at UD. She says the move back to all in-person classes has some of her classmates and professors worried. She also says the way the university is opening back up doesn’t align with recent COVID health advisories.

“Then the question becomes, okay, you care about the Delta variant, you care about the safety of your students," she said. "[Then] why are you still allowing your gym to move all of their equipment back?”

The university is mandating masks in classroom and lab spaces, but there are numerous exceptions, like in residence halls and in cafeteria spaces while eating. Bartlett says she doesn’t understand why the university couldn’t continue to offer more digital classes.