Roughly 70% of Georgia Tech professors reject institution’s fall plan

GPB News reports that a sizable majority of the faculty at Georgia Tech are angry at the institution’s fall reopening plan.

“We are alarmed to see the Board of Regents and the University System of Georgia mandating procedures that do not follow science-based evidence, increase the health risks to faculty, students, and staff, and interfere with nimble decision-making necessary to prepare and respond to COVID-19 infection risk,” the professors wrote.

The letter, dated July 2, was shared with GPB News and can be read in full here.

The faculty’s opinion overlaps news that three of the school’s student-athletes have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

It’s likely that a recent op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is influencing the faculty. In that piece, two Georgia Tech faculty stated

We are told the whole point of returning to campus in the fall is to return to the classroom. But does a return to campus actually translate to a return to safe in-person instruction? 

We found that colleges might be overly optimistic about how many students can actually fit in classrooms with social distancing. This means they might be headed for overcrowding in classrooms or shifting large amounts of instruction time online to avoid this.  

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