“Last year I thought that it would have been the most challenging time, but if anything I think we’ll have more challenges this fall than what we could have anticipated,” said Student Government President Landon Coles.
Despite rising COVID-19 infection rates in South Florida, the University of Miami will open its doors for in-person classes on Aug. 23 after announcing updated safety protocols to prevent the spread of the Delta variant.
Following the July 1 appointment of acting Dean Stephen J. Schnably, a respected, long-time professor at UM law, faculty members released a letter criticizing UM’s firing of Varona and demanding answers from Frenk.
UM last bought chinchillas from the ranch in 2014, in order to conduct a hearing experiment. Twenty two chinchillas were injected with various ear infections and then were tested with baby shampoo as a possible cure to the infection.
Senate faculty support of the dean comes two days after the law school’s tenured faculty adopted a resolution protesting Varona’s removal, just hours after the president announced the dismissal.
“I have determined that new leadership is vital for the benefit of the institution, our students and our community,” said UM President Julio Frenk in the May 25 email announcing the termination.
“The virus shouldn’t be treated as if it were a matter of ideology or personal preference. We need to recognize that this is a public health issue, not an individual health problem,” Dominguez continued.
The culture in Greek Life to party during COVID-19 is so pervasive that it has resulted in some members completely pulling away and losing respect for people they once considered close friends.
According to the New York Times, University of Miami had the 46th most cases out of more than 1,900 schools they tracked. As UM has continued to promote the semester as a success, many faculty disagree.
“I’m scared for what’s going to happen next on this campus."
After the "die-in" protest on campus, nine undergraduate and graduate students who attended received an email about a meeting with Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Ryan Holmes regarding their attendance at the protest. Yet, many did not understand how they were identified.
Tension is mounting among some on-campus faculty who say the university has been conducting "spot checks" on their classrooms to ensure they are physically present at the assigned class time.