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.
More than 200 universities are requiring its students – and in some instances, faculty and staff – to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall semester. Although the University of Miami has not yet announced if it will follow suit, UM President Julio Frenk said by the end of May that UM will provide more guidance about “a safe return in the fall.”
The university has employed 30 COVID symptom checkers around campus to slow the spread. However, many students have quite literally found a way around it.
“Three million people have died across the globe...That's three million people who were here this time last year, and now they're not. We wanted to sort of commemorate and recognize the fact that this has hit everybody.”
With the expansion of vaccine eligibility in the state of Florida this week to all adults, college students at the University of Miami are now able to safely and legally be vaccinated.
After more than a year of living with COVID-19, students share their stories of hardship and grief as the U.S. continues its march toward 600,000 deaths.
“Being a part of this event means I can challenge myself and also be a part bigger community that’s fighting towards finding a cure."
“Se enojan cuando no quiero arriesgar mi vida.”
UM has prioritized student testing, mandating weekly tests for all students taking on-campus classes, while some staff have been told to test only when exhibiting symptoms.
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.
“Testing positive was a bit of a shock."