“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."
By around 10 p.m. on Halloween, Duval Street was bustling with crowded groups of maskless tourists in costumes walking through the streets, many of them with drinks in hand and several others bunched together waiting outside of bars to get in— much like what would be seen on a normal Halloween without a pandemic.
Students in single rooms on the sixth and seventh floors of Mahoney Residential College, a residential dorm at the University of Miami, had to be quickly relocated in order to create more isolation and quarantine rooms.
“I have never felt unsafe. I feel that we are doing a very good job by doing the most. I understand that there's been a lot of pushback on school reopening, but I think what we're doing is awesome."
As part of the University of Miami’s mass-testing plan, all commuting and residential students are now being regularly tested for Covid-19.
Three days after University of Miami’s president, Julio Frenk, sat for a contentious live interview on national television where he was pressed about the total number of Covid-19 cases at UM and refused to answer, UM has updated it’s Covid-19 dashboard to display cumulative statistics. However, the numbers are different than previously reported, raising more questions.
UM faculty are pushing to be given a choice as to whether their classes will be conducted remotely or in-person. Concerned for their own personal health, many feel a return to campus this fall is not the right move.
Local universities are facing tough decisions about whether to reopen this fall, and many are forging ahead with either a mixed use of both in-person and online learning or plans to return fully in person. Here are South Florida universities' current plans to reopen during the pandemic.