COVID-19

Kalamazoo College students call for classes to move online

The small, private college isn't set to begin classes until mid-September, but many students want them to bar in-person classes completely for the foreseeable future.

Hundreds of Kalamazoo College students, parents, and alumni are calling for the school to halt plans for in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The school, which is scheduled to begin classes September 14, is planning for both in-person and online lessons, but has an option for students to take a full course-load online.

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The group on Sunday published a letter in the school’s student newspaper, the Index, making what they referred to as a “demand” to cancel in-person classes.

“Western Michigan University is already drawing thousands of students into town for a similarly flawed reopening,” reads the letter, which was signed by 243 people as of Tuesday night.

“We demand that Kalamazoo College immediately cancel all remaining plans for face to face instruction and first-year orientation for the fall term.”

According to an article on MLive, the school is making efforts to ensure student safety.

“Distance, distance, distance. That’s the only thing that keeps this from spreading,” said Sarah Westfall, K-College’s vice president for student development.

You can read the full story here.

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