Texas Tech University

Students Are Spreading Covid-19 Off Campus. Here’s How Colleges Can Stop It.

Chronicle of Higher Education

July 28, 2020

Chronicle of Higher Education - As the University of Washington worked on plans to keep students masked-up and six feet apart this fall, ominous signs emerged blocks from the Seattle campus. Dozens of students living in fraternity houses over the summer tested positive for Covid-19, a number that swelled to more than 130 early this month.

All summer, Matthew Gregory, dean of students at Texas Tech University, has been troubled by reports of parties breaking out near college campuses despite all the steps colleges are taking to prevent them. "These schools had enforcement plans in place and campaigns about social distancing. They seemed to be doing all the right things," he said. "I don't think an enforcement strategy is the be-all-end-all way to do it."

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