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College students are speaking out against their school’s “extreme” COVID-19 safety measures.

Oct 19 2021

College students are speaking out against their school’s “extreme” COVID-19 safety measures. YPulse’s education research found that 30% of college students say they’re learning from an in-person classroom during the fall semester. While college life is the most back-to-normal it has been since the start of the pandemic, students are feeling the toll that increased security measures are having on their privacy and “return-to-normal” this school year. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, 1,000 schools have mandated vaccines, and outbreaks are significantly lower than the 2020-2021 school year at most (if not all) college campuses. The University of Southern California (USC) reports that 95% of students are vaccinated, and they must submit weekly negative COVID-19 tests to enter campus, leave classrooms to take a sip of water, while security guards make frequent rounds in the library and student union to ensure students are following the school’s mask mandates. The increased surveillance and less than flexible ability to travel on-campus is fueling some students’ fear that schools are tightening their control on them, and nearly 40 schools have seen protests and petitions pop up from students pushing back against vaccine and mask mandates. Meanwhile, students at Oakland University in Detroit, Michigan successfully protested wearing a “bio button” that monitors their heart rate, temperature, and respiration to signal school authorities if a student was showing signs of COVID-19. One student at Wayne State University notes, “It feels like the school is blackmailing me, they get all this personal information and in exchange I get an education…it’s the growth of the surveillance state.” (WSJ)