UMD faculty express concerns over student well-being as campus reopens

The university is hosting most of its online classes using Zoom, a video conferencing tool. (Eric Harkleroad/WMUC News)

By Ian Zhao

The University of Maryland began in-person classes last Monday. As the number of both verified and unverified COVID-19 cases are rising on campus, some faculty members are gradually adapting to the challenges presented by virtual learning. Others, who are teaching in-person and hybrid classes, are taking new protective measures to ensure the safety of their students. 

Tim Jacobsen, a professor teaching three hybrid classes at the journalism college, thinks that the campus reopening is something to adapt to.

“The university has done as good a job as they can,” said Jacobsen. ”There can be a lot of steps put in place, but unless people are adherent to those and following the guidelines, it doesn’t matter.” 

Jacobsen said he asked his students about how they felt about resuming in-person classes. He said they felt comfortable.

 Elizabeth Papazian, a university Russian and film studies professor, said she was disconcerted to find out some of her students’ roommates tested positive for COVID-19. 

“It’s such an enormous undertaking to have students on campus in this situation,” Papazian said. “I’m sure that it’s logistically incredibly difficult.”

“It does seem to me that the university is really trying to keep students safe,” she said.

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