World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 12 Mar, 2021 04:45 am

The Binghamton University COVID-19 crisis and the way forward for students, faculty and staff

The Binghamton University COVID-19 crisis and the way forward for students, faculty and staff
Coronavirus cases at Binghamton University continue to rise as the university struggles to handle the large outbreak. Despite this, the university has decided to allow campus activities to resume and has refused to suspend in-person instruction.

Rather than taking measures to lower transmissions, including shutting down all in-person classes, the university has placed blame for the outbreaks squarely on students.One widely up-voted post by a student on the Binghamton University subreddit stated, “I want some tuition money back, I want my friends in the dorms to be able to get out of their insanely overpriced housing contracts, I want in-person classes canceled so that people have the option of getting the hell out of here, and, more than anything else, I want an acknowledgment that the student body is being asked to bear the entirety of this load with zero slack.In response to a question as to why the university continues with in-person classes, a student told the WSWS, “Money.The school lost an insane amount of money due to suspending in-person classes last spring semester.

” With universities across the country facing a collective $183 billion budget gap and little if any public financing forthcoming, many colleges cannot afford to shut down in-person classes, which would lead to most students studying at home, forgoing expensive campus housing and dining.Despite numerous outbreaks in the fall semester, in-person classes were allowed to proceed this semester, leading to the predictable mass outbreaks now unfolding.

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