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UAF Chancellor Dan White talks about students returning to campus

Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 6:35 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Monday is the start of the fall semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Students have begun moving into residence halls for the first time since they were forced to leave in March as the COVID-19 pandemic began sweeping the country. Wednesday the University held a press conference to discuss changes at the school and some of the safety measures they are taking.

According to Chancellor Dan White, enrollment is down around 5% since last year, they also have less people living in dorms. One of the big changes is roommates are a thing of the past. All students will have single occupancy rooms.

The school is also requiring masks indoors and within six feet of others outdoors.

“We also have a number of restrictions still on campus access, and also building access, as well as events,” said White.

The school is also moving many classes online. White said there are around 2,000 sections offered with about half being distance. He said that even the in-person classes are going to be partly distant to help keep students safe.

Tomorrow as we will take an in-depth look at some of the students moving on campus during these times.

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