USI Students Hoping for No COVID-19 Spread as They Return to Campus

USI students are hoping not to be the next Indiana college campus wrought with COVID-19 infections from students hosting non-socially distanced parties.

Posted: Aug 25, 2020 2:43 PM
Updated: Aug 25, 2020 3:28 PM

One USI student testing positive for Covid-19 just one week before the fall semester didn’t impact the start of class.

With students masking up for the first time as Screaming Eagles on Monday, Aug. 24th.

“I just moved up here so I don’t know anyone anyways so class is really going to be my main social interaction outside of family,” said USI freshman Malachi Miller.

But with students in other universities across the state getting suspended for throwing non-socially-distanced parties, USI students are hoping their classmates take these warnings seriously.

“I won’t be going to any of those," Miller said. “I’d rather not get COVID.”

“I’m from Bloomington normally so like the day I was leaving there was like eight parties up and down Washington street by IU — it was awful,” said USI senior Dell Cribe. “But I feel like we’ll do a better job — USI’s not much of a party school from what I’ve noticed. So hopefully yeah, we’ll keep it under control.”

As far as the first day goes, students are taking the new safety precautions, which include wearing masks in buildings and classrooms, in stride.

“I think they’re really important,” Miller said. “People can get hurt and like I don’t want anyone getting sick so I’m ok with them — if they’re helping.”

Students and faculty must fill out a self-reporting form if they test positive for Covid-19 and must wait until they are cleared by a doctor before they can return to campus.

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