New York City, NY — by Lauren Ashe, Carmo Moniz, and Natalie Thomas
This story was originally published on New York University’s Washington Square News.
Tisch first-year Indranil Basu decided to attend class remotely until COVID-19 cases dropped to a lower rate. But as NYU prepared to resume in-person instruction for the spring semester, one of Basu’s recitation leaders said that classes will not be recorded and that in-person attendance is mandatory.
“Most of the instructors seem to be assuming that we are on campus and choosing to stay in because of isolation and quarantine, and not the fact that we may be off campus delaying our post-winter break move-in due to fear,” Basu said.
In NYU’s announcement, university leadership acknowledged that flexibility regarding in-person classes would be offered for the first two weeks of the semester. Students are required to consult faculty for any specific online or asynchronous accommodations if they test positive for COVID-19 or come in contact with someone who has the virus.
Students interviewed by WSN who requested to take online classes have received unclear guidance from their professors as the university resumes fully in-person instruction. NYU’s decision, announced Jan. 12, came amid a surge of cases of the omicron variant in New York City, which has begun to steadily decline over the last couple of weeks.
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