The last few weeks have thrown different curveballs in the fight against COVID-19. Just as the US lifted its travel ban in November '21 and students started flying to the US for the spring session, the Omicron variant entered the fray. With a rise in cases, colleges in the US enforce stricter COVID-19 guidelines. Here's a roundup of how some universities are managing the fresh wave of cases:
👉Cornell University shut down all offline classes after over 700 students tested positive
👉New York University asked professors to take move exams online and canceled all non-academic events
👉When students return to Stanford University in January 2022, they won't be allowed to host parties or big gatherings for the first two weeks. Students will also be tested once a week and wear masks indoors while attending classes
👉Syracuse University announced that all eligible students and employees must get COVID-19 booster shots before the spring term. Students will also have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 tests when they return, and discussions are on about extending the mask mandate
👉More than 30 colleges, including Boston University, NYU, the University of Notre Dame, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Massachusetts, have made booster doses for students mandatory
👉Middlebury College in Vermont switched to remote classes after a rise in cases and sent students home early for the winter break
👉The University of Pennsylvania banned all indoor social events
👉Tulane University has brought back a masked mandate after a few students tested positive for the Omicron variant
👉Southern New Hampshire University and DePaul University in Chicago announced that classes would be remote for the first two weeks after students return from their holidays
What do you need to do if you're traveling to the US?
👉You need to have taken both doses of a WHO-approved vaccine and get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of your departure.👉COVID-19 guidelines for universities might differ. So please cross-check with your university beforehand to avoid any last-minute hiccups. We'll update you on any further developments.