Open The New York Times’s rolling survey of coronavirus cases on United States college campuses and the picture looks bleak: as of Nov. 5, over 252,00 cases had been confirmed across 1,600 colleges nationwide.
The spread of infection, combined with an at best incompetent, and at worst, cynical and exploitative policy towards college students and staff has resulted in university communities facing stringent quarantines in unsafe accommodation or being summarily sent home. All the while, students are expected to foot the bill for the full cost of their tuition fees.
With over 2,500 reported cases as of Nov. 5, Arizona State University is, at present, among the harder-hit colleges in the country — just over 50 colleges have reported 1,000 cases over the course of the pandemic, according to the New York Times. To keep this in perspective, it’s worth noting that ASU is one of the largest public universities in the U.S., making the challenge of coping with the