Op-Ed: When Your College Campus Becomes Orwell’s ‘1984’

Op-Ed: When Your College Campus Becomes Orwell’s ‘1984’


As students return to their college campuses this fall, they face an alternate reality starkly different from any they’ve known before.

While many students hoped to turn to campus as a place of refuge — an anchor in the eye of the storm that is 2020 — they have instead found a dystopia.

Local governments and businesses nationwide have implemented strict regulations in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but none have been so harsh as those established on college campuses.

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At most schools, students are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth anywhere outside their dorm room — even the hallway of their dorm.

They are required to download apps or answer surveys for “contact tracing,” a means for the university to track students’ movements and potential exposure to the virus.

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