West Virginia University has shut down its campus and in-person classes in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, yet the university leadership seems to be ignoring their own rules.
West Virginia University first canceled in-person classes on Sept. 8 citing rising concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Despite President E. Gordon Gee’s acknowledgment that the school’s positivity rate was “considerably lower than the 5 to 7 percent they anticipated” and prepared for, he immediately urged students to shelter in place and complete a “daily wellness survey.”
“There is increasing evidence that crowded indoor gatherings, such as those that occurred over the weekend, can serve as super-spreader events,” said Dr. Jeffrey Coben, associate vice president of health affairs and dean of the School of Public Health.
Over Labor Day weekend, 29 students who attended parties were recorded on social media, and reported by university police, and on an anonymous software provided by the school. The students in question