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DDN: WSU faculty union asks university for more flexibility in teaching this semester

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Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

The Wright State faculty union is asking the university for remote teaching options and social distancing measures in classrooms for the fall semester. The union is also asking the university to require all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated.

The letter by the American Association of University Professors-WSU was sent to WSU president Sue Edwards Thursday morning, according to members of the union’s executive board.

In the letter, the faculty union noted the faculty and administration worked together in the spring of 2020 to get the semester together and make sure students were able to learn.

The faculty union pointed out that the Delta variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on countries around the world and has caused surges in some U.S. states, mostly where people have not been vaccinated.

“If we don’t plan for this surge in COVID now, we will find ourselves in a worse position than in Spring 2020, because this time, on top of having to pivot to remote teaching, we will have sick students, sick staff, and sick faculty; we will have students disenrolling because they cannot risk exposure due to health problems or living with or caring for vulnerable people; we will have staff and faculty seeking accommodations mid semester,” the letter, from the executive committee of the AAUP-WSU, said.