After students took to partying leading to a spread of the coronavirus, some campuses nationwide quickly switched to a remote learning model. Asked how the Morris campus of the University of Minnesota will avoid a similar fate, Chancellor Michelle Behr told the KMRS Community Connection that the administration has communicated “quite a bit” with students about our responsibility to each other.

“We only have one chance to get this right, and we need to make sure that we’re complying with the guidelines and being responsible,” said Behr. “We have a reporting system on campus, so if someone sees something that they think is not complying, there’s a way to report it in real time so that we can check into it and make sure that compliance is observed.”

Face coverings are required inside all university buildings, and even outside if 6 feet social distancing cannot be maintained. Behr said there are about 600 students living in the residence halls, which represents fewer than half of the total number of enrolled students. Most international students have been unable to arrive on campus, a situation reflected nationally.

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