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Should colleges and universities open in person for the Fall 2020 semester?
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Whether universities should open depends on student locations

Are students coming from areas with high levels of transmission? If yes, then the risk will be higher and you will need to analyze this data.
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The Argument

During the Fall semester, students move to many different areas of the world to attend college or University, causing great concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many students may travel from a high-risk area to a college located in a lower risk area, therefore, putting increasing the chances of spreading the virus among campus. Students traveling from a high-risk area should be tested for COVID-19 before moving to college dorms or attending classes on campus. Generally speaking, all students should be tested before arriving at school for the Fall semester. However, students from high-risk areas are the greatest concern when it comes to testing. Though it may seem wrong to discriminate on student locations, it is important to take precautions so that low-risk areas avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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Whether students are traveling from a high-risk area or a low-risk area should not be a deciding factor when it comes to the re-opening of college campuses. Students should avoid attending college campuses until the number of COVID-19 cases has decreased significantly. Once the number of cases goes down for a significant amount of time, and students can go back to on-campus learning, students will be allowed to travel anywhere to attend the school of their choice without having to undergo COVID-19 testing or other obstacles to attend school. Students should feel safe when they are away from home, and with the stresses of COVID-19 on students and staff, it will be harder for them to succeed when they feel they are unsafe from the virus.[1]


Rejecting the premises


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