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Universities Are Blaming Students For The Spread Of The Coronavirus, Says One Missouri Professor

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Colleges like the University of Kansas in Lawrence have recently gotten national attention for clusters of the coronavirus that have spread on campus.

College administrators have some tough decisions to make, but it's a mistake for them to blame outbreaks of COVID-19 solely on students, says Dr. Jessica Gold.

One Missouri professor who wrote about the issue for The Atlantic says students are inevitably going to socialize, and the playbook colleges use to govern campuses needs to incorporate that. Instead, says Dr. Jessica Gold, they should seek to answer another question: “How can we think of socializing safely and be on the same side?”

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer at KCUR. Reach out to her at mackenzie@kcur.org or on Twitter @_macmartin.