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ASU President Crow says students must follow protocols to be on campus

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PHOENIX – Students who don’t want to follow the coronavirus protocols put in place when Arizona State University’s campus reopens will have to stay away, President Michael Crow said Monday.

“If you don’t want to do what we do – socially distance, mask, hypersanitation, etc. – if you don’t want to fill out your health check … you’ll have to Zoom in,” Crow said on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show.

ASU in-person fall semester classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 20. The University of Arizona planned to allow about 5,000 students back on campus Aug. 25.

“Everybody is signing up for what we call the ASU Community of Care. They’ll be doing a daily health check-in through an app that we built before they come on campus, employees and students,” Crow said.

“They’re agreeing to wear the masks, they’re agreeing to do all that stuff, so if you don’t follow the community of care, you won’t be on campus.”

Students who are sick or don’t want to abide by the safety measures can “attend” classes online, he said.

Crow said thousands of hours and hundreds of employees’ effort went into the planning “how to operate in a new mode.”

He said the four basic precautions were social distancing, masks on everyone inside and outside buildings, hypsersanitation and testing.

All large classes will be conducted via videoconferencing – Zoom has been added to 1,000 classes Crow said – and attendance will be split between campus and online.

“Some students may be in class on Tuesdays and some students may be in class on Thursdays. People can choose and move back and forth.”

“We’re dealing with young adults, as opposed to K-12 students,” Crow said. “The key for us is personal responsibility.”

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