Demand Iowa State University Close Central Campus to Protect Students
Iowa State University is going forward with in-person class options for Fall 2020 classes. This means undergraduate students from all over the country and the world are gathering in Ames. The university has put into place mandatory testing for students in residence halls. But that doesn't even cover half of the overall student body. The remainder of the students coming to Ames can be infected and spreading the virus around the Ames community. These undergraduate students are still going to bars, parties, restaurants, sporting events, and other public outings, exposing themselves and other students. This virus has the ability to spread and disrupt communities quickly. ISU is encouraging this behavior by keeping in-person undergraduate class options. If ISU were to be responsible and close down the campus to undergraduate classes, the population of students in the Ames community would significantly decrease. This decrease would then help prevent the spread. We need to act proactively here and demand that Iowa State University cancels all in-person undergraduate classes and goes strictly online for courses. This is the only way to keep the students, Ames citizens, and the surrounding communities safe. Dean Wintersteen needs to be held accountable, or she will have the blood of the students who die as a result of her lack of leadership on her hands for years to come.