Boston City Councilor Urges BU, BC to Start Academic Year Remotely

In a letter sent to the presidents of both Boston College and Boston University over the weekend, Boston City Councilor Elizabeth Breadon raised concerns about the risk of coronavirus community spread posed by off-campus housing

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A Boston City Councilor is urging local universities to switch to remote learning for the upcoming fall semester, saying an influx of students moving into the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus.

In a letter sent to the presidents of Boston College and Boston University, Elizabeth Breadon said many of those moving into off-campus housing in the student enclaves would be coming from high-risk areas of the country.

Breadon voiced concern about the potential increase of community spread and urged them to shift their reopening plans to virtual learning models for the majority of students this fall.

Breadon questioned what disciplinary actions will be taken for students who host or attend large parties and how each school plans to enforce 14-day quarantine requirements for students who test positive, confined to their apartment while living with roommates who may not have COVID-19.

Meanwhile, testing for faculty and staff who plan to be on campus continues this week at Boston College.

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