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Few colleges are setting clear benchmarks for closing campuses

July 30, 2020

The trickle has become a flood. Many colleges that initially intended to reopen their campuses have, in recent weeks, accepted the reality of a largely virtual fall.

Some administrators are still holding out hope for a more traditional academic year, crafting intricate strategies to halt the spread of the coronavirus, even as verified case numbers soar nationwide, including thousands linked to college campuses. Often absent from institutions’ plans, however, are the exact conditions under which campuses would have to close like they did in the spring.

Experts who consult with colleges and study campus reopening proposals say officials face an unenviable balancing act.

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