COVID-19 has had a negative impact on colleges and universities worldwide. Delaware State University was one of the few schools to reopen during the fall semester. DSU has implemented many rules and safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout the campus.
According to the faculty members at the university forum of Tuesday August 1, only 75% of students were able to return to the campus. Many students were left without housing, which was a major issue. Students took their frustrations about housing to social media platforms.
Students are still receiving housing, even after the semester has started. Only a portion of the buildings on campus are being occupied, at the moment.
Dorms are also being used for students that test positive for COVID-19. Students who are recovering or test positive, must quarantine and move into the Warren and Franklin building, until they test negative.
The housing department at Delaware State University sent out an email to students that stated the following: “Please limit the amount of items you bring to campus as you will be expected to move out prior to Thanksgiving.” Students are expected to complete their classes online, in the comfort of their homes, after Thanksgiving. Students are expected to return to the campus in 2021.
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the housing department and University Administration have not only limited the housing period, but require that students wear a mask throughout the buildings. Students are not allowed to have visitation in their dorms and on campus.