Boston University Faculty, Staff Protest Fall Reopening Plans

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A car protest held by some Boston University faculty and staff drove down Commonwealth Ave and through the BU campus on Thursday, calling for changes to the school's fall reopening plan.

According to BU, incoming first-year students and undergraduate students who are returning to campus this weekend "can choose to attend in-person classes or take classes remotely via Zoom or some other technology—or engage in both interchangeably."

Staff and faculty at the protest said they want BU to allow anyone who can work remotely to do so. They also said BU should provide free personal protective equipment, and free COVID-19 testing to anyone who has to be on campus.

Last month, the university said it is instituting its own free COVID-19 testing program at five sites for all faculty, students and staff who want to get back on campus.

Rev. Dr Michell Walsh, a professor at the BU school of social work, said the protestors want the university to reconsider its plan to follow a hybrid in-person and remote learning model amid COVID-19.

"There's a lot of risks in this, and nobody knows what those risks will pose for people," said Dr. Walsh, "So this is very important that they hear our concerns."

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin reports:

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