With Thanksgiving approaching, more and more American colleges and universities are suddenly closing campuses before the end of the fall semester due to rising incidence of COVID-19 across the country.
Colleges and universities began to close in the spring, at the start of the pandemic, in an effort to keep students safe.
A study by George Mason University found that three-quarters of 575 colleges with at least 5,000 students moved classes online, opposed student dorms, canceled trips, closed campuses, and switched jobs.
The study, published Oct. 16, examines college activities between Feb.25 and March 31.
More than 321,000 cases of COVID-19 and at least 80 deaths have been reported on campuses since the start of the pandemic. These figures are quoted by the New York Times, based on data obtained from more than 1,900 American colleges and universities.