3 state universities begin their fall semester, one delayed due to COVID-19 spike

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CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — Tens of thousands of students in at least four of the state’s universities began their fall semester on campus Wednesday.

Southern, Central and Eastern Connecticut State University students are already moved-in and headed back to class Wednesday.

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Western Connecticut State University delayed its move-in dates due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Danbury, but classes started online Wednesday as well.

All campuses are walking the delicate line of getting students to maintain social distancing while still getting the college experience.

Governor Ned Lamont and school administrators held a news conference at CCSU regarding COVID safety on campuses earlier on Wednesday.

He said while COVID is still an issue, it’s safe for students to return to campus.

“Nothing is 100% safe,” Lamont said. “I wish I could tell you, ‘We’re going to wait until we’re 100%’ [but] your kids will never get back to school, but we’re doing everything we can to make it as safe as humanly possible.”

Some students are concerned that the quality of their education is going to be diminished because they’ll have some, if not all, classes online, rather than in person.

College leaders said they’ve invested a lot in those remote classes, and they don’t anticipate giving out refunds.

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