BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Earlier this week, LSU set its safety protocols for Fall 2021.
The LSU Board of Supervisors held a meeting that turned into a heated conversation as faculty members sounded off about in-person learning. LSU President Dr. William Tate said the university intends to mandate the vaccine once the U.S Food and Drug Administration grants final approval. For faculty — that is not enough.
“It is unconscionable that the administration would ask faculty, staff, and students for a full return to campus under these dangerous conditions,” said history professor Meredith Veldman.
Over 300 faculty members have signed a petition to President Tate pleading for safer back-to-school options. Faculty members stressed that not enough students are vaccinated for a full in-person return to classes.
Students at LSU said they just want a sense of normalcy back.
“I want to be in class, I don’t want to be online, that doesn’t sound fun to me, coming into college for the first year and then you don’t get to go to college,” said freshman Matthew Taylor.
Other students hope this move will push more people to wear a mask and get vaccinated.