Students return to Miami Valley college campus as COVID-19 cases increase

Miami Valley News

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Wednesday marked move-in for University of Dayton and Wright State University students.

By the cart load, first year students began moving their things into University of Dayton’s campus.

“The design was 150 students an hour over two days,” said Cari Wallace, the assistant vice president for student development at UD.

After last year was heavily impacted by COVID-19, students are hopeful this year will look a little different.

“I’m looking forward to in-person classes and getting involved on campus more,” said Shane McGriff, a sophomore at UD. “I’m still looking around for different clubs and orgs I’d like to join.”

UD is starting the year off with classes at full capacity, as 70 percent of students, staff and faculty are returning to its campus fully vaccinated.

“Even though we met that threshold, we’re still in the boat with everybody else,” Wallace said. “If things change, we have to make changes based on what we were advised to do.”

Students also began moving in on Wright State University’s campus.

“Because we are doing a COVID protocol, it’s going to take us three days, where normally we would do it in two,” said Dan Bertsos, director of resident life and housing at Wright State.

The university is requiring all students to be tested for COVID-19 prior to arriving or when they arrive. Even with some COVID-19 precautions, Wright State officials said they want this year to feel as normal as possible.

“Wright State is getting back to where it was before, face-to-face classes, activities on campus face-to-face, a chance to have a regular college experience,” said Bertsos.

Both Wright State and UD will require masks for everyone inside their buildings. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, both colleges have a backup plan in the event an outbreak does occur.

“We’re ready to pivot, it just might not look exactly like it did last year,” said Wallace.

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