Chico State students returned to campus—literally—for spring semester after the school decided to stick with its plan for in-person instruction amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Seventy percent of courses contain an in-person component, according to the university, but attendance figures will not be compiled until after the fifth week of the session. When classes began, Jan. 24, Chico State was among five of the 23 CSU campuses proceeding with spring semester as planned.
“Experts suggest omicron cases are expected to peak around the middle of this month,” Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson said in a written announcement. “While the number of cases on campus will likely rise, we have demonstrated effective management of COVID-19. Therefore, we are confident we can hold classes and activities on campus this spring in ways that are safe and meaningful.”