Back to class – how different the UAS campus looks this year

The Southeast University of Alaska campus is located in June near Aki Bay. (Photo by Doww / KTOO).

Monday is the first day of the fall semester at Alaska University Southeast University. This year’s operations look a little closer to normal.

Last week, the Alaska University Campus in Junuwa welcomed 140 students to their new student position. Instead of being a zombie with only a dozen students, the event took place in person.

Lori Klein is the Deputy Chancellor for School Enrollment and Student Affairs. She said they are offering a mix of online and physical courses, most of which were online last year.

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Lori Klein is the Vice Chancellor for Registration and Student Affairs at the University of Alaska. (Photo by Lori Cline)

“There is a lot of energy in the yard today,” Klein said. “He feels really good. The students are really involved with each other and with the staff. So we are here – we are getting ready to go out and we are very happy. ”

At school-sponsored events and on campus — masks are still needed — except for students’ private residences — social unrest is encouraged if possible. All 200 or more students living on campus had to be vaccinated against CV-19 unless they were allowed to be released.

“This is the process we get for all our vaccines,” Klein said. “If you live on campus, there are many vaccines that we want you to get, not just covad. But we follow the process of religious and medical liberation in the state of Alaska. So students fill out a form and notarize it and present it. ”

Many students have been able to live on campus this year, but some classes are still reserved for “quarantine accommodation.”

“We have relocated students who have been exposed to covand or who have become ill,” Klein said. “[It’s] There is still a place on campus where we can provide all of our services, but if you do a positive test, they will be able to maintain or identify test results.

Nearly 1,200 students enrolled this year, down 5% from last year. Klein said there was a small artificial swelling at the time of enrollment due to CVD.

“The difference is that so many people are waiting until mid-August to make a decision,” says Klein. When schools in other places decided to go online, a lot of students stayed in June and so we had a lot of students who went to other places and we didn’t have it this year.

The students said they were very compliant with COVID-19 reduction measures last year and that the school experienced very few outbreaks. Kline hopes the trend will continue this semester.

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