“We’re being treated as guinea pigs”: Faculty members fear in-person return to Texas universities

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Students returned to campus at Sam Houston State University in Hunstville this week. The university is reporting 99 COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff. Credit: SHSU

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The July memo was blunt. Students at Sam Houston State University had been promised “direct contact” with faculty, and even in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, the Huntsville school needed to deliver, Provost Richard Eglsaer told the faculty.

“Since students pay tuition to have in-person instruction, they are free to opt out of it by choosing the remote option,” Eglsaer wrote. “However, as faculty we are paid to teach in person and therefore the option of entirely remote instruction is not open to us.”