Jacobin magazine reports that university leaders have bombarded federal lawmakers, asking for protection from any coronavirus lawsuits.
Colleges and universities across the country have been exploring a number of avenues to get liability immunity. Some, like Bates College and the University of New Hampshire, have pushed students to sign liability waivers. Others have turned to state governments — with some success. North Carolina Democratic governor Roy Cooper signed into law a bill shielding colleges from any lawsuits seeking tuition reimbursements after schools were forced to close earlier this year due to the pandemic.
Krug didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
On September 3, Krug, then an associate professor of history, confessed in a Medium post that, for the better part of her adult life, she had “eschewed” her “lived experience” of her white Jewish childhood and instead identified “within a Blackness that I had no right to claim: first North African Blackness, then U.S.-rooted Blackness, then Caribbean-rooted Bronx Blackness.”
She wrote that she had been “battling some unaddressed mental-health demons” but that those issues would never explain or justify her behavior. “There is no ignorance, no innocence, nothing to claim, nothing to defend,” she wrote. “I have moved wrong in every way for years.”
If she’s telling the truth now, she certainly wasn’t before.
The semester began Aug. 24. In the past two weeks, 26 students have been asked to return home to continue their studies remotely, according to a statement from the college. The students were not suspended.
“At Washington & Jefferson College, the safety of our campus and of our faculty, staff and students is our top priority and we are committed to protecting those who live, learn and work here,” the statement reads.
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