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Photos: Over 2,700 students move on campus for fall semester

Despite the growing COVID-19 cases in Valdosta and the city being reported as a ‘red zone’ in leaked white house documents, according to the Valdosta Daily Times, VSU still opened their housing to over 2,700 new and returning students.   This year move-in day was organized differently in order to keep students, their guests and move-in day volunteers safe. It ...

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VSU receives large shipment of PPE for fall semester

Thanks to the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), VSU is prepared to hand out personal protective equipment to its students, faculty and staff throughout this upcoming fall semester. On July 23, USG announced that they would be distributing PPE to its 26 institutions. According to the USG website, USG has sent a total of ...

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VSU’s return plan compared to CDC COVID-19 guidelines

VSU may be testing the waters by reopening campus, but at least they’re meeting guidelines. VSU’s “Return to Campus Plan” was released on July 1, informing students, faculty, and staff on how the university’s fall 2020 semester will proceed and explaining plans to avoid anyone contracting the virus in the VSU community. According to the Wall Street Journal, two recent ...

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College of Math and Sciences finds new interim Dean

After former dean Keith Walters was arrested for the involvement of a child sex sting operation, Dr. James LaPlant took charge as the interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. As the new semester draws closer, Dr. LaPlant will resume his position as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Dr. Theresa Grove will now ...

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VSU faculty encourages USG to modify contingency plan for Fall semester

While some students are happy about not taking online classes for most of the fall semester, some VSU faculty members are concerned about health risks that may occur with the university’s new contingency plan. Following the release of the contingency plan on July 2, VSU faculty came together to write a letter that voices their concerns and suggests modifications to ...

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VSU varsity sports scheduled to resume in fall semester

VSU’s Athletic Department is planning on having all varsity sports active during the fall semester, with new regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Herb Reinhard, director of athletics for VSU, said that he wants all students to understand upon return to make sure to do everything they can to prevent the spread of the virus. “It will be extremely important ...

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USG mandates wearing face masks on college campuses

The University System of Georgia announced Monday that starting on July 15 it will be required for faculty, staff and students to wear face masks on college campuses. The only places face masks will not be required are in dorm rooms, or outside where social distancing can be maintained. As of July 7, there are a total of 100,470 confirmed ...

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Column: A Country’s Crumbling

The killing of George Floyd was truly a turning point in American history. If the social and political consequences from the aftermath are allowed to go unchecked, the rule of law as we know it could wither away. What started in Minneapolis on May 28, was soon mimicked in several cities across the country: mass protests, but also riots, violence, ...

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VSU announces new contingency plan for fall semester

The Fall semester is still scheduled to begin face-to-face instruction on August 17 but VSU finally released a new contingency plan that will alter the fall semester due to COVID-19. The 80-page contingency plan that was released on July 2 lays out the university’s entire, detailed plan for how it hopes to operate, and control virus spread in the upcoming ...

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VSU students, faculty still digesting the switch to on-line learning

When 2020 started, students and faculty at VSU weren’t worried about the rise of a pandemic. They were focusing on starting a new school year, planning out their courses, and getting prepared for the classes they were signed up to take. No one expected to suddenly be switched to all online classes, However, this was the reality that the students ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

Check the current number of cases on the VSU campus here!