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UW-Whitewater asking students to sign covenant for safe behavior amid pandemic

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WHITEWATER (WKOW) -- Rising COVID-19 case counts among people in their late teens and early twenties are causing concern for area colleges.

UW-Whitewater's chancellor is planning to have returning students sign a covenant regarding safe and healthy behavior when they return to campus.

It would ask students to wear masks and maintain distancing both inside and outside of the classroom.

Chancellor Dwight Watson acknowledges the school can't control their actions off campus.

"Maybe they're out and they're socializing and they're not social distancing. They just came off of a very difficult semester, they want to get out and about now they're going to have to shift their ways of being when they're on campus," says Watson.

He says students and faculty who don't feel comfortable returning can opt for distance learning, but 50 percent of classes will be in person.

Amber Noggle

Anchor, 27 News at 5, 6 and 10

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