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Petition calling on Luther College to continue online instruction draws over 1,200 signatures

Posted: Tue, Jan 5, 2021 2:19 PM

A campaign to convince Luther College officials to continue holding online classes instead of in-person classes has drawn the signatures of over 1,200 people, including more than 680 students.

Sources from the petition drive say it was conducted over a four-day period, starting December 30th.  The petition and the signatures were then sent to Luther College administrators on Sunday, January 3rd.  On Monday, Luther College President Jenifer K. Ward issued an email defending the college's decision to move to on-campus instruction as of January 11th.  A copy of the e-mail has been obtained by decorahnews.com.  In it, President Ward says there are several pieces of good news about COVID-19 cases, including a decrease in the number of active student cases and a decrease in the number of students in isolation or quarantine.  In addition, the college has signed an agreement to provide additional testing on campus.

President Ward's email ends by saying, "Balancing the twin commitments of attending to public health and providing a creative approach to ensuring academic excellence is difficult and—ironically—feels even more challenging now that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel."