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SDSU begins 2020-21 school year with mostly virtual classes

Posted at 12:16 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 15:16:32-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – San Diego State University kicked off its 2020-21 school year Monday with almost all classes online in an attempt to keep students safe and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

While most classes are virtual this fall semester, there are many students who are still living on campus or having to go to school for other matters.

Normally, SDSU would have about 7,500 students living on campus. As of the start of this school year, that number is down to 2,600.

In addition to the lower number of students living on campus, the university created strict rules for moving in and having guests.

The school is trying a positive messaging approach and hoping they can avoid outbreaks similar to what has happened at other colleges in the U.S.

ABC 10News learned one SDSU student tested positive for the virus last week and is in self isolation.

SDSU fraternities have imposed their own ban on social events this fall, and all recruitment events will be virtual with no in-person interaction.

Fall sports have also been postponed due to the pandemic.

The university is not testing students who arrive on campus, but testing is available on site.

If students test positive or are exposed to COVID-19, SDSU has a detailed isolation and quarantine plan in place.

As if having to deal with the pandemic wasn’t enough for SDSU -- students ABC 10News talked to weren't aware of the nationwide Zoom outages Monday, as classes were just beginning, and the school did not immediately responded as to whether the issues affected any of the first day's classes.