Coronavirus in MA: 20 Boston College students test positive for COVID-19

Elias Hubbard
March 25, 2020

Universities have been told by the government to stop making unconditional offers to pupils - who may feel pressured to accept during the uncertainty created by coronavirus.

Universities minister Michelle Donelan said: "We want to assure students that grades will be equally as valid as those in previous years, and their hard work will be rewarded and fairly recognised".

It comes after the Department for Education warned some universities were switching offers which depended on getting A-level grades to unconditional offers. The school will reach out to affected students in the coming days. One student diagnosed with COVID-19 was on campus, and is now in isolation at an apartment complex that houses students from the college.

Richard Taylor, chief operating officer at Loughborough University, said that converting offers to unconditional is "the equivalent of a chemist jacking paracetamol prices up to a tenner", adding that it is "unhelpful" for students and teachers.

Butler County Community College has announced that a student who attends the main campus in Butler Township has tested positive for COVID-19.

Many services offered by Durham College will still be offered online.

"We must also look out for students too, who in these uncertain times may be feeling anxious about their futures". You do not need to isolate yourself, visit a doctor, or get tested.

The student's identity is being withheld to protect the privacy rights of the student.

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