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AROUND OREGON: University of Oregon decides too risky to hold classes in person

EUGENE - The University of Oregon made it official Wednesday: It will operate primarily virtual classrooms this fall due to the pandemic.

Michael Schill, UO president, said freshmen will be welcome to live on campus. But they, too, will do most classwork remotely“The decision to move to a predominantly remote and online form of instruction in the fall was not easy,” Schill said in a statement released on the UO website. “We know that the vast majority of our students are itching to get back into the classroom. Many of our faculty and staff members feel exactly the same way. However, due to a confluence of factors we need to pivot.”

The university announced in the spring that it hoped to open its campus and resume something close to normal operations this fall. But a rise this summer of new virus cases in . . .