Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Fall Semester at the University of Alaska Southeast started up Monday.
Chancellor Dr. Karen Carey said on Action Line that they are excited to be back and that the buzz with the students is great.
Enrollment is down a bit and she attributes that to COVID. "We think because of the mask mandate there are some students who just don't feel comfortable wearing a mask all day going to class so we're really hoping that once we get out of COVID we can even generate more excitement by everybody coming back mask less. For right now my job is to keep everybody healthy and safe so we are requiring the masks and we are requiring six foot distancing."
There's not a vaccine mandate in place campus wide, although a vaccine mandate is in place for those students leaving in the dormitories. "That is congregate housing where they are very close together." They know there are students on campus who are not vaccinated which is way masking is required every where, she said.