Welcome to Friday, August 7. Today, the Johns Hopkins University shifts to an online-only fall, we examine how students might carry the coronavirus from their home states to their college towns, and Syracuse University suspends students for violating the campus’s quarantine policy.

Today’s Briefing was written by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz, with contributions from Megan Zahneis and Julia Piper. Write us: fernanda@chronicle.com.

Johns Hopkins University will have a virtual fall semester.

The Johns Hopkins University on Thursday reversed its plan to have undergraduates on campus for the fall semester. The institution went even a step further, urging students to stay away from Baltimore, where its main campus is located. Employees can expect to work from home for the rest of the year.

Hopkins’s turnaround was the latest in a long summer filled with fall-plans reversals. But this announcement was especially noteworthy. Last spring the university projected a net loss of $375 million through June 2021, and attributed much of that deficit to a loss of clinical-services revenue. Hopkins has been a leader in research on and tracking of the coronavirus, and the institution has both a large endowment and close ties to world-renowned medical services. Thursday’s announcement showed that even one of the country’s heaviest-hitting research universities can be stymied by the coronavirus. Our Lindsay Ellis has more.

Quick hits.

  • Syracuse University suspended a group of students for “knowingly violating” orders for an on-campus quarantine, the experience of which one university official has compared to a “minimum-security prison.” The number of students suspended and the nature of their violations are unknown. (The Daily Orange)
  • Officials at Northern Arizona University have advised department leaders not to tell their employees if a co-worker shows symptoms of or tests positive for Covid-19, in order to avoid causing panic. (Arizona Daily Sun)
  • At Mercer University, in Georgia, 35 students have tested positive for Covid-19, and 29 of them are athletes. The University of Louisville dismissed three men’s soccer players and suspended three more over a party that led to 29 Covid-19 cases and the temporary suspension of four sports programs. (WMAZ; The Courier-Journal)
  • The son of President Michael R. Lovell of Marquette University withdrew from the Wisconsin institution after racist and sexist social-media posts he made in 2017 and 2018 resurfaced. (Marquette Wire)
  • In protest of their institution’s decision to resume in-person instruction this fall, Elon University students held a virtual town hall called “We Won’t Die for Elon.” (Elon News Network)
  • The University of Miami has hired 75 students to serve as public-health ambassadors, enforcing and encouraging Covid-19 safety protocols. (News@TheU)
  • Athletes at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln are staging a social-media campaign to share demands for more minority representation in the campus’s athletics programs. (The Daily Nebraskan)
  • If students aren’t able to return to campus this fall, Harvey Mudd College, in California, says it will furlough some staff members. (The Student Life)
  • The NAACP and the University of Kentucky are teaming up on a project to allow Black faculty members to do research in local Black communities. (The Washington Post)
  • The University of California at Los Angeles may eliminate two scholarships offered by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. (Daily Bruin)

Weekend reads.

This week’s selection of Chronicle staff-recommended reads are, admittedly, on the darker side:

More than 400,000 students leave their home states for college. That could be a problem this fall.

Enrolling students from every state and other countries once meant big tuition dollars for colleges and lots of marketing material about geographic diversity.

This year that mass migration to campus has taken on new — potentially worrisome — meaning in an era of pandemic. Students could leave their home states and bring the coronavirus with them. Our Audrey Williams June analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education to identify the most popular states where first-time students travel for college, which states those students come from, and which are currently Covid-19 hot spots. Here are two of her findings:

  • In the fall of 2018, the biggest exporter of students was California, now at a heightened risk level. More than 37,000 students from the Golden State went to out-of-state colleges.
  • New York was among the top three destinations for freshmen from 10 states. But that state’s travel-advisory list will make it harder for the pattern to continue this year.

Take a look at the interactive map here.

New on Chronicle.com.

OK, boomers: Millennials are a majority group. What does that mean for colleges?

About 50.7 percent of U.S. residents were under 40 years old as of July 2019, according to a new analysis by the Brookings Institution. The combined millennial and Gen Z populations now outnumber the older cohorts, Gen X and baby boomers, the Associated Press reports. That means that millennials and the oldest of their younger peers are everywhere, including in powerful positions in government, business, and academe.

In 2016 our Sarah Brown reported on a survey in which one-third of millennial respondents said they found members of older generations more difficult to manage. Was it a clash of generations or of leadership styles? Read her report on millennial managers to find out.

Stat of the day.

  • 340

That’s how many first-year students have deferred their admission to Harvard University, according to its most recent projections.

Comings and goings.

  • William L. Fox, president of St. Lawrence University, in New York, plans to retire in June 2021.
  • Gia Soublet, vice president for institutional advancement at Xavier University of Louisiana, has been named vice chancellor for institutional advancement at North Carolina Central University.
  • Liz Tovar, associate athletics director for student-athlete academic services at the University of Iowa, will become the university’s interim associate vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion on August 17.
  • Samuel Poloyac, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences and associate dean for graduate and postdoctoral programs in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, will become dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin on October 15.


When was the moment you knew you’d made it? When did it hit you that all your work as a student or an early-career academic had paid off?

Ruth Gotian’s moment happened this week. The chief learning officer in Weill Cornell Medical College’s department of anesthesia, Gotian tweeted that she’d received reviews of a manuscript that urged her to read and cite the work of Ruth Gotian.

Have you had a similar experience? Or did you have a different kind of “I’ve made it” moment? Tell me about yours, and you may see your story in a future Briefing: fernanda@chronicle.com.