It was a one-two punch many people saw coming. But it still shook San Diego State University.
Barely 10 days into the fall semester, SDSU pushed its face-to-face classes online due to a budding COVID-19 outbreak. A short time later, the school’s dorm students were told to go into quarantine during a heat wave.
President Adela de la Torre saw this as a way to protect students. Some of her faculty described it as an avoidable situation caused by poor leadership. And, in a rarity for SDSU, faculty are publicly and sharply questioning de la Torre’s ability to guide the university through a crisis in which nearly 1,000 of its students have tested positive for COVID-19.
That’s the highest of any college or university in California, says a New York Times survey.
“What was the purpose of putting 2,600 students in dorms? Was it just so they could take a