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Wednesday, May 07, 2003

In case you haven't heard,

In case you haven't heard, UC Berkeley has imposed a ban on summer students from the SARS affected areas from attending classes at Berkely this summer. Civil rights groups are furious and call for an immediate lift of the ban.

This is really interesting. I'm not sure how I feel about it. The university claimed that they acted because they have examined and found campus health services inadequate to deal with a potential outbreak of SARS on the campus. On one hand, that makes some sense. They don't know what to do, so they opted for a safe route to protect their regular students and staff on campus.

On the other hand, yes there's always the other hand, the campus administration has no way to control regular students from those areas who may be going home for the summer from returning to campus. Nor will they have any way to prevent Berkeley residents from visiting those areas and perhaps bringing SARS home. Oh yes, and what about them Canadians? Basically, keeping out a handful of prospective summer students from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore is not really going to keep the pervervial Genie from coming out of a bottle, or is it?

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