James Schiffman doesn’t regret moving one of his classes online this semester, despite the trouble he now finds himself in with his school’s administration.

Schiffman, who teaches communications at Georgia College and State University, said he moved one of his larger classes online to start the semester since it was difficult to social distance and his college — like all others in Georgia — prohibited him from requiring his students to wear masks. Within weeks, was summoned to his dean’s office and given a choice: move the class back in-person, or face discipline.

“First [the dean] tried to bargain with me,” Schiffman said of the Sept. 22 meeting. “Then he tried to threaten me. Then he tried to shame me.”

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