Part I: Professors Under Fire

Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)

Oct 18, 2021
Key Points
  • Georgia professors risk being fired or suspended for moving classes online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • New discipline policy came as Georgia grappled with high COVID-19 case numbers due to the Delta variant.
  • State officials defend in-person class policy by citing lower academic performance for students in online classes.
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 ...