Senators Press Colleges on Safety for Faculty, Staff and Students Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pressed the president of Purdue University on Thursday for his plans to protect employees from the coronavirus pandemic even as the school trumpets its commitment to bring students back to campus for the fall.

Low-wage workers, Warren said, are the ones cleaning dormitories and classrooms and providing food and other services to tens of thousands who attend the public university in Indiana. Many, she said, are particularly at risk for covid-19. “They have the least power,” she told Purdue President Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., and they “may not feel safe coming onto a college campus.”

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