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WUHAN (Global Times) — Chi­nese univer­si­ties have adopted more flex­i­ble COVID-19 pre­cau­tion man­age­ment, to bal­ance virus preven­tion and stu­dents’ daily need for travel ahead of the up­com­ing Na­tional Day hol­i­days, af­ter tough mea­sures in some col­leges sparked con­tro­versy.

Xi’an In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies Univer­sity (XISU) made head­lines on Sun­day af­ter videos emerged fea­tur­ing stu­dents yelling from their rooms at mid­night, ask­ing the school to “lift the lock­down” and “solve the prob­lems” caused by the univer­sity’s strict closed-off cam­pus rules.

A ju­nior XISU stu­dent who asked to be anony­mous told the Global Times on Mon­day the strict lock­down had led to higher prices for com­modi­ties, be­cause there are few shops; and dif­fi­cul­ties in tak­ing a shower.

Stu­dents vented their anger, as shown in the videos. The topic of closed-off man­age­ment at XISU trig­gered heated dis­cus­sion on Chi­nese Twit­ter-like Sina Weibo, with over 420 mil­lion reads as of press time.

XISU said on Mon­day that it will sim­plify the pro­ce­dures for stu­dents to go out, but it will also ask stu­dents not to leave the city if not nec­es­sary. It said it will ex­tend ser­vice hours for meals and show­ers, man­age ex­press de­liv­ery is­sues, and crack down on price hikes.

The ju­nior stu­dent con­firmed to the Global Times that stu­dents can exit and en­ter the cam­pus freely now with their stu­dent ID cards and “green health code.”

Since univer­si­ties in China re-opened in early Septem­ber, de­bates have gone on about pre­cau­tions, in­clud­ing closed-off man­age­ment rules. The dis­cus­sions re­sumed ahead of the eight-day na­tional hol­i­day on Oc­to­ber 1, af­ter some schools for­bade stu­dents to leave dur­ing the hol­i­day.


STU­DENTS are obliged to scan a QR code to reg­is­ter health in­for­ma­tion at the west gate of Wuhan Univer­sity in Wuhan, Cen­tral China’s Hubei prov­ince.

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