, a private evangelical university in Virginia, has been in the spotlight this week, after its president, Jerry Falwell Jr., invited students back to campus, defying a national trend and pleas from the state’s governor. 

Hundreds of universities around the country have closed in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus in recent weeks. In Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) recently ordered all nonessential businesses to close, and urged the university to reconsider its invitation to students. Falwell has said the university is , noting that students will still be taking classes online, just from their dorms, while requiring social distancing on campus. 

Among the students who could return are the many studying medicine or public health. Indeed, that

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