Students need the structure of in-person classes and studying on campus helps them stay on top of their studies. Organizations like the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA) have stressed the benefits and importance of in-person learning coupled with studying in a campus environment.
Research indicates that students learn best when they are with their teachers in classroom settings.
Students with mental-health issues need the balanced structure, consistency, and sense of community provided by the campus setting and in-person classes and tutorials.
Many low-income college students cannot attend lectures and study from home because they don't have the necessary resources to do so.
Many don't have laptops of their own and are accustomed to using computers in the libraries on campus to read their readings, write their papers and lab reports, fill out excel sheets, create presentations, and complete other assignments. Not having access to fast computers and broadband is a serious problem for many low-income students.
Underprivileged students need open campuses to study properly and succeed in their classes. Campus closures have stunted the educational development and intellectual growth of many underprivileged students. Most low-income and first-generation college students depend on their campus for face-to-face learning support, housing, and food-security.
Expert education groups argue that returning underprivileged students to campus is absolutely critical if they are to make it to graduation.