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Some Chico State students staying in town, despite university changes

Despite the recent changes at Chico State University, not all students are heading home just yet.

Posted: Sep 3, 2020 2:10 PM
Updated: Sep 3, 2020 2:25 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Despite the recent changes at Chico State University, not all students are heading home just yet.

Action News Now spoke with students who say they still plan on staying in Chico, even though the university recently announced it is switching to online-only, after an outbreak in coronavirus cases.

Rachel Bennett, from Sacramento, says "I'm staying in Chico because I have a lease at the moment that I can't get out of."

The same goes for senior, Baylie Hammitt. "A lot of my friends are staying for the same reason I am, just leases, if we are paying we might as well be here," she said.

RELATED: Chico State COVID-19 cases spike, list of contacts made public

Bennett and Hammit both say this is not how they envisioned their last year of college.

"If it wasn't for the lease, I probably would have left," shared Bennett. "The college experience is not the same as being online because you can't do much or go out because of COVID."

Hammit added, "We can't really do anything. My other three years are completely different than this year."

The recent coronavirus outbreak at the university also has them concerned.

"I was hoping that we'd be able to get it together and come back," said Hammitt.

But for now, students will have to continue adjusting to online learning as they await what comes next.

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