Students and their families carefully move belongings to a campus dormitory at the University of South Carolina, where classes are set to start August 20. As IT and security pros juggle the new realities of COVID-19, they are relying on new cloud, IoT and artificial intelligence technologies to keep students, faculty and staff secure. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Colleges and universities around the country face a daunting conundrum as the pandemic continues to make planning an impossible task. There’s no consensus on how to reopen, and each school must create its own rules, all subject to change by the minute.

The fall semester will start soon and decisions on how to return are needed right away. Many colleges have taken a hybrid approach, blending remote learning with in-person classes, in the hope of offering more flexibility.

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