On August 29, more than 1,200 students and 166 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the University of Alabama.
"The rise we've seen in recent days is unacceptable, and if unchecked, threatens our ability to complete the rest of the semester on campus," University of Alabama President Stuart Bell said. "Now is the time for action."
As cases continue to climb, students have shared pictures on social media of crowds and lines outside of bars in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where the university is located.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox responded to the pictures and issued an executive order to close bars for 14 days, from August 24 to September 8.
"Based on my discussions with the University over the past 48 hours, the ever-increasing number of coronavirus cases on campus will create two major disruptions for Tuscaloosa if left unabated," Maddox added.
Although universities have opted for remote learning, some students are going back to campus full time. Large outbreaks linked to universities have been common, where colleges have reported multiple COVID-19 cases.
Several weeks ago, students at the University of North Georgia began their semester during the COVID-19 pandemic by hosting a wild party.
Videos that surfaced on social media show multiple students sans face masks and not following social distancing guidelines. Officials say the party was held at a privately owned, off-campus apartment complex in Dahlonega, Georgia.