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College Area Residents Worry About Return Of Party Scene As Students Head Back To Campus

People walk on campus at San Diego State University on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in San Diego, Calif.
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People walk on campus at San Diego State University on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in San Diego, Calif.
As in-person learning resumes this semester at SDSU, local residents worry about the party scene on campus.

San Diego State University students began the fall semester Monday, mostly in-person. Last year, SDSU was forced to abandon most campus classes because of a spike in COVID-19 cases at the start of the fall 2020 semester.

This semester, to protect the school community and everyone around it, a vaccine mandate has been put in place, plus more oversight on campus parties and gatherings.

Some College Area residents, however, are raising concerns that the enthusiasm of pent-up college kids is creating a bigger-than-usual party culture this year.

Gary Robbins has been covering the story for The San Diego Union-Tribune and joined KPBS Midday Edition on Monday to discuss residents' concerns and how the university is responding.