An officer from the Oxford Police Department arrived over the weekend to break up a house party who violated capacity rules, which currently does not allow gatherings of more than 10 people. When the police arrived at the house, several students were sitting in the verandah, getting unmasked, drinking alcohol and listening to music.
Despite allowing 20 people inside the house, the party hosts retained them. According to the officer’s body-camera footage, he warned students that they were violating safety guidelines before driving a student’s license.
But after scanning the ID of one of the stay-at-home students, he noticed a note on his computer that the student had tested positive for COVID-19 a week earlier.
“How many other people have COVID?” The officer asked.
“They all do,” the student replied, pointing to his housewives. He said that some guests had also tested positive.
“This is what we are trying to stop,” the official said. “We want to keep this city open.”
Police fined six men – five who live in the house and one visitor – $ 500 each.
“This is particularly the case, but I think for the most part, the students at large have behaved very well,” Lieutenant Lara Feining of the Oxford Police Department told CBS News affiliate WKRC.
“Some residents came from across the street who were reportedly COVID positive,” Fenning said. “We don’t know if anyone else in that party knew about the COVID positive residents, because some of those officers lived there.”
The University of Miami said it received a student violation from Oxford PD. The school told CBS News that it could not comment on an individual case, but said that any student violating quarantine or segregation orders, including hosting a large gathering, disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct Will face
“We take these cases most seriously, and students may face suspension or dismissal for these types of violations,” a university spokesman told CBS News on Friday.
The school announced this week that it would resume in-person and hybrid classes on September 21 after a month of fully online classes. Students residing on campus, starting on Monday, continue to be phased out.
All students returning to campus must be tested for coronavirus before going into the dorms. Additionally, face masks are required for all students and faculties and all activities outside the classroom with more than 10 participants have been canceled or virtually transferred.