More than 630 students and three student organizations at the University of Alabama have received sanctions for violating the school’s COVID-19 rules.
A fourth organization is facing suspension, a university spokesman told NBC News on Thursday.
The school did not provide specifics on what led to the restrictions and suspension, but said in a statement that the university issued “639 individual student sanctions. 8.” Of those, 33 were issued notices that effectively “suspend students from campus while their conduct matters moving through due process.”
University students said, “Depending on the seriousness of the student’s conduct, the length of the student’s suspension may be.”
Last month, the university updated its return to campus guidelines to include language on how it would implement the COVID-19 regulations, The Birmingham News Report. As per the guidelines, the university said “all members of the campus community should strictly follow the university’s health and safety guidelines,” including use of face covering, social distinctions and banning of mass ceremonies.
People and groups who are in violation face “stringent restrictions and discipline,” it reads.
For students, the first violation will result in a letter violation, while the second violation will result in a formal conduct charge and “disciplinary warning, which will reflect on their student disciplinary record.” The third violation will result in disciplinary probation for two semesters and according to the school the student must complete a character workshop.
“Repeated offenders will face more and more restrictions,” the guidelines read. “Serious offenders will be met with significant sanctions, including a post-ban and suspension. Given compliance expectations and expectations of mitigating risks, the implementation of the sanctions will limit laxity.”
The guidelines also state that no more than 50 people can attend 100 for indoor events and outdoor. All on-campus events or meetings organized by students must be registered through the Office of Student Participation.
“Additionally, off-campus student events sponsored by, or on behalf of, student organizations are notably absent from the Vice President of Student Life, in particular. If on-campus events are approved, they must be approved by all universities , Local, must comply. And state requirements, “guidelines state.
Violations include a written warning after the first offense and removal of the organization from the campus for one academic year after the fourth violation.
Coronavirus cases have been rising at the school since on-campus classes began on August 19. According to the school’s COVID-19 dashboard, the total number of cases since in-person classes began is at least 1,889.