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The University of Missouri has expelled two students and suspended three for “willful and knowing actions” that, according to one official, violated the school’s coronovirus regulations, threatening the safety of the campus.
University Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Bill Stackman said in a letter to students and staff on Tuesday that his office had been informed of “other egregious violations” of the parties and the coronavirus safety guidelines. University officials are investigating 11 student organizations for violating school policies.
Stackman said in the letter, “Let me be clear: the university will not hesitate to catch those who break the rules.” He warned that additional investigations were pending that he expected “similar results.”
According to the university’s reopening plan, students are barred from hosting gatherings with more than 20 attendees, even from campus. Spokesperson Christian Bassi said the school received about 470 citations. He could not disclose more information about the expelled and suspended students.
“Failure to meet these expectations – especially the ban on large social gatherings – is one reason for the continued proliferation of COVID-19 in our community,” Stackman said.
According to its Kovid-19 dashboard, the university reported 1,347 cases in mid-August. Students are required to report the result of their positive test to the university within the hour of their diagnosis.
In Boones County, where the school is located, more than 3,900 cases have been reported from late August to Tuesday. According to county statistics, about 35% of people are between 20 and 24 years old.
The University of Missouri is not the only institution to take strict measures against its students for violating Kovid-19 policies.
NBC reported that Northeastern University said in early September that it had sacked 11 first-year students who had gathered in a hotel room and were found to be in violation of health protocols. Other universities, including the University of Tennessee, Tulane University and Indiana University, have threatened to expel students for failing to follow health instructions.
Some universities and colleges point to Greek life communities as contributing to the climb in the Kovid-19 cases, forcing organizations to cancel events or request that students consider moving out of Greek homes .