A university in Wisconsin has asked members of nine fraternities and sororities to quarantine after 38 students tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said.
University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dane County health officials have asked 420 students to quarantine for two weeks following the positive results, the university said in a statement.
“Our goal is to stop any further spread of the virus among our students and the community at large,” said Jake Baggott, executive director of University Health Services. The university pointed out that violating the quarantine could result in a quarantine order and / or a fine of up to $ 10,000.
The school then announced that it would ask all members of its 38 sections of the fraternity with residential houses to test for COVID-19. Students can ignore if they have checked the results of the last 90 days.
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“We are committed to responding quickly to concerns and risks to ensure the safety of all members of our community,” said Lori Reesor, vice-chancellor for student affairs. “Our students’ commitment to following public health guidelines is a critical part of this effort.
However, reports from other universities indicate that students have other priorities, leaving universities to deal with party cultures on campus.
“Drinking is a very big part of that culture,” Emerson Boettcher told Channel 3000. “You tell them, ‘You can’t do that at all,’ but every person that was part of that culture will always come back… there a you cannot expect this plan to be successful. “
Northeastern University fired 11 students after partying at a Boston hotel that had been converted into a temporary dormitory, according to the Boston Globe. The university had banned students from having parties in their rooms, but they defied orders.
Students were given 24 hours to leave, with the university ordering them to get tested for COVID-19. The university has kept the tuition fees for the students and will allow them to come back in the spring.
“Northeastern and its community of students, faculty and staff take violations of health and safety protocols very seriously,” said Vice-Chancellor Madeleine Estabrook. “Cooperation and compliance with public health guidelines are absolutely essential.”
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Meanwhile, University of South Carolina officials had to cut short a poolside party of a few hundred people at an apartment complex near the university. Columbia City Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins described the party as “almost like Mardi Gras.”
“Gatherings and activities where our citizens show disregard for public safety and public health cannot and will not be tolerated,” Mayor Steve Benjamin said in a statement.
In mid-August, several University of Connecticut students were kicked out after videos on social media revealed a crowded party and a blatant disregard for social distancing, with an obvious lack of face masks.
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“Many of you are aware of a party in a dormitory that violated our health and safety rules; as a result, the students involved were removed from campus accommodation, ”University President Tom Katsouleas and Provost Carl Lejuez wrote in a letter to campus. “Separately, over the weekend, seven students were convicted of minor offenses.