STORRS, Conn. (AP) — University of Connecticut officials have evicted several students from on-campus housing after learning of a crowded dormitory room party with no mask wearing or social distancing, which violated the school’s coronavirus rules.
School officials notified the campus community of the disciplinary actions and investigations in a letter Tuesday night. Students began returning to campus last Friday, all were tested for the virus and all were supposed to limit their contact with others during their first 14 days back on campus.
Video of the party was posted on social media.
“Students were not wearing masks, closely assembled, and endangering not only their own health and wellbeing, but that of others at a time when UConn is working to protect our community and resume classes in the context of a deadly global pandemic,” said the letter sent by Eleanor Daugherty, associate vice president and dean of students, and Pamela Schipani, executive director of residential life.
Temporary disciplinary action was taken against an undisclosed number of students and they were removed from student housing pending a school investigation, they said.
Many colleges have changed course and moved all undergraduate classes online as schools struggle to contain outbreaks and students continue to gather in large groups without masks or social distancing.
UConn officials, however, said there is no outbreak at the Storrs campus and the students’ actions were not representative of the entire student body, most of which has been following the coronavirus protocols. About 5,000 students are on campus.
As of Tuesday, UConn has received coronavirus test results for 3,850 on-campus students. Five tested positive and are being isolated. Two commuting students also reported they have tested positive. School officials said 25 students on campus were in medical quarantine due to potential contact with others who tested positive.