Holy Cross posts letter to students on ‘disappointing off-campus behavior’ amid pandemic

At least one attendee at a recent "large" off-campus party has tested positive for the coronavirus, school officials said.

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Holy Cross officials say they’re “profoundly disappointed” after college officers responded to a “large party” of students at an off-campus apartment Saturday night that had more people than the limit set by the state’s guidelines and people there weren’t wearing masks or social distancing.

Since then, college officials said Tuesday in a letter to students — titled “Disappointing Off-Campus Behavior” — that at least one attendee has tested positive for COVID-19 and “several” others are potentially positive.

“This behavior violates state and local guidelines as well as the Holy Cross Community Commitment, which students acknowledged and agreed to in July,” the letter said. “Needless to say, this is a profoundly disappointing situation. The students responsible for the party will be held accountable under our Community Standards process.”


The fall semester at Holy Cross is being taught entirely remote, according to the letter, and only a small number of students are being allowed to stay on campus. The college has not altered the timeline for its semester, with classes set to begin on Sept. 1.

“Our ability to return to campus depends in great part upon community members’ willingness to adhere to state, local and college health guidelines and requirements,” the letter said. “Put simply: We will not be able to welcome back the entire campus community, or even a larger cohort than we have this fall, if students cannot demonstrate the self-discipline, mutual respect, and care for others by following requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

College officials are asking anyone who went to the party, and anyone who thinks they were in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, to get tested as soon as they can. Even if someone tests negative, they are asked to quarantine for 14 days after the last time they were in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

The Holy Cross news comes as the University of Connecticut evicted some students from on-campus housing after a party without masks or social distancing was held last Friday.



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