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Nearly 200 UMass Amherst students could face suspension after maskless party

Officials at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst are cracking down on students found to have attended a Saturday afternoon party in violation of the school’s COVID-19 safety protocols.

A group of about 200 students attended the party — many maskless — until it was broken up after local residents contacted police, Brandi Hephner LaBanc, vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life, wrote in a note to students.

LaBanc wrote that students identified as being involved — whether hosting or attending — will be issued an interim suspension.

If a student also lives on campus, they will face the additional penalty of interim housing restrictions, she added. That will require the student to move out since they pose an immediate health risk to other residents.

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