Eleven students were suspended from Northeastern University for the rest of the fall semester after staff members found them congregated in a temporary dorm room at the Westin Hotel in Boston.
The 11 individuals were enrolled in a "modified" version of Northeastern's study-abroad program for first-year students and were rooming at the Westin Hotel, where the university is temporarily leasing rooms to provide more socially distanced housing. If they test positive, they'll have to move into wellness housing until they recover.
Students NUin program, Is an experience studying overseas for first-year students, the university said. They will be able to return in the spring semester, according to Northeastern University spokesperson Renata Nyul.
MA has a total of over 120,400 confirmed coronavirus cases and over 8,900 deaths from COVID-19, according to the latest data from the state's department of public health. "They have the right to contest their dismissal at an expedited hearing", the university said in a statement.More news: Frenchman blows up part of house while chasing fly
"Northeastern and its community of students, faculty, and staff take violations of health and safety protocols very seriously", Madeleine Estabrook, senior vice chancellor for student affairs at Northeastern, wrote in an August 28 letter. The students were in violation of Northeastern's Guide to Residence Hall Living, which prohibits large or crowded gatherings and hosting visitors.
Last month the school sent stern letters to 115 freshmen and their parents after the students indicated on social media that they meant to attend parties this fall. They will not receive a refund for their tuition, which is estimated to cost more than $36,500, the Boston Globe reports.
"Testing negative for COVID-19 is not enough", Estabrook stressed.She also penned a letter to a narrow group of students who expressed intent to attend parties in an Instagram survey that they could have their admission rescinded.
"Cooperation and compliance with public health guidelines is absolutely essential".More news: Queen and Prince Philip set for Sandringham stay in September
"Social distancing is a good practice that everyone should follow, but it's patently ridiculous to plan a pandemic strategy around college students, some of whom have been "adults" for a matter of weeks, following mask mandates, social distancing rules & event/gathering bans 24/7", a Twitter user wrote.
Northeastern is scheduled to begin in-person classes on September 14.
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