Coronavirus: Purdue suspends 36 students over mask, social distancing policy

Coronavirus: Purdue suspends 36 students over mask, social distancing policy
FILE PHOTO: Purdue University suspended 36 students Wednesday for violating its mask and social distancing policies. (Andrew Hancock, Purdue University) (andrew hancock/Purdue University)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University suspended 36 students Wednesday for violating its mask and social distancing policies.

University officials said the violations were caused by students holding a gathering in doors, WTHR reported.

“No one was wearing face masks or social distancing as reported by the Purdue University Police Department,” Katie Sermersheim, associate vice provost and dean of students, said in a release. “It’s very disappointing and discouraging that we haven’t even officially launched the semester and we’ve had a social function that violates our ‘Protect Purdue’ policies and plans.”

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Sermersheim said officials will strictly enforce conduct guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

“Plainly stated, hosting or attending gatherings and parties where social distancing is not possible and masks are not worn represent violations of the Protect Purdue Pledge; if you don’t abide by rules, there is no place for you here,” Sermersheim said. “We owe it to each other to do everything we can to manage the risk and preserve the health of our community.”