A university has kept the tuitions of eleven first-year students whom they have expelled after discovering that they had violated social distancing policies.
As the Northeastern University, a private institution in Boston, Massachusetts, announced, they have dismissed 11 of their students after catching them breaking the school’s coronavirus policies.
According to the Boston Globe, a spokesperson for the university has informed them that the expelled individuals, who have not been named, were hanging out at the same room while failing to wear face masks or maintain social distance.
“During COVID-19, per Northeastern University and Massachusetts regulations and guidelines, there will be no guests, visitors, or additional occupants allowed in residential assigned bed spaces during this time; this includes neighbors within your residential building,” the policy that eleven students have violated reads.
As the university’s spokesperson also confirmed, the students were informed about the school’s decision and given 24 hours to leave the Westin Hotel which has been converted into a temporary dorm.
Before the students were allowed to leave, they were also required to undergo coronavirus testing under “the understanding that anyone who tests positive will be moved into wellness housing at the university until they have recovered.”
Following their expulsion from the temporary dorm, the students will reportedly not get back their tuitions, which rest at $36,500, and will not be allowed to participate in any of the university’s classes remotely.
According to the university, they made it clear that all students understood they were required to “practice physical distancing, avoid crowds, and wear masks in the presence of other people” on numerous occasions.
In addition to the warnings and the school’s handbook in which the policy is explained, the university also sent a letter to all students to inform them that hosting an unsafe “gathering, social or party, either on or off-campus” would result in suspension.
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