36 Students Suspended From Purdue University for Attending Off-Campus Party
“none of [the attendees] had masks on”
If you were in college right now, would you even bother returning to campus this year? It sounds like no fun at all.
CBS News reports:
36 Purdue University students suspended after off-campus party
Thirty-six students at Purdue University who attended a party on Wednesday night have been suspended, a spokesperson for the university confirmed to CBS News. Syracuse University announced later Thursday that it had suspended 23 students for attending a large gathering on the “quad” on campus.
The Purdue party was held by the Circle Pines Cooperative, and the spokesperson said both the co-op and the attendees were suspended. The spokesperson did not specify the duration of the suspensions, but said students had the right to appeal.
The spokesperson added that the students were suspended for violating the university’s “Protect Purdue Pledge,” which lays out rules intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
An independent student newspaper at Purdue reported that police received a call about a “large party” at approximately 11 p.m. on Wednesday night. A GroupMe message from Director of Orientation Programs Craig Johnson reportedly said that “none of [the attendees] had masks on” when police arrived.
The twenty-three students at Syracuse were suspended following a large gathering of freshmen on the quad on Wednesday. The school said a small group of students went to the quad around 9:45 p.m. — but that by 10:00 p.m., “the group had grown considerably.”
“By now you are aware of the incredibly reckless behavior that took place on the Quad last night. We assure you: Anyone we are able to identify as attending that gathering will be held responsible,” the school said in a statement, adding that it’s still reviewing security footage, interviewing witnesses and processing tips.
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There are two separate issues which require the attention of alumni (particularly alumni lawyers). First, all students must be held accountable for their individual misconduct. No “look the other way”. Second, each accused student must have full due process. The COVID pandemic is no excuse for denying a hearing, presumption of innocence, right to counsel, or setting a lower standard of proof. I believe that students should have a say in setting the terms of the campus judicial system. Yet, most campuses are adopting a shadow process this summer without student involvement that is very short on due process.
Bottom line: throw the book at the party participants, but do it in a way that deomonstrates procedural due process.
What reckless behavior? A 20-something has no significant risk of contracting or transmitting covid-19.