“The established protocols at Ohio University are in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health”
If I had a child in college and this was happening, I would pull them out. Why would anyone put up with this?
Campus Reform reports:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘He is hungry, isolated, cold’: Parent of Ohio U student sounds alarm on quarantine dorm experience
A concerned Ohio University parent is blowing the whistle on the quality of the school’s quarantine dorms after her son’s visit resulted in limited access to food.
Margo Seybolt vocalized her concerns to Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations Gillian Ice, through which she cited limited access to food as one of the challenges her son, Emanuel Seybolt, experienced during his three-day quarantine after returning to campus for the spring semester.
“He ordered food at 6:43pm and never received a meal. He is saying he is hungry, isolated, cold, tired of hearing the person next to him coughing and the banging noises below him,” Seybolt wrote in an email to Ice obtained by Campus Reform.
Ice responded to the email to express the protocols of the university align with the Ohio Department of Health, and stated her regrets for the “inconvenience.”
“The established protocols at Ohio University are in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health and designed to keep the campus as safe as possible,” Ice wrote. “ I regret that this has been an inconvenience for him.”
Emanuel was instructed to quarantine in the university-sponsored dormitory on Jan. 10 after being notified of a positive PCR test taken on Jan. 6. Per university guidelines, all students who reside in university housing were required to take a Covid-19 test prior to returning to campus in January.
While in the quarantine dorms, students are not permitted to leave the room unless for approved activities such as laundry, testing, or emergencies.
Food is permitted to be delivered, however, from either delivery sites such as Instacart or Doordash, or can be ordered online using the Culinary Service department’s form. Emanuel reported utilizing the form on Jan. 10. However, the order was not delivered until the next day.
“I didn’t get any food or anything,” Emanuel told Campus Reform. “I was worried, like what if this keeps happening?”
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