Classes have not started yet and already the Ohio State University has suspended 228 students for violations related to off-campus parties. University officials warned last week that distancing and facemasks would be enforced on and off campus. This round of suspensions were handed to students who attended gatherings with 10 or more people where attendees did not practice social distancing nor wear facemasks.
Ohio State is not the only university to face concerns. Syracuse University, St. Olaf College, and Purdue University have already suspended students for similar violations. In addition, the University of Miami, the University of Connecticut, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill have already revoked student housing for those violating health guidelines. Meanwhile, other campuses are dealing with outbreaks. The University of Alabama has 530 positive cases just days after the start of class.
Blake is a writer focused on non-profits and trade industries. He has told the stories of countless peacebuilders while covering international development with the nonprofit Search for Common Ground. He is a graduate of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.