The Ohio State University has suspended more than 200 students for allegedly breaking the school’s COVID rules against gathering in groups.
According to this, the school says the 228 students violated the school’s social distancing guidelines, which included a mandate that students – including those living off-campus – must wear masks, practice social distancing, and could not host or gather in groups of more than 10 people. The recent suspensions reportedly stemmed from gatherings that were reported between Wednesday and Sunday of last week.
Vice President of Student Life Melissa S. Shivers also informed students that upon their return to campus on August 19, any student groups found violating the rules could lose their recognition and funding.
"Perhaps knowing about the action we are taking will influence your decisions and prompt you to encourage others to take this situation seriously" Shivers wrote in her letter on August 21. "And remember that this is all about more than the individual. We have one shot at this -- responding to what so many of you asked for: an on campus semester at Ohio State."
School spokesman Benjamin Johnson told CNN that OSU’s Office of Student Life is monitoring off-campus neighborhoods and reporting non-compliant students to Student Conduct.