COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — College of Maryland, Faculty Park college students have been advised to sequester-in-place after a spike of COVID-19 instances final week.
Whereas college students had been alleged to be staying of their dorms, one pupil tells WJZ some aren’t following the foundations, and the college isn’t implementing them.
“Since this semester has began, the partying, the individuals at bars, the non-mask sporting on Baltimore Avenue in giant teams of individuals, it’s been actually dangerous,” the coed, who needs to remain nameless, stated.
The coed says they really feel the college is just not doing sufficient to implement COVID-19 measures put in place to stop the unfold of the virus.
“Yesterday I regarded exterior my window, sitting inside, following the foundations and there have been individuals with no masks enjoying video games, not socially distanced,” the coed stated. “UMPD was known as, they usually did nothing.”
The college advised college students final Saturday to remain of their dorms, fraternity and sorority homes and moved all lessons on-line to mitigate the unfold of COVID-19 after a collection of clusters and outbreaks of the virus on campus final week.
The nameless pupil says earlier than that, there have been giant greek life events occurring.
“I believe it form of got here to a head with rush occasions as a result of when you’ve individuals going from one greek life home to a different after which going again to their dorm the place they’re communally residing, that’s an enormous threat of spreading COVID,” the coed stated.
The coed claims an absence of enforcement has made the issue worse.
“By the college not following on this, it’s setting a precedent that nobody has to observe the foundations and it’s not holding college students protected,” they stated.
The sequester-in-place order itself, the coed stated, was reactionary. “I believe that that is extra of (a) response on the college’s half as a result of they failed to take action a lot beforehand, I believe it’s (a) disproportionate response due to their complacency,” the coed stated.
In an announcement to WJZ, the college stated:
“Members of our neighborhood our referred to the Workplace of Pupil Conduct for COVID-19-related violations round face coverings, bodily distancing, testing visitors, and extra. Any pupil discovered accountable for violating the Code of Pupil Conduct, which incorporates COVID-19 compliance, will face penalties that vary from reprimand to suspension and expulsion.”
The College has confirmed to WJZ that some college students who had been referred for COVID-19 violations have misplaced housing privileges and been issued interim suspensions.
The sequester-in-place directive for college kids is in impact via Saturday.