For many people, college is more of an experience than just the classroom setting and working towards a degree. For many people, college is the first time they are living away from home and making their own decisions without their parents right there to enforce rules.

Coronavirus has killed the fun in many ways in 2020, but for 11 freshman students at Northeastern University, it has also temporarily killed their education.

In an article on Northeastern’s website, Madeleine Estabrook, senior vice chancellor for student affairs at Northeastern said,

“Northeastern and its community of students, faculty, and staff take violations of health and safety protocols very seriously. Cooperation and compliance with public health guidelines is absolutely essential. Those people who do not follow the guidelines—including wearing masks, avoiding parties and other gatherings, practicing healthy distancing, washing your hands, and getting tested—are putting everyone else at risk.”

The 11 freshman students were suspended from Northeastern University for the fall semester because they were caught attending a party. Watch the video below to learn more about this party and to hear what some other students had to say about the students getting suspended.

 

The students were very aware of Northeastern University’s no partying policy during the coronavirus pandemic. Estabrook said

“students…have been formally notified that they must practice physical distancing, avoid crowds, and wear masks in the presence of other people. The students were required to acknowledge that they had reviewed the program handbook, which included details of the COVID-19 requirements that are meant to keep everyone safe.”

The handbook was far from the only way students were informed about the no partying policy. There have also been “mandatory floor meetings.”

Estabrook sent a letter to students on August 28, 2020, explaining that “Students who attend an unsafe gathering, social or party, either on or off-campus, can expect suspension.”

Do you think Northeastern made the right decision by suspending the students?