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Penn State Issues 1,300 Sanctions For Coronavirus Policy Violations

Penn State has issued nearly 1,300 sanctions for violations of its coronavirus mitigation policies since August 17, the university announced Thursday.

The university’s 1,277 reported sanctions were for violations of new mandatory guidelines such as wearing face masks on campus, non-adherence to quarantine or isolation policies, or attending large gatherings both on and off campus.

“The University’s top priority in response to the pandemic has been the health and safety of our community. We are grateful for the seriousness with which most of our students take the virus’ threat, but we will continue to hold accountable those students who threaten our community by violating our clearly stated expectations,” Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs, said. “The consistent compliance of most students continues to be a source of encouragement for the universal compliance among students that we seek, and the decline in conduct referrals in recent weeks has been pleasing.”

Additionally, 1,046 students have received conduct warnings. More than 200 were placed on probation or probation with a transcript notation, which is reserved for “multiple or more serious offenses.”

Ten students received suspensions from the university, which prohibits them from registering for classes, taking courses, or living on campus for the remainder of the academic year.

An additional 17 students had their on-campus housing revoke — most notably, according to Penn State, for hosting large gatherings or inviting guests over. Students given the boot were provided time to make arrangements and move out. They’ll receive a refund for a prorated portion or unused housing fees but can’t live on campus for the remainder of the academic year.

“The health of our community depends on both individual and collective action,” Sims said. “We will continue to work closely with student leaders and local authorities to encourage the necessary behavior among all students, but I could not be more pleased by the personal and public responsibility so many of our students have consistently demonstrated through this challenging time.”

Earlier this semester, Penn State took action against Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi fraternities for hosting gatherings before classes began. Both were suspended for their conduct.

To date, 2,475 University Park students and one employee have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]

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