(Natural News) A private educational institution in Massachusetts is encouraging students to report one another if they violate public health protocols. Boston College students are exhorted to inform school authorities if any infractions of guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19 occur. Minor violations such as improper mask-wearing can also be reported.
The college has redesigned its student conduct reporting form to facilitate documentation and review of health protocol infractions. Under normal circumstances, it would be used to report serious violations that went against the college’s code of conduct. School authorities can be made aware of physical violence, hazing, theft, gambling and drug use through the form.
However, it can now be used to report students who do not comply with the college’s protocols to curb the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. It now has additional space for such violations, which include improper mask wearing and non-compliance with social distancing.
Face mask infractions in the form are subdivided into different tiers. Lower-tier violations include refusing to wear a mask after being told to do so and refusing to wear a disposable mask offered by someone else. Repetitive refusal to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines fall under higher-tier infractions.
According to Boston College‘s student code of conduct, students can “be subject to a range of disciplinary actions” – including suspension or expulsion from campus dormitories – if they refuse to comply. Students living off-campus might also lose their chance to apply for any in-campus accommodation. The college’s new policy on COVID-19 “supersedes any policies that were previously in effect … and other prior communications,” the code of conduct stated.
The private college based in Newton, Massachusetts is not the only higher education institution to take coronavirus health protocols seriously. Boston University also implemented a similar measure, even setting up a hotline for anyone to report infractions. The university claimed it received almost 200 calls during its first month of operation. It noted that Saturdays have been the busiest for the hotline. (Related: Massive backlash forces Michigan university to back down from enforcing medical device to monitor coronavirus symptoms.)
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A similar instance occurred in another Massachusetts university, which led to some students being sent home over COVID-19 protocol violations. Northeastern University in Boston dismissed 11 freshmen in September 2020 for violating university guidelines on mass gatherings. The 11 students staying in the city’s Westin Hotel were part of the N.U.in program for first-year students.
The university said in a statement that two staff members discovered the students congregating in one of the hotel rooms. The staff members obtained the students’ information and answered any questions they had. Afterward, the students were told to await follow-up emails and sent back to their rooms.
The 11 freshmen and their parents were subsequently informed to vacate the Westin Hotel within 24 hours and leave Northeastern University for the rest of the fall semester. They were also instructed to submit to COVID-19 testing and quarantine measures.
Furthermore, the parents of the 11 students were told their payment for the N.U.in program will not be refunded per its guidelines. However, they were made aware of their right to contest the dismissal in a formal hearing. The university also told them that their children were permitted to return during the spring semester.
Meanwhile, parents in New Hampshire – just above Massachusetts – began a petition to relax coronavirus restrictions. Parents of Dartmouth College students have gathered hundreds of signatures demanding looser campus restrictions during the winter term. The institution’s paper The Dartmouth reported that parents cited “a lack of social spaces” and “harsh consequences for violating COVID-19 policies” as reasons for starting the petition.
The parents’ demands included allowing students to visit other dormitories in campus and opening more public spaces. It also called for a “graduated scale” of penalties for violations of COVID-19 protocols instead of a “zero tolerance” policy. Under the “zero-tolerance” policy, students who violate health measures in campus are removed for the rest of the year.
The petition and its demands followed Dartmouth College revoking on-campus privileges for students who violated COVID-19 policies during the fall term. (Related: Planning to return to college this fall? You may be forced to get a flu shot, followed by a coronavirus shot.)