RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — As college students return to campus during the pandemic, how will colleges make sure they’re following the rules?
The University of Richmond sent students a letter warning of them of severe punishment if they don’t follow rules set forth by the university.
The letter said if students violate COVID-19 rules they could be suspended or face eviction from campus.
The school’s vice president said students won’t get several warnings, instead, the letter should serve as their official reminder.
As first-year students start moving in tomorrow, the university had them sign a contract vowing to keep safety a priority.
If a student has a gathering on campus they could be evicted for the rest of the year. They could face punishments as well.
Vice President of Student Affairs Steve Bisese said these actions put the entire campus at risk.
Similar actions are also being enforced at Virginia Commonwealth University.
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, the university is requiring a COVID-19 test for students when they come to campus. They are also asking students to monitor their symptoms before they return to campus.
One rising sophomore, who did not want to be identified by name, thinks the warning will help encourage students to social distance.
“I already feel a little bit of pressure, like, I’m going to stay right here because I don’t want to get evicted,” she said.
However, she thinks the idea that all students will follow the rules is “wishful thinking.”
“I see what their motivation is, but at the same time, you know why people are planning to come back to school. People want to come back so they can be in this environment and that means they want to be around their friends,” the student said.
Other violations of the school’s guidelines could lead to students being put on probation. “I don’t really see, once everyone gets back, how it’s going to be possible to actually watch everybody,” said the student.
The university is currently in the “code red” stage of its COVID-19 response. Click here to learn more.
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