SUNY Fredonia Suspended 13 Students for COVID-19 Violations
The State University of New York at Fredonia is not playing around regarding protecting its student and campus relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and has tentatively suspended 13 students for violating the school's policy regarding safe practices relevant to COVID-19. WGRZ is reporting that, according to the Fredonia COVID-19 Dashboard, 10 students have tested positive for COVID-19 as of this past Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
SUNY Fredonia has a policy that says it's a violation if there are anything students or staff are doing that "endangers others by disregarding public health precautions", there are consequences. 13 Fredonia students learned that the policy does not simply consist of frivolous words as they were suspended for not adhering to COVID-19 safety directives required by the school, according to WGRZ.
Here's a quote from the email which was distributed to all students, according to WGRZ News:
"Those who fail to respect their responsibility to our community during the pandemic will find that the student code of conduct and local governmental restrictions will be enforced."
Based on this email and the school's policies regarding protection during the pandemic, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras released the following statement on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, according to a WGRZ News report:
“Unfortunately, 13 SUNY Fredonia students have been suspended who clearly ignored COVID-19 safety protocols. Again, this is a small number of students—but their actions have a broader impact on the entire college community. I commend President Kolison on his immediate action. Most of our students understand the responsibility they have to their classmates, teachers, and the community at large. We will continue to send a collective message across SUNY that we will do everything in our power to stop a small fraction of students from ruining the fall semester for everyone else. And, with an aggressive pooled surveillance testing regimen developed at Upstate Medical University now being utilized at SUNY Fredonia, we will monitor the situation on campus and be prepared to take further actions if they are needed to keep the campus safe and contain this virus.”