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Northeastern University fires 11 students for violating social distancing guidelines



The university announced that the students were part of the NUin program, an international experience for first-year students. The program was changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Over 800 students live in two-person rooms at a Westin hotel less than 1 mile from the school’s main campus in Boston, Massachusetts.

The 11 students were found together in a room at the Westin on Wednesday evening, the school said. The students and their parents were told on Friday that they had to leave the hotel within 24 hours and that they had to undergo Covid-19 tests in the northeast.

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“Northeastern and its student, faculty and staff community take health and safety protocol violations very seriously,” said Madeleine Estabrook, senior vice chancellor, student affairs for Northeastern. “Working together and following public health guidelines is imperative … a negative COVID-19 test is not enough.”

Northeastern said NUin students were told several times last week to practice social distancing, avoid crowds and wear masks when with other people.

Estabrook also released a letter in August saying that students who do not adhere to the university’s Covid-19 rules “can expect removal from the community, including immediate loss of university housing”.

Students have the right to appeal their dismissal in an expedited hearing, the school said.

The layoffs of students from the northeast come as colleges and universities across the country try to deal with the coronavirus. Many schools are switching from in-person tuition to online learning after hundreds of students test positive for Covid-19.

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