“This is what we are trying to prevent. We want to keep this city open,” the officer said.
Six Miami University students living in the house received subpoenas, a civil penalty, which includes a $ 500 fine each but no criminal charges.
Colleges and universities nationwide have struggled to crack down on big parties, despite strict rules and harsh consequences as schools try to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Last week, Northeastern University in Boston fired 1
The confrontation with the students of the University of Miami took place on Saturday around 4:00 pm. In addition to the students on the lawn, more than 10 others were inside the house, one of the residents can be heard telling the officer.
In the camera footage of the body, the officer ordered visitors to clear out as he checked students’ identity documents in the police system.
“I’ve never seen him before,” the officer said, greeting the student. “Is there an input on the computer for which you tested positive for covid?”
“Yes,” said the student. “This was, um, a week ago.”
The officer asked if he should be quarantined, to which the student replied that he was at his home and that everyone living in the house also tested positive for covid-19.
“But do you have other people here and are you positive for covid? See the problem?” Said the officer.
The student said that some of the visitors also tested positive.
The officer sighed. “You are not in quarantine if you mix with other people,” he said.
Miami University did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Tuesday, the school announced that it will resume classes in person starting September 21, and that all students moving into on-campus housing, which will start through a step-by-step process during the week of September 14, are required to take a covid test. -19.
Over the Labor Day weekend, the university reported 159 new student coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,037, the WCPO reported, in a school with nearly 20,000 students. So far, the state of Ohio has had more than 134,000 cases of covid-19 and there have been more than 4,300 deaths, according to the Washington Post’s coronavirus tracker.
“The Upperclassmen have come back,” Miami University President Gregory Crawford told WCPO. “Those early weekends in August we saw an increase in parties and gatherings.”
Other large universities, which have had students on campus for weeks now, have had a hard time keeping students from holding large meetings. The University of Alabama, which has had more than 2,000 positive cases, issued 639 individual penalties to students as of Thursday and 33 students have been suspended, according to the Associated Press. There have been more than 135,000 cases in the state, according to The Post’s tracker.
Despite having a comprehensive plan that included testing students twice a week and an app to follow them, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was unable to stop students, including those who tested positive, from celebrating, it did. reported the New York Times. From the first day of class in late August, the school has registered more than 400 new cases, according to a university press release earlier this month.
“If you know you’re positive and go to a party, it’s not just a bad act,” Ahmed E. Elbanna, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the university, told the Times. “It’s very, very dangerous.”