By: Shanlon Wu
As colleges and universities resume this fall, some students are viewing their schools’ COVID-19 safety measures as guidelines instead of rules. Large gatherings and partying commenced on many college campuses the day students moved back in.
These gatherings can violate not only school rules but even local and state criminal laws imposed during COVID-19. Students who face both school accusations and criminal charges need to walk a careful line to protect their rights.
At Northeastern, a pre-move-in poll on Instagram that a student conducted showed many incoming freshmen intended to ignore COVID-19 safety measures and still host and attend parties.
The results of that survey led the university to send 115 students letters informing them that they were at risk for having their admission rescinded unless they complied with the new safety measures.
If the students refused to sign the letter the university sent agreeing to adhere to the strict rules against partying and large gatherings, they would not be able to attend the university this fall.