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Responsibilities and Consequences

Dear Vols,

We have just completed our first weekend since classes started last week. While most Volunteers are working hard to protect themselves, their friends, and our community during a time of pandemic, some are not.

Today we initiated disciplinary proceedings against four students for violating the Student Code of Conduct by endangering the health, safety, and welfare of others—three by hosting off-campus gatherings with no social distancing or consistent mask use, and a fourth who indicated that they knew they were COVID-19 positive but had knowingly left self-isolation to gather with others off campus. If the facts reported to the university are accurate, these students will face at least suspension from the university, and potentially greater penalties.

I communicated last week that students who do not comply with the Student Code of Conduct as it relates to keeping people safe in a pandemic will be held accountable for their actions. As a member of the university community, you are responsible for knowing and complying with the code.

The majority of our students continue to take COVID-19 safety precautions seriously—you are making sacrifices and leading like Volunteers in a difficult time. I believe we can do this. I believe in Volunteers.

Donde Plowman
Chancellor