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Hundreds of U of I students disciplined so far for COVID-19 violations

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - University of Iowa officials say there have been 664 reports of students disobeying the university's COVID-19 Student Expectations Agreement since the semester began on August 24.

The pledge, available here, asks students to do things like wear face coverings on campus and around Iowa City, maintain six feet of distance from others when possible, and cooperate with quarantining and contact tracing procedures.

Of the 664 complaints filed through Oct. 9, 246 have resulted in disciplinary actions from the university:

  • 126 students found not social distancing
  • 72 students found not wearing face coverings
  • 44 students violating the "one guest at a time" policy at residence halls
  • 4 students not following quarantine/isolation time requirements

The university says some of these violations are for things that happened off-campus. The student conduct agreement says following these guidelines throughout Iowa City is important to "limit exposure for all our campus community."

Five students are on disciplinary probation for their actions and six are on interim suspension, according to an update from the university last week.

Many students received a mark on their record, others had to take a "bystander course" or got a warning.

2,065 students have self-reported a positive COVID-19 test to the university this semester.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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