Purdue suspends 14 students accused of throwing a party amid pandemic
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Purdue University suspended 14 students this week who allegedly threw a party amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Thirteen of the students are student athletes. The group was suspended after “University Residences staff discovered the group having a party in a residence hall on Saturday,” according to a Monday statement from the school.

Katie Sermersheim, Purdue’s associate vice provost and dean of students, called on students to continue taking health precautions as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

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“This virus continues to be the demise of many universities and academic pursuits,” she said in the Monday statement. “The majority of our students are behaving admirably in following the Pledge and helping protect the Purdue community. For that, we are grateful, but we cannot let our guard down and must hold those who violate our community standards accountable.”

The Indiana school instituted a “Protect Purdue Pledge” as a condition of admissions for the fall semester. The pledge calls on students to practice social distancing, wear face masks and coverings and more to allow the campus to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group of students will have until Wednesday to vacate their campus residences.

The incident is not the first time the university has suspended students who attended gatherings and failed to follow health precautions. Thirty-six students were suspended last month after taking part in a gathering held by the Circle Pines Cooperative, a fraternity-like organization unique to Purdue's campus.

The Circle Pines Cooperative was also ordered to suspend operations.

Colleges across the country have grappled with reopening campuses during the pandemic and whether to offer in-person courses, online courses or a hybrid model.