Large party at East Carolina University shut down: campus police

Large party at East Carolina University shut down: campus police
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A party with around 400 people was shut down at East Carolina University on its opening weekend, according to university police. 

The large gathering was one of at least 20 parties shut down for violating state coronavirus orders that ban large gatherings, university police department head Lt. Chris Sutton told McClatchy News

Sutton said most of the parties took place Aug. 6 to 9. Students started arriving at residence halls on Aug. 5, before classes started on Monday, according to a university release

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“It’s a difficult time for everyone,” Sutton told McClatchy. “We’ve really had to change policing methods over the last several weeks due to different events across our country and now we’re having to wrestle with a pandemic since our students have returned to campus.”

In addition to the parties that were shut down, 80 liquor violations in residence halls were reported to police by campus housing authorities, the newspaper reported. The head of university police said those were likely underage alcohol violations and did not involve law enforcement. 

He said the number of parties and alcohol violations was “reasonable” and “manageable” compared to past opening weekends at the university. 

“One [gathering of close to 400 people] over a four-day period and all the rest are between 25 and 50 — then, right now for our fight against COVID and keeping the numbers down, I’m calling that a win,” he told McClatchy. 

The school has reported 28 confirmed coronavirus cases among students and two among employees. The cases do not include individuals who may have confirmed cases but have not reported to campus in the past 14 days or individuals who are self-quarantining without a confirmed diagnosis.