Follow Clear Process When Disciplining Students Who Violate COVID-19 Protocols

A New York state court recently invalidated a private university’s suspension of three students for violating COVID-19 protocols because the court decided that the university did not provide advance notice to the students that discipline might occur for violations of the protocols.

The Off-Campus Gatherings and Disciplinary Sanctions

Several members of NYU’s track and field team allegedly attended or hosted one or more “small” gatherings of less than 15 people at private, off-campus apartments during summer break.

Three of the students were charged with violating university protocols because they had “attended a large gathering at an off-campus location without proper use of masks and social distance” and endangered the health and safety of themselves, others, the community, and/or the operation of NYU.

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