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14 students suspended for violation of Protect Purdue Pledge

Purdue announced Monday the suspension of 13 student-athletes and one student after the group was discovered having a party in violation of the Protect Purdue Pledge.

Posted: Sep 28, 2020 3:48 PM
Updated: Sep 28, 2020 3:50 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue announced Monday the suspension of 13 student-athletes and one student after the group was discovered having a party in violation of the Protect Purdue Pledge. Katie Sermersheim, associate vice provost and dean of students issued the summary suspensions after University Residences staff discovered the group having a party in a residence hall on Saturday.

The University Code of Conduct states students who violate the requirements of the Protect Purdue Pledge can be subject to disciplinary action. Sermersheim reminded students to continue to follow the Protect Purdue Pledge and Purdue’s student Code of Conduct.

“This virus continues to be the demise of many universities and academic pursuits,” she said. “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 students have until Wednesday to leave their residence hall and may file an appeal of this interim action.

“On one hand, we are glad to have had only two of this type of incident in six weeks,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels, “but we will deal with any such violation with firmness. The fact that this episode involved student-athletes can make no difference. At Purdue, we have one set of rules for everyone.”

Further information on the student-athletes and their sport was not released.

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