WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Dozens of Purdue students are facing suspension after a party held at a co-op. According to a released statement from Tim Doty, Director of Public Information and Issues Management, The Circle Pines Cooperative and the attendees of an August 19-20 event at its house received summary suspensions for violating the Protect Purdue Pledge.
Dr. Katie Sermersheim, Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students released the following statement:
"Purdue University has been clear and consistent with our messaging to students about the Protect Purdue Plan and the expectations they would need to follow if they made the decision to be on campus this fall. Unfortunately, everything we have done – the months of planning to give our students the opportunity to continue their educational pursuits in person – can be undone in the blink of an eye – with just one party or event that does not follow the rules and guidelines."
"We will continue to call upon our entire university community – faculty, staff, and students – to honor and embrace all aspects of the Protect Purdue plan in order to help us all meet our collective health responsibilities. We are social creatures and yearn for human interactions and engagement with one another – no one is denying that. We are just asking that we put on hold large gatherings in confined spaces until this global pandemic can be better understood and controlled. Until such time, students must find lower risk activities in which to connect with one another or run the risk of a code violation."
The students and organization may appeal the interim suspension. The intimate decision will be made after a full hearing.