UVA Probes Possible Super Spreader Parties

Nov 20, 2020

The University of Virginia is investigating reports of student gatherings in violation of rules issued during the pandemic, and those parties could mean suspensions and a loss of credit for the semester.

UVA Dean of Students Allen Groves warned of possible suspensions if students attended gatherings of more than 15 people.
Credit UVA

Shortly before school began, Dean of Students Allen Groves outlined three requirements for those attending classes at UVA.  Wear a mask in public places, stay at least six feet away from others and refuse to join gatherings of more than 15 people.

“A suspension for violating these required public health norms will be immediate and for the full semester at a minimum with no opportunity to continue your courses in person or online.”

But this week, as students prepare to head home for the holidays, UVA has received reports of large parties near campus and at a winery in Albemarle County. 

Some students think it’s their health and their decision, but Groves had warned that the University sees things differently.

“In a pandemic, one person’s bad decision has a direct impact on the health and safety of others.  That’s why this is so important.”

Groves said he hoped these gatherings were not the super spreader events UVA has tried hard to avoid.

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