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Purdue disciplines 84 students for failure to adhere to COVID-19 policy

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Purdue University on Friday said 84 students "are receiving disciplinary action" for failing to adhere to the school's "Protect Purdue" COVID-19 policies.

The university -- three weeks into the fall semester -- said those students received warnings, but still did not comply with protocols.

Officials noted that the 84 who were disciplined is a steep drop from the more than 700 students who were initially not in compliance. Those who rack up a third violation face suspension.

“As this pandemic persists, we have a shared responsibility to do our part in taking the necessary steps to protect ourselves, others and the community – and that means getting the vaccine and verifying that status or participating in campus COVID-19 testing,” Purdue Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity Jay Akridge said. “That choice was made clear for our students, faculty and staff through the tenets of the Protect Purdue Pledge, and that choice came with consequences that have been clearly communicated to our entire Boilermaker community.”

Before the start of the fall semester, students were given the choice to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and upload that documentation status to the Purdue vaccination portal or to participate in routine surveillance testing, which could be as frequently as weekly. 

The Office of the Dean of Students is handling all student violations for failure to participate in routine surveillance and targeted testing. Disciplinary actions range from warning to suspension for repeated violations. Full details on consequences for those who fail to participate in Protect Purdue surveillance testing are available online.

Additionally, 214 university employees have received an initial written warning for failure to meet requirements. Those who continue to violate the protocol may be terminated.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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