University of Arizona urges students to socially distance, disciplinary actions could be put into place

UA leaders get strict on social distancing

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -The University of Arizona is hiring security to make sure students adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Dr. Richard Carmona, leading the university’s reentry task force, said expulsion won’t be out of the question for students—or organizations that don’t follow social distancing guidelines. They will “red tag” houses with repeat violations, barring them from having large gatherings. With close to 40 new positives over the weekend and other indications, the university has decided to keep class structures as they are—only essential courses in person—for at least the next week.

”We are asking, as the president said, even begging, our students please comply because for the privilege of being here, you have to help us. You are our greatest strength, but you are our greatest weakness if you don’t comply with these public health best practices,” Carmona said.

Officials at Arizona said in one week, they have had seven calls about five homes with large gatherings. The university has now seen more than 100 positive cases since the end of July. Wastewater epidemiology has found positive cases in four dorms - Coronado, Arizona-Sonora, Likens and Arbol de la Vida. The university is expecting more cases as the semester goes on.

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