Classes have barely resumed for on-campus learning at Tulane University in New Orleans, and already they are in the middle of the second-largest jump in COVID cases to date. And university officials are not playing around with the health crisis.

After the school learned of recent huge gatherings at nearby bars and various off-campus parties, they have reinforced public health restrictions for students. University President Michael Fitts told NOLA.com that "All in-person student programs – including student organization events – outside of classes will be canceled, rescheduled or redesigned in light of these new restrictions." Students will now be asked to limit themselves to staying in their on-campus dormitories and off-campus residences when not actually in class, or at the dining hall. In addition, no visitors will be allowed in campus dormitories for the time being. Ouch.

Two of the Greek organizations, Alpha Epsilon Phi and Zeta Psi, who were suspended last week have already been reinstated according to university officials. But four others will remain on suspension temporarily for "reports of misconduct related to COVID-19 behavioral expectations." These include Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Chi.

Fitts has stated that he believes some students are responsible for the COVID numbers rising because they are partying in close contact with others, and ignoring the citywide mask mandate in New Orleans. He also said testing for students has been increased. And in a letter to the 13,600 students, Fitts said that even though most students are following rules and COVID guidelines, the ones that don't could face suspension, or even expulsion from the university.

 

 

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