Boston's Northeastern University has dismissed 11 first-year students who were found gathering in a room in violation of the school's social distancing rooms - and none of them will be getting their $36,500 semester fees back.
Northeastern announced that it had dismissed the students on Friday, less than two days after the students were caught in a room at the Westin Hotel, which the school has been using as a temporary dorm.
The school's spokesperson told the Boston Globe that the students - who were not named - were not wearing masks and not engaging in social distancing on Wednesday night.
Northeastern University in Boston dismissed 11 students found in a dorm room without masks or social distancing, in violation of school policy
The school said it had given students plenty of warning about policies involving wearing masks, social distancing and not gathering in groups, as seen in this handbook highlight
The students were found by school staffers who were making rounds in the building that night.
The students and their parents were told on Friday of Northeastern's decision to dismiss them and were given 24 hours to vacate their rooms at the Westin, where 818 students were being housed in two-person rooms as part of the college's social distancing measures.
Before they left, the students were forced to take coronavirus tests, 'with the understanding that anyone who tests positive will be moved into wellness housing at the university until they have recovered,' the school said in a post on its news website.
The Northeastern spokesperson said that the students will not be allowed to take classes remotely this fall and will not be eligible to get their $36,500 in tuition money or their housing costs refunded because they were part of a special, prepaid one-semester program.
The school's news site reported that students in the program - called N.U.in - were told multiple times over the past week that they needed to 'practice physical distancing, avoid crowds, and wear masks in the presence of other people.'
The students had to acknowledge that they had reviewed the program's handbook which clearly stated the school's expected coronavirus safety precautions.
The handbook states in part that 'there will be no guests, visitors, or additional occupants allowed in residential assigned bed spaces during this time; this includes neighbors within your residential building.'
The university has reported 23 positive coronavirus tests since it began keeping track on