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College Boots 11 Freshmen, Says Refunds Won't Happen

Northeastern U students violated COVID policies
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 6, 2020 7:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Northeastern University has dismissed 11 freshman students for the fall semester for violating campus social distancing guidelines after they were discovered in the same hotel room, per the AP. And it gets worse for them: The school says the students are not eligible to get a refund of the estimated $36,000 they paid for the semester, reports BuzzFeed. The students were given 24 hours to leave the Boston campus and were ordered to undergo COVID-19 tests, the university said in a statement. It said any who test positive would be moved into isolated wellness housing rather than sent home, to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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Northeastern said the 11 people, whose names were not released, were part of an international experience for first-year students. It said they were among more than 800 students housed in two-person rooms at the Westin Hotel not far from the main campus. The university said students in the program had been formally notified multiple times over the past week that they needed to practice physical distancing, avoid crowds, and wear masks when around others. Staff members discovered the 11 jammed into the hotel room Wednesday night, officials said. The students are entitled to appeal the penalties.

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