Boston College has altered its student conduct reporting form to include COVID-19-related concerns for even minor infractions, Peter Aitken of Fox News reported Friday.
The report form is to allow the college to review cases in which students may be observed breaching the code of conduct, according to Fox News. Such violations usually include physical violence, hazing, drug and underage alcohol consumption, theft, gambling and other serious crimes.
Now, the form also includes infractions for coronavirus safety measures, such as not properly wearing a mask or social distancing, per Fox News. Additionally, some infractions can compound for the same action, such as not socially distancing and then refusing to social distance.
BC’s Student Code of Conduct states that students could be suspended or dismissed from on-campus housing. Meanwhile, off-campus students can lose their chance to apply for any future campus housing.
The college does create a tiered system for infractions, but the reporting form lists face-mask infractions as “Person was wearing the mask incorrectly and would not fix it (ie, over their nose),” according to the Fox News report.
The burden of proof and the extent to which the college will act on such reports, however, is unclear.
BC is not the only university to in taking clamp down on coronavirus-related infractions. Boston University has implemented a “hotline” for infraction reports. In its first month, the university claimed it received nearly 200 calls.
New York University has also implemented a coronavirus infraction hotline.
However, the Fox News report notes that other universities have seen some backlash for such stringent policies.
At Dartmouth College, parents started a petition that garnered hundreds of signatures demanding the restrictions to be loosened during the winter term.
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