By adamg on Fri, 09/04/2020 - 4:43pm
Northeastern University reports the 11 were found in a one room Wednesday night in violation of the school's Covid-19 regulations, which ban such fraternization.
The room was on one of the floors at the Westin Hotel in Copley Square that Northeastern had rented to try to space out students who wanted to be in Boston for college this year:
The students (and their parents) were notified Friday that they must vacate the Westin within 24 hours. Before departing, they were required to undergo COVID-19 testing at Northeastern, with the understanding that anyone who tests positive will be moved into wellness housing at the university until they have recovered, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The students have been informed that they are no longer part of the Northeastern community for the fall semester. They have the right to contest their dismissal at an expedited hearing.
The students were among the 818 freshmen who had originally signed up for study abroad but whom the university agreed to provide space for in Boston after the pandemic made studying abroad impossible.
As part of its Covid-19 preparations, Northeastern enacted regulations that including banning guests in dorm rooms - even including other people on the same floor.