Western University investigating 100 students after weekend of parties
One hundred students at Western Unviersity in London, ON are being investigating after campus police had to break up parties in university residences over the weekend.
The parties reportedly took place on Saturday night which is the same night that a large street bash, known as Fake Homecoming of FoCo, usually takes place.
While the typically packed street party never took place this year due to COVID-19 crackdowns, gatherings in residences happened instead.
"Overall, it appears the majority of students acted responsibly on Saturday, both on and off campus," Chris Alleyne, associate vice-president of Housing and Ancillary Services, wrote in a statement.
"However, we are disappointed in the behaviour of some students in residence that required Campus Community Police Service attendance Saturday night."
London Police Service was not involved with the incident, however the students involved could face sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct - which includes expulsion - for endangering the safety of others.
Western is the first university in Canada to report a major COVID-19 outbreak as at least 68 students tested positive for the infection.
The university has also been linked to community outbreaks following a house party on Huron Street and a party at Lost Love Social House, a popular student bar.
Students from Western University are seen ignoring social distance rules and gathered in large groups - 📹 abbys33 https://t.co/ScjES4PHll #London #Ontario #Western #WesternUniversity pic.twitter.com/McWG0mDPAx— blogTO (@blogTO) September 17, 2020
"The safety of our students and the London community is a top priority for Western and it is crucial we follow government and public health guidelines," Alleyne continued, adding that students who did party on Saturday should get tested.
"The pandemic continues and we must remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19."
Pretty sure they are the reason we are in this mess in London and the assessment centres are at capacity!— PhillyGirl33 (@TanC33) September 26, 2020
Earlier this month, other Ontario universities announced strict measures against students who break COVID-19 rules and restrictions. This includes Queen's University in Kingston who will also use their code of conduct to ensure the safety of others.
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