CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – Students at the University of Northern Iowa caught not abiding by certain public health guidelines could face disciplinary action all the way up to suspension from the university.
The move comes after Iowa State University threatened similar action last week. UNI and University of Iowa are following suit after video and pictures surfaces of students crowding into bars near campus the weekend before classes would start.
UNI will enter it's second week of classes with a student safety announcement from UNI President Mark Nook.
“Many of our students have shown their dedication to wearing masks, physically distancing, and following the Student Commitment and Acknowledgement of Risk. Unfortunately, the actions of some students during their time off-campus is causing significant concern about our ability to maintain the health and safety of our students, employees, and the surrounding communities. We know this is a community-wide problem, but we each must do our part to maintain public health and safety,” Nook wrote.
Nook said students are expected to abide by the commitment made to protect the health of the Panther community in their actions on and off campus. Students and others failing to following mask guidance and practice social distancing will be referred to the student conduct process.
“We remind you that UNI’s Student Conduct Code addresses “misconduct related to health, welfare and safety” of others. We can and will take action to hold students who fail to fulfill our commitment to public safety accountable, which can result in suspension from the university. We prefer to avoid a punitive approach, so we are appealing to your sense of community, of family. We are requesting your cooperation so that punitive actions are not needed,” he wrote.
Nook's full letter can be found here.