Weekly Compliance Report: September 25
The numbers show that most students are remaining vigilant—but one Romeo and Juliet learned the consequences of breaking quarantine
A contagious virus, nasal swabs, quarantines, social distancing, masks, and everything else that comes with COVID-19 don’t exactly add up to a recipe for romance.
That’s the backdrop to why two BU students are not allowed on campus for the rest of the semester. They live off campus, separately, and both were in quarantine after being identified as close contacts of someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. But wanting to connect in person, rather than on Facetime, they went down their respective fire escapes, broke quarantine, got reported, and that was the end of that.
“When you break quarantine, and leave your space, you endanger others,” Kenneth Elmore (Wheelock’87), associate provost and dean of students, says of the pair. “Does it break my heart? Yes. Absolutely. I’m about love like everybody else.” But, he adds, these are unusual times. “You’re undoing all the hard work others are doing to keep the campus safe.”
As for the majority of the BU community, Elmore says he’s pleased with how students are complying overall. Just 5 students are one warning away from being banned on campus for violating protocols, the number of reports of people not wearing masks rose from 3 to 10, and very few students (4 since September 1) have required assistance because of excessive alcohol, down from 27 for the same period the year before. “We are not seeing blowout parties of 100 people,” Elmore says.
One big challenge is looming. Cooler temperatures will move students indoors more, where masks are especially critical. “Hopefully they adjust,” Elmore says. “But overall, I’m pretty pleased.”
|Current #||Last Week #||Description|
|12,159||7,685||Warnings issued for not submitting daily attestations|
|614||307||Warnings issued for missing or failing to schedule COVID-19 tests|
|10||3||Reports of students failing to pull up their mask when asked|
|4||2||Reports of students not social distancing in public|
|18||19||Reports of off-campus gatherings without face coverings|
|2||2||Reports of on-campus gatherings without face coverings|
|0||19||Students disciplined (meaning one more citation and they are suspended)|
|0||0||Reports of isolation / quarantine housing violations|
|3||3||Reports of guest violations|
|Week of Sep 14 to Sep 24|