Report: Several Middlebury College students booted from campus for violating virus guidelines

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Several Middlebury college students have been asked to leave the campus for violating the school’s coronavirus policy, according to a report by the school’s newspaper, the Middlebury Campus.

Nighttime gatherings that exceed 10 people, sometimes without masks, have taken place in the past week, and Residential Life workers have reported large gatherings of students on Battell beach and near the school’s baseball field, The Campus said.

Dean of Students Derek Doucet said several students have already been asked to leave campus while more are awaiting appeals for violating the guidelines. In an email to The Campus, he said “we’re taking a firm stance on COVID violations which expose the community to elevated levels of potential risk.”

Doucet said Middlebury’s mandatory testing for students has yielded just two positive results so far. But he urged students and staff to continue following the guidelines and other behaviors to reduce the threat of an outbreak.

Enforcing Middlebury’s virus guidelines has largely fallen to other students — Residential Life workers and orientation leaders. They have been charged are charged with enforcing mask-wearing, social distancing and gathering sizes

“Their job is not an easy one and we all owe them a debt of gratitude,” Doucet said. 

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