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15 BYU Students Disciplined For Refusing To Follow COVID Guidelines

PROVO, Utah – Fifteen students at Brigham Young University have been disciplined for failing to follow COVID-19 safety requirements.

Disciplinary measures include “suspension or restrictions from on-campus participation, such as classes, work or in-person campus services,” university officials said.

“BYU has repeatedly & urgently asked members of our campus community to please be intentional right now to keep themselves and our community safe,” officials said in a tweet Monday. “We’ve been clear that in order for this semester on campus to work, it will take a concerted effort from all of us, working together. We will continue to collaborate with state, county & city officials, as well as @UVU, to encourage compliance w/ health and safety guidelines.”

The announcement came after state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said Utah has seen four days of more than 500 new COVID-19 cases, and almost 40% of those cases were reported in Utah County.

“We are experiencing a clear upward trend in case counts right now,” Dunn said in a statement. ” … Since last Friday, 39% of all new cases have come from Utah County, this despite the fact that Utah County’s population represents just 20% of the state’s population. Most of these cases are among 14-24 year olds, and the majority of those are among college-aged young adults.”

Multiple large parties have been held in Orem and Provo this month, and Aislynn Tolman-Hill, public information officer for the Utah County Department of Health, said they have already seen positive cases tied to those events.

“There’s pictures online of people not social distancing, people not wearing masks, and those really go directly against all of those guidelines that we see,” Toman-Hill said. “Which is definitely a concern for the population that is attending those events, as well as the greater population here in Utah County.”

The Provo City Council approved an ordinance requiring face masks at certain indoor and outdoor events, overriding Mayor Michelle Kaufusi’s veto on August 27.

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