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CU Boulder reports increase in student suspensions, discipline tied to public health orders


University of Colorado Boulder suspended nine additional students for not following coronavirus public health measures and saw an increase in student discipline overall, according to a Wednesday update on the campus’s coronavirus dashboard.

Twenty-four students have been suspended from CU Boulder for the remainder of the semester and will need to reapply to attend in the future. As of this week there are 30 students on active interim exclusion from campus, meaning they can’t be on campus until a conduct hearing is complete. There are 41 students on active interim suspension who can’t attend any classes until their conduct hearings are complete.

Interim suspensions are at their highest weekly total since the university began reporting discipline data in late September, and interim exclusions are at their second-highest.

The additional suspensions reported Wednesday are likely tied to events that happened more than two weeks ago, said spokesperson Deborah Mendez Wilson. Student conduct cases can take three weeks or longer to process in order to give students time to consult with advisers and go through case files.

“New active interim suspensions and exclusions were either a result of a student hosting or attending a large gathering or party last week or over the Halloween weekend or for failing to abide by isolation requirements,” Wilson said in an email.

The Boulder Police Department issued at least 22 citations for violating public health orders or nuisance parties and broke up eight parties, most on University Hill, on Friday and Saturday. The gatherings took place in defiance of public health orders that limit large gatherings and amid a sharp increase in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Boulder County.

The university begins conduct proceedings when there are cases reported to the office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, including students identified in Boulder police reports.

“Most of our students are adhering to the latest public health guidance, and we applaud them for making good choices,” Wilson said.

The campus also reported four positive coronavirus tests and eight campus isolation spaces in use. CU Boulder conducted 1,006 monitoring tests and 84 diagnostic tests on Tuesday.