PC suspends 17 students for violating COVID-19 Code of Conduct


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)–  Providence College has placed 17 students on interim suspension for violating the school’s COVID-19 Code of Conduct, a college spokesman confirmed with ABC6 Friday.

A letter to parents from PC president Rev. Kenneth Sicard did not go into detail about the nature of the violations, saying only that there were “significant violations of our established protocols by a number of students.”

Sicard said the students could face additional sanctions when they face a disciplinary hearing.

“I am deeply disappointed by the selfish behavior of these students who defiantly chose to ignore our COVID-19 Code of Conduct,” Sicard said in the letter. “While I find no joy in having to endorse such strong sanctions, I know they are necessary if we are going to have a successful fall semester.”

By being placed on interim suspension, the students are not allowed on campus until their disciplinary hearing, Steven Maurano, Associate Vice President of Public Affairs, Government and Community Relations said in an email.

Most students will have their hearing within the next three days, Maurano said.

Freshman students had returned to the campus on Monday, while upper classes had begun to return today.

“We have emphasized strongly that actions that endanger themselves and others during this pandemic will not be tolerated at Providence College,” Sicard said. “I know that, as a community, we are better than this.”

Sicard urged the “Providence College community to take individual responsibility for our collective success and to demonstrate how we care for one another.”

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020



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