Students and staff react after St. Bonaventure suspends 21 students for violating COVID compact

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ALLEGANY, N.Y. (WIVB)– A total of 21 students have been suspended from St. Bonaventure University Saturday for violating the school’s COVID health and safety protocols.

Two off-campus house parties were held in the village of Allegany Friday night violating social distancing policies the university put out in the compact students had to sign upon the start of school last month.

“I`m extremely disappointed,” said Dr. Dennis R. DePerro, university president in a statement. “I know because I see it with my eyes as I walk around campus every day, that the vast majority of our students are complying with the safety standards we need to abide by to allow us to finish the in-person portion of the semester on Nov. 24. These students need to realize they are jeopardizing not only the completion of our semester on campus but more importantly, the health of our campus community.”

St Bonaventure University spokesman Tom Missel says it was social media posts about two Friday night parties off-campus in the Village of Allegany which led the school to suspend 21 students. They are temporarily banned from campus. It’ll be up to their individual professors to decide if they can continue classes.

“The professors aren’t obligated to accommodate them. They are encouraged to accommodate them if they can and frankly it’s usually easier for professors to just keep working with them if they can as opposed to having to catch up after a couple weeks off,” said St Bonaventure University spokesman Tom Missel.

St. Bonaventure has about 2,300 students and staff combined. Since August first they’ve have had eight cases of Covid but only one of them is still an active case.

A month ago, 28 students were suspended in September for an on-campus party at the Garden Apartments.

“I think it’s good they’re learning their lesson . I mean we’re all trying to have fun but you have to be safe at the same time. This is serious. I mean, I’m a senior and I don’t want my senior year to leave and be ruined,” said Katie Creary, a St. Bonaventure University student.

” To me the most encouraging thing is that other students have emailed the President saying ‘Thank you fir being vigilant because we don’t want to go home. That’s the last thing they want to do,”Missel said.

George Richert is an award-winning reporter who first joined the News 4 team in 1998, later returning in 2018. See more of his work here.

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