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University of Missouri expels, suspends students for violating COVID-19 rules

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 14:09:54-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — University of Missouri officials announced they are following through with disciplinary threats when it comes to violating COVID-19 policies at the school.

As of Tuesday afternoon, two students have been expelled and three suspended for "willful and knowing actions that threatened the safety" of the college and Columbia communities.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Bill Stackman also said that 11 campus organizations are under investigation for violating COVID-19 policies at the university.

"It all comes down to this: Think beyond yourselves — consider the impact of your behavior on others and the Mizzou community," Stackman said in an email sent to students and staff.

The vice chancellor cited parties and other blatant violations as reasons for disciplinary action.

Stackman also warned students that the ability to be on campus through fall and in the spring, school athletics and commencement all rely on students doing their part to keep themselves and others safe.

Boone County, where Columbia is located, has seen a steady increase in positive COVID-19 cases since students returned to the area.

The most recent week of data from the county showed a positivity rate of 24.1%.

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