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Students partying at the University of Delaware face immediate suspension and possible expulsion if caught violating the city of Newark’s social gathering ordinance.

Students partying at the University of Delaware face immediate suspension and possible expulsion if caught violating the city of Newark’s social gathering ordinance.

The news comes in a recent letter to students addressing the new policy. In the letter, the university states that, “Those alleged to be hosting an unlawful gathering will be placed on emergency suspension, resulting in being barred from campus until the issue is resolved; those who attend unlawful gatherings also will be sanctioned and can expect deferred suspension, suspension or expulsion, as circumstances dictate.”

The city of Newark’s social gathering ordinance prohibits indoor gatherings of more than 12 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 20. Violation of this for students will result in a $100 – $500 fine from the city, up to 20 hours of community service, and a referral to the office of student conduct.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise on campus. The university recorded 34 new cases last Thursday. This is the highest number of new cases in one day, according to The Newark Post.

Originally Written by Matthew Marsilii (Digital Content Intern)