This post originally written by WJBR Digital Production Intern, Elyse DiPisa. DiPisa is a sophomore Media Communications student at the University of Delaware from Montgomery County, PA. Along with being a Digital Content Intern for WJBR, Elyse also works for the university’s Student Television Network 49 News Program and as a tour guide for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
The University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team’s spring season came to an abrupt end this year after disciplinary sanctions were placed on the student-athletes for violating the university’s COVID-19 protocol.
The team attended a large social gathering indoors at an off-campus residence. This not only violated UD student COVID-19 regulations, but also the city of Newark’s Coronavirus gathering guidelines and UD’s student-athlete social pledge.
NEWS | Blue Hens Announce Suspensions Of Women's Lacrosse Student-Athletes— Delaware Women's Lacrosse (@DelawareWLax) April 1, 2021
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Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak said in a public statement recorded on the UD Blue Hens athletic website that “The health, safety, and well-being of our student-athletes and campus community are a priority at Delaware. We have spoken to our student-athletes at length about the protocols and guidelines that must be followed for us to provide a safe environment not only for the University but our community as well. We will continue to communicate with our student-athletes how important it is for them to honor the social pledge and stay disciplined in their choices.”
The University of Delaware has remained transparent about both Coronavirus safety guidelines and positive cases on campus. The school updates COVID-19 related information for students to be aware of via email as needed, and any other interested parties are able to view data on their website at https://www.udel.edu/home/coronavirus/dashboard/.
The city of Newark has also implemented COVID-19 health and safety guidelines since November of 2020, and UD students on Delaware’s main campus have been notified of these regulations since they were put into place. Indoor gatherings on campus and in the city in general are limited to 10 individuals, and outdoor gatherings at residences (without city permits) are capped at 20 individuals.
This student-athlete gathering resulted in the consequence of a six-week suspension and a cancellation of the team’s remaining lacrosse season.