More than 1,100 students at the University of Miami in Ohio have tested positive for coronavirus since mid-August. But even after positive tests, a group of students were caught on camera, organizing a large home party over Labor Day weekend, violating quarantine rules.
An Oxford police officer arrived to break a home party over the weekend, violating capacity rules that currently allow no more than 10 people to gather. When police arrived at the house, several students were sitting on the porch, masked, drinking and listening to music.
Although they allowed 20 people into the house, the hosts of the party maintained that they were. According to footage from the body of the police officer̵
But after scanning the ID card of one of the students living in the house, he saw a note on his computer that the student had tested positive for COVID-19 just a week before.
“How many other people have COVID?” The officer asked.
“They all do,” the student replied, gesturing to his roommates. He added that some of the guests also had positive results.
“We’re trying to prevent that,” the officer said. “We want to keep this city open.”
Police fined six men – five living in the house and one visitor – $ 500 each.
“This particular case is admirable, but I think for the most part, in general, the students have behaved very well,” Lt. Lara Fenning of the Oxford Police Department told CBS News WKRC.
“Some residents came across the street who are also said to be positive for COVID,” Fening said. “We don’t know if anyone else in this party knew about the COVID-positive residents, because some of them left while the officer was there.”
The University of Miami said it was receiving violations from Oxford PD students. The school told CBS News it could not comment on a single case, but said any student who violated quarantine or isolation orders, including hosting a large meeting, would be subject to disciplinary action under the Code of Conduct for Students.
“We take these issues most seriously and students can be sent before removal or dismissal for this type of violation,” a university spokesman told CBS News on Friday.
The school announced this week that it will resume personal and hybrid classes on campus on Sept. 21, after a month of fully online classes. Students living on campus continue their phased placement from Monday.
All students returning to campus must be tested for coronavirus before moving to dormitories. In addition, face masks are required for all students and faculty and all activities outside the classroom with more than 10 participants are canceled or moved virtually.