WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Relatively speaking, a handful of Purdue students – 84 individuals – face disciplinary action for failing to comply twice with the university’s mandatory COVID-19 test, according to a statement from Purdue.
Through Purdue’s own vaccination statistics and the Journal & Courier’s reporting, the majority of students and staff at Purdue are complying with its mask and COVID-19 testing mandates. However, that is apparently not true for every student and staff member.
According to a release from Purdue, 84 students are receiving disciplinary action for uncooperative behavior in regards to COVID-19 surveillance testing after an initial warning.
During the first week of testing, over 700 students were found to be out of compliance. Continuous communication between these students and the university resulted in the vast majority of those students updating their required vaccine documentation or submitting their required COVID-19 test.
To those 84 who have failed to comply with the university’s standards twice now, a pending third infringement will result in suspension.
“As this pandemic persists, we have a shared responsibility to do our part in taking the necessary steps to protect ourselves, others and the community – and that means getting the vaccine and verifying that status or participating in campus COVID-19 testing,” Jay Akridge, Purdue provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, said.
“That choice was made clear for our students, faculty and staff through the tenets of the Protect Purdue Pledge, and that choice came with consequences that have been clearly communicated to our entire Boilermaker community.”
According to the release, disciplinary action ranges from written warnings to suspensions.
An additional 214 staff members have been reported as noncompliant with the university’s required surveillance testing as well. If a staff member has repeat offenses against the school’s guidelines, they will face disciplinary actions
Now three weeks into the academic school year, 82 percent of the Purdue community is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The overall positivity rate is 1.51 percent, according to the Protect Purdue COVID-19 Dashboard.
“We thank everyone who has registered their vaccination status, as well as those who are responding to the call to be routinely tested for COVID-19,” Eric Barker, dean of the College of Pharmacy and leader of the Protect Purdue Health Monitoring and Surveillance team, said.
“They are truly taking steps to protect Purdue. Each day brings a new challenge, but we are encouraged by the strides we are making together at the start of this new school year.”