Purdue gave 14 students, including 13 student-athletes, until Wednesday to clear out of their residence hall rooms after being suspended, accused of having a party that violated the university’s coronavirus-era Protect Purdue Pledge, the dean of students announced Monday.
Dean of Students Katie Sermersheim did not name the students, where they lived or which sports the student-athletes play. Purdue athletics issued a statement saying the 13 are "out-of-season student-athletes." The university also did not say whether the students were among the 801 who had tested positive for COVID-19 on campus since Aug. 1.
In a release issued by Purdue, Sermersheim said University Residences staff found the group having a party in a campus dorm on Saturday. She said they were summarily suspended from the university. She said the students would have a chance to appeal.
The suspensions were the second round reported on the West Lafayette campus – and the first since before classes started Aug. 24 – after Purdue President Mitch Daniels installed the Protect Purdue Pledge into the university’s student code.