Should You Host/Attend a Sorority/Fraternity Party Amid COVID-19?

07 September, 2020


This is a rhetorical question--the answer is NO!

Many clusters of COVID-19 cases connected to fraternity parties are spiking at campuses across the nation. It is a challenge for colleges and universities, since preventing large gatherings or parties has proven difficult.

Earlier in the summer, the University of Washington, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Mississippi reported novel coronavirus disease 2019 cases from fraternity parties.

Health officials at the state Department of Health and Human Services are investigating a potential outbreak of COVID-19 that has been traced to a Theta Chi fraternity party at the University of New Hampshire. UNH officials said more than 100 people, including students, attended the August 29th event and only a few wore face masks or coverings. 11 people linked to the party have tested positive for the virus.

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Consequences

New York University

According to CNN, "The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Notre Dame have had to transition to virtual classes, at least for a time, after cases cropped up days into the semester. New York University and Northeastern University have suspended students found to have participated in gatherings that violate safety protocols."

UNH said it would pursue student conduct charges against the organizers as well as those who went to the party, and that the Theta Chi fraternity has been suspended. However, in a silver-lining message to the campus community, the university's president said that the "overwhelming majority" of students were abiding by safety measures in place.

Works Cited

Kaur, Harmeet. "Coronavirus Cluster Linked to a University of New Hampshire Frat Party, State Says." CNN, Cable News Network, 7 Sept. 2020, www.cnn.com/2020/09/07/us/university-new-hampshire-frat-party-covid-cluster-trnd/index.html.

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