HANNOVER, NH (WCAX) – It’s day two of Dartmouth College students moving in, and officials say some students are already breaking COVID promises they’ve agreed to.
When new students arrive on campus, the first thing they do, before they are tested for Covid-19, is sign a code of conduct for the fall semester, which stipulates not to go to big parties.
It’s not exactly how aspiring freshmen envisioned their freshman year of college. “The obvious things are, I’m not going to hang out with people, there will be a lot less social events, the classes will be different, but at the same time I can still be here and at least have some kind of experience,” said newbie Christian Caballero.
Fellow students are already putting this experience at risk. Twenty-three Tuck School of Business graduates who were on campus that summer were recently caught hanging out in a dormitory. The behavior of the students will be checked and all could face disciplinary action.
The Phi Delta Alpha Brotherhood has been suspended because of possible multiple policy violations. Two students linked to a Brotherhood incident in late August were sent home and were unable to enroll in on-campus courses for the remainder of the academic year.
“It kind of sucks that I can’t go to a couple of frat parties, but when you look at it on a large scale – four years of college experience – I feel like I’m fine,” said Josephine Kim, a student at first year from Alabama. She says she is in favor of Dartmouth’s zero tolerance approach. “I’m really glad that Dartmouth is very strict on the guidelines and I’m glad we got on campus at all,” said Kim.
“What I think is a little unrealistic is to believe that the students stick to it 100%. Because there will always be one or two people who choose to become the rebel, ”said Christian Caballero, a freshman from Texas.
But others, like Senior Hailey Ricciardi, say the strict rules may be part of the problem. “I think the students will find their sneaky ways of trying to lie and cheat and bypass the rules, and I think the only thing you will do is make the children go in, which.” in the end for everyone in school is going to be worse in the long run, “she said.
Students say their biggest fear is that a few bad apples might end up spoiling the pile. Classes are scheduled to begin on September 14th.
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