Boise State suspends fraternities, students over large gatherings

(UPDATED, 6:52 p.m., with current Boise State case numbers.)

Boise State University has suspended three fraternities and 18 students in connection with large gatherings that violated university coronavirus policy.

The Pi Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi and Kappa Sigma fraternities received interim suspensions Friday, along with 18 students within and outside of the fraternities.

“Keeping campus open, safe and healthy has been our top concern, and we have educated our students about the risks associated with large gatherings. This included specific communication with students in our fraternities and sororities,” dean of students Chris Wuthrich said in a Friday news release. “The majority of our students are doing what is required of all of us — wearing facial coverings, practicing physical distancing and not planning or participating in large gatherings. But, in order to remain open, we must have the cooperation of all of our students. Students who do not comply with university policies and orders will face sanctions, including removal from campus.”

Boise State reopened for fall semester Monday, with a blend of face-to-face and online courses.

Boise State is reporting seven positive coronavirus tests since Saturday. Five of the university’s 115 isolation beds are in use, spokeswoman Sherry Squires said Friday.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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