Statesman: Boise State students who violate stay-home order could face eviction

Boise State University is threatening to evict students from campus apartments if they don’t abide by Gov. Brad Little’s stay-at-home directive, the Idaho Statesman reported Saturday.

The university outlined its position in an email to students Thursday, obtained by the Statesman.

“If you fail to follow these protocols, you put your roommates at risk. That is why failing to follow these social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home order is a violation of our community standards for housing and can result in the revocation of your university owned-housing agreement,” the email read. “In short, you will have to find another place to stay.”

Boise State has six known coronavirus cases, university spokesman Greg Hahn told the Statesman. While dormitories are closed, as part of a larger shutdown of campus facilities, students are still allowed to stay in campus housing, the Statesman reported.

The head of a nonprofit combatting homelessness questioned the university’s legal footing.

“(It) definitely seems tenuous, unless there is something in the lease which would allow them to do that,” Ali Rabe, executive director of Jesse Tree of Idaho, told the Statesman.

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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