(NewsReady.com) – In March, three University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Amherst students took a photograph of themselves at an event off-campus. Someone shared that photo with school administrators and the girls were suspended. Why? Because they weren’t wearing masks.
Parents are fighting back after they say UMass Amherst kicked students out over a photo that showed them not wearing masks off-campus. https://t.co/WN5U8bgPy4
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UMass requires students to follow their public health guidelines both on and off-campus. The students appealed their suspensions, but lost. They were learning from school remotely before being reportedly locked out of virtual school and not allowed to sit for their finals, making the entire semester a total loss.
The parents of the students are fighting back against the suspensions. They say the school is not enforcing the rules equally and pointed out a video of the UMass Amherst Hockey Team celebrating their national championship win on campus. Some of the team’s players and other students were not wearing masks, but they weren’t suspended. And again, that was on campus.
Aside from the obvious fairness issue, one has to wonder just how much control over its students should the university have? These students were not on-campus or in an off-campus dorm owned by the school, so why is the school regulating their behavior? It seems like an incredible overreach.
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