Campus Reform | University encourages students to call cops on each other for breaking COVID-19 guidelines

University encourages students to call cops on each other for breaking COVID-19 guidelines

Even as many local governments ease their COVID restrictions, Santa Clara University urged students to report their friends for disobeying the county’s rules.

Students outed by their peers can face a $500 fine and suspension from the university.

Even as many local governments ease their COVID restrictions, Santa Clara University urged students to report their friends for disobeying the county’s rules.

Students outed by their peers can face a $500 fine and suspension from the university.

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In January, Vice Provost for Student Life Jeanne Rosenberger encouraged students to report “observed misconduct” from their peers, including not wearing masks. 

The university also asked students to contact the Santa Clara police about “behaviors in the neighborhood (i.e. plans for a large gathering) should call SCPD directly to make a report," urging them "all to do your part to stop the spread of the virus and protect our entire Santa Clara community."

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Students submitting a misconduct report are not required to disclose their name or contact information, allowing them to remain anonymous. But, the university said, “doing so is very helpful to the process.” 

Students found guilty of misconduct face serious repercussions. 

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“Students who are found to be responsible for hosting events on or off campus, participating in social gatherings in violation of the county order, or failing to abide by recommended isolation and quarantine recommendations are subject to a fine of $500 and suspension from the University. A student on suspension is not eligible to be enrolled at the university for a specified period of time.”

One group of students created an Instagram page dedicated to “pest control.” The bio reads, “coordinated snitching on the many a**holes  of Santa Clara.” 

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Santa Clara University did not respond to Campus Reform's request for comment in time for publication. 

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