SDSU hires security to monitor and report students participating in social activity

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – As students head back to college for the Fall 2020 semester, San Diego State University is seeing an uptick in positive coronavirus cases they say is from parties and social gatherings.

So far, there are 444 confirmed coronavirus cases at SDSU, with 4 probable cases.

Luke Wood, SDSU’s vice president for student affairs and campus diversity, said the university was working with a security company to enforce public health code regulations. He said the company was engaging in patrols around the College Area.

Wood said the most serious violations could result in suspension or expulsion from the university. He said some organizations have been cited, as well, mostly fraternities or sororities.

If any students are found to be violating these policies, Dr. Wood said the security will report them to the school, and the school has the ability “to do direct follow up with those students.”

On the question of how much authority the university has in students’ off-campus lives, Wood was vague, but said SDSU has “some authority” in the College Area.

He went on to say that they already implemented a stay-at-home order for students living in on-campus housing, but some students are still gathering with each other, which is what they are working to prevent.

He explained they do not have as much authority at nearby, off-campus housing, but was sure that these mechanisms are working. The complete question and answer is at the top of the page.

Wednesday’s complete County Health Press Briefing can be seen below:

San Diego County Health Officials hold press briefing

San Diego County Health Officials hold press briefing as cases among college students rise, but have resulted in zero hospitalizations. They will update us on the status of case numbers in relation to Newsom's reopening guidelines

Posted by KUSI News on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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