SDSU pleads with students to wear masks, social distance to fight COVID-19 | #students | #parents

San Diego State University on Thursday pressed students to wear masks and practice social distancing as the number of students testing positive for COVID-19 rose to four during the first week of fall classes.

Similar pleas were being made by college presidents across the country as schools reported significant COVID-19 outbreaks, many which are occurring at large state universities like SDSU.

“We have taken notice that the majority of you are taking great care of yourself and the community. Thank you for role modeling!” read a statement issued to the campus community.

“At the same time, and as we head into our first weekend since the start of the fall semester, this message is meant to serve as a critical reminder of the consequences for those who are not yet following these behavioral policies and guidelines.

“We have received a small number of complaints that some members of our community are not yet doing their part, and are not following these public health guidelines, especially off-campus. As we become aware of violations to the student code of conduct we are working with the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities to pursue sanctions. Individual actions have an impact on the health and safety of us all, and we take the protection of that community very seriously.”

The statement was issued by Randy Timm, who is dean of students, and Libby Skiles, director of student health services.

On Saturday night, Union-Tribune reporters observed that many SDSU students were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing on and near campus, including many who were clustered on the lawn on the south side of Prebys Student Union.

The Daily Aztec, SDSU’s independent student newspaper, reported, “Large groups of students, many not wearing masks, were seen walking along College Avenue and Montezuma Road late into the night over the weekend. University Police were called to Piedra Del Sol Apartments and Fraternity Row Aug. 22 at 10:50 p.m. and 11:08 p.m. respectively in response to reports of large gatherings, UPD spokesperson Raquel Herriot said in a statement.”

Earlier this week, the University of Southern California reported that more than 40 students living in off-campus housing tested positive for COVID-19.

About 2,600 SDSU students are currently living on-campus. Many also live in the neighborhoods adjoining the university.

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