Several students at University College Cork (UCC) have been suspended for breaching the college's rules on public health relating to COVID-19.
UCC has released a statement confirming that 11 of their students have been suspended on a temporary basis for alleged breaches of student rules relating to COVID-19.
Campus Watch, the university's student disciplinary body, is said to have received many complaints relating to alleged breaches of the Student Rules.
They explain that hearings are underway for many of those cases but due to the ongoing nature of the instances, they are not in a position to discuss them.
However, UCC confirms that "in 11 cases a temporary suspension has been put in place pending the outcome of a hearing, as per the Student Rules".
The statement outlined that there were "over 50 support services are in place to support students at this time and UCC will continue to work together with its students, its community and the local authorities at a challenging time for our society".
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UCC Students' Union (@UCCSU) October 1, 2020
In a subsequent email to all those currently enrolled at the university, UCC President John O'Halloran urged students to avoid gatherings or other such events that could lead to breaches of public health advice aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.
As per UCC Student Rules, breaches can result in an informal resolution on the first instance only, usually handled by the Campus Watch.