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Roanoke removes 6 students due to party and COVID-19 cases

August 22, 2020 GMT

SALEM, Va. (AP) — Roanoke College says it has removed six students for violating the student conduct code after three positive tests for COVID-19 that may have been related to an off-campus party.

The Roanoke Times reports that four students have tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The first was tested last weekend, as students began to move in, and the student had withdrawn from classes before the test result came back. The other three have been moved to an isolation area on campus.

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Others who may have been exposed to them are quarantining in their rooms, and people they may have been in contact with have been notified, the college said.

Online classes at the private college in Salem, Virginia, began Wednesday.

Students continue to filter into residences in a phased plan the college announced earlier this summer. Classes are supposed to transition to mostly in-person instruction by Sept. 7.

The Roanoke College announcement follows actions by Virginia Tech and Radford University. Virginia Tech suspended seven students Thursday after being alerted to large gatherings of students off campus. Radford suspended three students for failure to comply with that university’s COVID-19 safety measures.