The University of Denver suspended 38 men’s and women’s swimming and diving athletes for recently attending a large off-campus party, in violation of local and state health restrictions as well as university policies addressing the spread of COVID-19.
All athletes will be forbidden to participate in team activities through the rest of the fall quarter and go through the “Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) process for disciplinary action, which may include interim academic suspension for the fall quarter pending the outcome of the SRR process,” the school stated in a letter sent to DU community members signed by chancellor Jeremy Haefner and athletics chancellor Karlton Creech.
The NCAA swimming and diving season is delayed to January because of COVID-19, and it could be pushed back further.
DU “is deeply committed to protecting the health and safety of this community, and Denver broadly,” the letter stated. As a result of the party, the university will require all 38 student-athletes to retest for the coronavirus and will be under “location restrictions” until negative test results are received, “and possibly longer.”
DU has restricted gatherings to 10 people, with all who attend required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.
“We understand that what we are asking all of our students to do — to change how they socialize and connect with their peers — is difficult,” the chancellors wrote. “The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic are putting significant pressure on all of us. We also believe our students can rise to this challenge the way generations of young people have risen in the past to the unique challenges of their own time. Indeed, we are proud that the vast majority of our students are meeting this challenge by following the protocols and still having a meaningful social experience in a face-to-face manner.”
DU has previously reported three outbreaks — one involving a residence hall, another with the gymnastics team and at the Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness.
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