Notre Dame to require weekly surveillance testing for spring semester, introduces new coronavirus code of conduct

first_imgThis report was updated Jan. 22 at 9:05 p.m.The University will alter its COVID-19 response to include weekly surveillance testing and has adopted a supplemental code of conduct to discipline students who fail to abide by the health and safety guidelines, leadership in the Division of Student Affairs announced Thursday.Weekly surveillance testing will begin Feb. 3 to curb the transmission of the virus and all undergraduate and professional students will be required to participate. In addition, as administrators identify potential clusters or hot spots, some students will be asked to complete additional testing.All students will also complete a pre-matriculation test on campus at the University Testing Center. The primary surveillance testing method will be through saliva samples, and nasal swab testing will be employed as needed.A COVID-19 addendum has been added to du Lac to establish consequences to those who do not abide by health and safety guidelines. Students who do not show up for surveillance testing will be placed on probation after the first offense and be issued a formal warning.“It is important to note that missed testing appointments will be tracked throughout the semester,” the Testing Overview site states. “In other words, If you miss your testing appointment on Week 1, show up for your tests on Weeks 2, 3 and 4, but miss on Week 5, you are subject to the consequences for a second missed test.”A student who misses a test for the second time will be placed on COVID Probation and will be required to meet with an OCS representative, according to the addendum. If a student on COVID Probation fails to report for surveillance testing, they will face COVID Dismissal, the addendum said.If students violate other portions of the Campus Compact, such as not wearing masks or failing to follow other safety guidelines, students will receive a message detailing the offense and a recommended disciplinary outcome.Students can submit relevant information within 24 hours of receiving notice of their violation. Failure to respond will result in the immediate implementation of the recommended outcome.“There is no right to a formal hearing at any stage of the Administrative Process,” the addendum states. “All outcomes under this Administrative Process, with the exception of COVID Dismissal, will not be disclosed as student conduct records under the University’s Conduct Record Reporting Policy.”Students may only file appeals if assigned COVID Dismissal.COVID Dismissal can also be applied for violating quarantine or isolation guidelines, hosting large gatherings and for “serious, repeated or flagrant violations of Compact commitments.” Relevant information may be submitted in response to the dismissal notice within 48 hours of receiving the note. Failure to respond will result in the immediate implementation of the dismissal.Students may apply for readmission for the upcoming fall semester only if they follow OCS requirements listed in their notice of dismissal.Tags: COVID-19, division of student affairs, surveillance testinglast_img read more

Another shots fired incident reported in Mason City

first_imgMASON CITY — Police for the second time in a month are investigating an incident where shots were allegedly fired in Mason City. The Mason City Police Department says shortly before noon this past Saturday, officers responded to the alley east of the 300 block of North Monroe on the report of possible gunfire. None of the people involved in the shooting were at the scene when officers arrived. Officers did find shell casings from two different firearms in the alley. Police Lt. Rich Jensen says two search warrants have been served during the investigation but no arrests have been made. Jensen says the investigation is still active and anybody with information should contact the Police Department at 421-3636.last_img

Teenage trio set for Portugal

first_img Teenagers Gabriella Cowley, Amber Ratcliffe and Dulcie Sverdloff will represent England Golf in the Nations Cup event at this week’s Portuguese ladies’ championship at the Montado Golf Resort from 30 January-2 February. Gabriella Cowley, 16, (Brocket Hall) and Amber Ratcliffe, 17, (Royal Cromer) are just back from the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, where they represented Team GB in the golf championship, taking fifth and eighth places respectively. Both were members of England’s winning teams at the ladies’ and girls’ Home Internationals in 2012. Dulcie Sverdloff (Garon Park) will celebrate her 18th birthday the day before the championship starts. She is the English schools’ champion and the 2012 winner of the British Colleges Sport national title. Dulcie and Gabriella were both members of the Essex team which won last year’s English Counties’ Championship. 28 Jan 2013 Teenage trio set for Portugal last_img read more

Inslee Announces Easing of Outdoor Restrictions

first_imgFacebook641Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee announced today a partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities.As of Tuesday, May 5, some outdoor recreation will be allowed with appropriate safety precautions, including: fishing; hunting; playing golf; and day use at state parks, state public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and at state Fish and Wildlife areas.“Outdoor recreation is one of the best things we can do to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being for Washingtonians during a time of great stress and isolation,” Inslee said. “And springtime in our state is Washington at its best and people want to be out enjoying outdoor activities in a safe and responsible way.“If we see a sharp uptake in the number of people who are getting sick or are not following appropriate steps, then we won’t hesitate to scale this back again. This is not a return to normal. This is only a beginning phase of relaxing outdoor recreation restrictions.”Public gatherings, events, team sports and camping, among other things, are not resuming at this time.Read the full plan on the governor’s Medium page.last_img read more