Purdue Suspends 13 Athletes Over On-Campus Party

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Purdue University has suspended 13 student-athletes for holding a party Saturday in a campus residence hall.

The school announced the suspensions this week, saying the students were in violation of the school’s “Protect Purdue Pledge.” 

The unidentified athletes were part of a group of 14 students who were suspended for the party. According to ESPN, the athletes were not part of any fall sports and were not members of the men’s or women’s basketball teams. Other winter and spring sports at Purdue men's and women's golf, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, track and field, softball, baseball and wrestling.

The Protect Purdue Pledge is part of the school’s attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19 by prohibiting parties on campus.

The suspended students will need to vacate their residence hall by Wednesday but are may appeal the suspensions.

In a statement to ESPN, Purdue said, "The university will process the appeals of the summary suspensions expeditiously. We will not be providing details regarding individual disciplinary outcomes. Each case will be resolved in a manner that meets the objectives of (1) protecting the health & safety of the campus community and (2) educating students on how to effectively adhere to the Protect Purdue Pledge."

This most recent incident is the second time Purdue has suspended students for violating the school’s policy around on-campus parties during the current pandemic. In August, 36 Purdue students were suspended in connection with a party.

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