Northeastern enforces social distancing by removing 11 students from campus, not returning tuition

How can institutions enforce social distancing?

Reported by BuzzFeed News, Northeastern University is doing so through incredibly tough penalties for non-compliance, and has suspended 11 first-year students for the remainder of the semester after they were found together, a breach of the institution’s coronavirus policies. These students will not be eligible for a refund on their semester tuition, costing $36,543.

The takeaway? That’s one extremely steep punishment approach to enforcing social distancing policies. Will these students and their parents accept this incredible fiscal punishment? Will it scare other students into compliance? We’re all watching everyone else, trying to learn as quickly as possible this fall.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.