WACO, TX — Baylor University President Linda Livingstone sent an email to parents Wednesday night outlining the repercussions of noncompliance with COVID-19 regulations. Penalties include suspension and expulsion.
Two hours later, a similar email with additional information was sent to students. The email, sent by Dr. Sharra Hynes, associate vice president and dean of students in the Division of Student Life, updated punishments for noncompliance, including a repeated suspension and expulsion threat, and added a “fine of $250 per occurrence” for breaking local and state ordinances.
“Baylor students who fail to comply with Baylor Policies and/or local and state resolutions and Executive Orders, and thus place the health and wellbeing of others at risk, may face significant consequences that include suspension or expulsion from the University,” Hynes said in the email.
Student organizations, including Greek life, face the threat of “removal of charter” for failing to comply.
In order to enforce the ban on social gatherings with more than 10 people, students living off-campus will see “an increased law enforcement presence in the evenings,” according to another email sent Thursday by Livingstone. In the email, Livingstone said, “I respectfully request that you have a conversation with your student regarding the University’s COVID-19 policies and consequences for non-compliance as soon as possible.”