Galway students have been given a 2,000 word reflective essay from NUIG for breaching COVID-19 guidelines, with many people wondering if it’s enough.
The university has told students that they must write a reflective essay on the “potential impact their actions could have on family, friends and society,” as part of the sanctions after a number students were found to have breached to the public health guidelines in recent weeks.
Students had previously received a letter from the university warning them that they could face expulsion if they went against the COVID-19 guidelines and the Code of Conduct, in September 2020.
The code states that “any activity, whether taken place on or off University grounds, which adversely affects, or is likely to adversely affect, the reputation of the University” can result in penalties, ranging from a formal reprimand up to permanent expulsion from the university and its premises.
In a statement to RTE, NUIG said that “the vast majority of almost 19,000 students have adhered to public health guidelines. No data is available on the number who have had sanctions imposed, or the extent of the breaches.”
Reactions on social media to the university’s decision to give an essay as punishment for breaking public health restrictions, have been largely negative with many asking if an essay is an appropriate reprimand from the university.
— Ian Falconer (@IKFalconer) March 3, 2021
This country becomes more and more of a joke each day https://t.co/T71PUyRZRl
— Niall (@NiallDuffy2) March 3, 2021
@nuigalway these are adults! Maybe treat them as such. Also I note you say there will be sanctions for any student endangering another on or off campus, does this rule apply outside of covid? https://t.co/E96YezFgk2
— Deborah Curran ZeroCovid & Mask Supporter (@DeborahCurran) March 3, 2021
Love to know who’ll mark those essays. Definitely not me! https://t.co/TzBfzzerXy
— Cian Twomey 🌐 (@cian2me) March 3, 2021
This comes to light after gardaí arrested three people were made after a major public order incident in Limerick last night.
The university has promised a strong reaction to the incident, “UL will take action with strong disciplinary measures against any student who has been found to have breached public health guidelines. Students at UL are subject to a Code of Conduct.”
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