Six student organizations at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville have been placed on interim suspension – and will be investigated – after being accused of breaking COVID-19 guidelines. 

In a message to students, Chancellor Donde Plowman and Vice Chancellor for Student Life Frank Cuevas said the university had received “reports that they held or organized gatherings in a manner that endangered the health, safety or welfare of others.” The university did not name the organizations that are being investigated. 

“These organizations did not comply with the Student Code of Conduct and the university’s COVID-19 health and safety directives for events on and off campus,” the message said. “These organizations are not permitted to host social events, either virtually or in person, while under investigation.They are not permitted to host any group meetings in person, even if those events are not social in nature.”

The announcement comes days after the university announced it had taken disciplinary action against four students — three for throwing a party that did not comply with COVID-19 guidelines and one for leaving isolation when they had tested positive for COVID-19.

“The majority of our students are taking precautions to protect other people and preserve the on-campus experience,” Plowman and Cuevas wrote. “We will continue to work together as Volunteers to protect our community.”

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