A Maine College Imposes $50 fine on students Who don’t wear masks while on campus property.
Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, is cracking down on students not wearing masks on campus giving $50 tickets to students who violate the school’s face mask requirement.
More than 20 tickets have been written in the past two weeks of implementation. The school said it is being tough in order to keep in person learning.
Junior Patrick Meyers a student in Saint Joseph’s College said that he was outside enjoying the nice weather on Sunday when he was approached by campus police.
“He kind of just saw me slipping without a mask on,” Meyers said. “I had it below my nose and [the police] rolled right around to me said, ‘Hate to do this to you, but I got to give you a $50 fine.’”
The private college is making no apologies for its tough face mask policies.
Oliver Griswold, a spokesman for the school, said that the school is using “all of the tools at our disposal to try to keep COVID off campus.” The college doubled down on its decision to ticket students, claiming that they were given advance notices about all fines and policies.
Universities across the country have taken extreme measures to shield college students and faculty from the coronavirus. In some cases, schools such as Harvard University and the University of California system opted to shut down campuses entirely and move to virtual learning-only to mitigate the spread at the beginning of the pandemic.
As the pandemic slows down and vaccines become increasingly available to the American public, universities remain uncertain about what a return to campus will look like. Many schools are making a return to campus contingent on vaccination for nearly all students and staff.
Rutgers University in New Jersey was the first school to announce plans for mandatory vaccination. Leadership at Cornell University announced soon after that students and staff must be vaccinated to return to campus in the fall.
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