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Butler University hit with increase in positive COVID-19 cases

3 Greek houses and women's soccer team on quarantine
Posted at 10:40 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 10:40:36-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Butler University is experiencing an increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, the university said Wednesday in a message to the campus community.

The university's coronavirus dashboard indicates 46 students and four employees currently have COVID-19, and 179 students are in quarantine. The numbers are expected to increase in the coming days, according to the university.

Clusters of positive cases have been found in three Greek houses — Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma and Phi Delta Theta — and on the women's soccer team. The three Greek houses have been placed on a mandatory two-week quarantine, while the women's soccer team is on quarantine pending additional testing on Wednesday, according to the university.

"Over the past two weeks, we have seen increases in both COVID-related student conduct cases and COVID concerns reported," the university's message said. "The lack of compliance with our health and safety requirements is strongly correlated to the recent increase in positive cases on our campus. To date, we are not aware of COVID-19 positive cases that can be tracked to an in-person classroom."

Penalties for not complying with the university's COVID-19 prevention rules include loss of tuition, room and board and all credit for the fall semester.

"While no one at the University wants to have to take such drastic action, we have to protect our faculty, staff, and other students," the university's message said.