A group of 70 Columbia Business School students have been banned from campus until December 1st. This discipline was administered after it was discovered that they violated the school’s travel restrictions by taking a trip to Turks & Caicos in the fall, Poets&Quants reports.
After receiving a tip about the vacation, school officials traced the student’s locations by looking up their IP addresses.
A school official told the publication that this temporary ban, during which time the students will need to attend classes virtually, will serve as a warning, and that a second violation would lead to full suspensions.
A student told the publication that “Most honor the Columbia community compact yet large factions continue to organize and travel in large groups,” adding that “Students are outraged and disgusted and angry.”
The getaway was planned after the Dean of Students, Zelon Crawford, sent an email (obtained by Poets&Quants) to students about the consequences of breaking the school’s travel restrictions.
“It has come to our attention that some students are planning both small and large trips for the upcoming fall break. Let me start by saying this: I get it; we get it; travel with your peers is a typical part of the MBA experience. But this is not a typical year, and I’m writing tonight to remind you of your responsibilities as part of the Columbia community, and to warn you of potential consequences of irresponsible voluntary travel.”
Apparently, another insanely large group of Columbia students (60) took an August trip to the Poconos and stayed in a 30,000 square foot mansion with 18 bedrooms, three outdoor pools, an indoor basketball court and a 72-seat movie theater. However, by the time school officials found out, it was too late to administer any kind of discipline.
Columbia’s realtime COVID stats can be found at covid19.columbia.edu. As of writing, the cumulative results (since June 22) show 66 positive cases out of 55,518 tests – a relatively low positivity rate of .12%. However, 27 of those positive results came from tests taken since November 9.