Purdue Suspends 13 Student-Athletes For On-Campus Party

Purdue University has suspended 13 student-athletes for holding a party in a campus residence hall in violation of the school’s COVID-19 rules.

The school has not said which sports teams the students are a part of. But Purdue did say the 13 suspended student-athletes are not involved in fall sports, and ESPN reports that they are not members of the men’s or women’s basketball teams. That leaves ten sports (men’s & women’s swimming & diving, men’s & women’s golf, men’s & women’s tennis, track and field, softball, baseball, and wrestling) as possible programs for the suspended athletes.

The suspended students (14 in total, including one non-athlete) must vacate their residence halls this week. The school says it won’t give details on “individual disciplinary outcomes.”

The students were suspended for violating the “Protect Purdue Pledge,” which is part of the school’s rules to limit the spread of the coronavirus. ESPN reports that the school previously suspended 36 people in connection with a party in August.

While many colleges have moved classes to online or hybrid models amid the coronavirus pandemic, many have faced outbreaks among students and student-athletes, leading to pauses in training. Most recently, Florida State paused all swimming practices through October 2 and Kentucky shut down training in mid-September.

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Guerra
23 days ago

They should be giving these kids medals. Having parties is a good way to achieve herd immunity. Look at all the elite sports teams. They had parties when they got back to campus, team members got the virus and now their team has herd immunity and doesn’t have to worry about it. To these college kids, this virus is like catching a cold. Bottom line, these kids were pretty smart considering they’re Purdue students.

Last edited 23 days ago by Guerra
Hiswimcoach
Reply to  HeadTimer
23 days ago

From your link:
“The doctors said that Chad is the rarest 1-10,000,000 case“.

I’ll take those odds. RIP to this athlete but we don’t make policy decisions based on one in 10 million odds.

HeadTimer
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
23 days ago

Yup. Still dead though.

HeadTimer
Reply to  HeadTimer
23 days ago

Perhaps you prefer these odds: If the risk of myocarditis in athletes who’ve had Covid is 15%, that would mean 1 in 10, or 3 athletes in 20 at risk. (JAMA Cardiology, 9/11/2020)

Doconc
Reply to  HeadTimer
23 days ago

That article has been discredited
Factually fraudulent

HeadTimer
Reply to  Doconc
23 days ago

Nope, don’t think so. If so, show me. (Dr. Sebastianelli from PA first said 30%, which Penn State revised down to 15%. I’ve found numerous stories and experts – including the Baltimore Ravens’ team MD – that cite the potential risk to athletes. I can post every link, if you like.)

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Doconc
22 days ago

Where? Maybe on FaceBook or Brietbart, but not in any scientific journal and it certainly hasn’t been retracted nor has there been a note from the editors expressing concern as there would if what you claimed is true. They showed evidence of myocardial inflammation on cardiac MRs consistent with myocarditis. That’s all they reported. And no one has disputed that. Seriously, back up your claim. You just say crazy Q stuff and run.

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
22 days ago

Anyone not agreeing with your worldview is Q. They’re playing football man.
Give it a rest already.

Corn Pop
Reply to  HeadTimer
22 days ago

Maybe more suicides by young ppl who were hoping their college athletics ribbons could help career prospects .

RIP
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
23 days ago

Would your view be different if it was your child?

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  RIP
23 days ago

No. Living life is a risk, Covid or otherwise. I will take one in 10 million odds any day of the week
To live freely.

HeadTimer
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
23 days ago

How about one in ten?

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  HeadTimer
23 days ago

What’s your point? That’s not what the article said. It said one in ten million. Do you drive everyday? You’re taking risk.

Dangerous freedom > peaceful slavery

Last edited 23 days ago by Hiswimcoach
anonymous
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
22 days ago

having wearing a mask in public, not being able to play sports/party = slavery, got it.

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  anonymous
22 days ago
ct swim fan
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
22 days ago

You seem to assume that the only people that these 18-22 year olds come in contact with are other 18-22 year olds. Unless they are in a bubble, they will be spreading this wherever they go.

HeadTimer
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
22 days ago

My point is that one in 10 elite athletes may develop cardiac issues from Covid-19, even if they were symptomatic. Why risk transmission if this could happen? Keeping our athletes safe and healthy is the most important thing… and it doesn’t entail slavery.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
22 days ago

“Peaceful slavery” is a new take on slavery. Gotta hand it to you, you come up with some doozies.

sscommentor
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
22 days ago

hhhhaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrddddddddddddooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Swimmmmer
Reply to  Guerra
23 days ago

And we have a new entrant into the “Dumbest comment on SwimSwam ever” contest

Bossanova
Reply to  Guerra
23 days ago

Someone doesn’t understand the concept of herd immunity lol

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Bossanova
22 days ago

And apparently never will.

Inside Smoke
Reply to  Guerra
23 days ago

Current college swimmer that recently had a few cases on my team and had to halt training. While yes it is far less likely that my demographic will have long term health impacts than others (although I think more likely than many try to make it seem) we are still capable of passing it on to others that are more susceptible. I don’t think anyone would want to be responsible for getting their parents or grandparents sick, my girlfriend has a suppressed immune system and is very at risk if she gets the virus. Saying that college athletes will be mostly fine firstly doesn’t account for the portion that WON’T be fine and acts as if they don’t matter and… Read more »

HeadTimer
Reply to  Inside Smoke
22 days ago

Wow, Inside Smoke. Thank you for that!

Brandi
Reply to  Inside Smoke
22 days ago

Most college athletes are not in contact with their parents or grandparents. And, if the parents or grandparents are high risk, then don’t plan any visits. It’s that simple folks. If you don’t want to risk exposure to those that are high risk, then don’t expose them!

meeeee
Reply to  Brandi
22 days ago

Exactly. If they didn’t want college kids to get it, athlete or not, then they should have closed college for the year. The nature of this disease is beating all mitigation.

ct swim fan
Reply to  Guerra
22 days ago

Stupidest comment I have seen today.

Swim Fan
Reply to  Guerra
15 days ago

Not sure if you are a troll or just completely uneducated. Maybe both!

SwimFani
23 days ago

Great that young people are willing to stand up for their rights to lawfully assemble. Shame on Purdue and other “institutions of Higher Learning”.

Coach
Reply to  SwimFani
22 days ago

Is alcohol allowed in resident halls? Were there students under 21 years of age? When I was in school, both those things would have gotten you suspended. Corona aside, it wasn’t the brightest decision to host or attend this party. Especially student/athletes.

Swim Parent
Reply to  Coach
22 days ago

There is no indication that alcohol was included. This “party” consisted of 14 people getting together in a room – maybe to play cards, maybe to watch a movie, maybe to try and create some team spirit – we simply do not know. Was it the smartest thing to do – no; but don’t assume it included alcohol or any other “substance”.

Coach
Reply to  Swim Parent
22 days ago

14 in a room to maybe play cards? Watch a movie? Create team spirit? Let’s be real here…

Dylan
23 days ago

Oh no 14 people gathered inside better run back inside our holes!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Dylan
22 days ago

When you sign a university pledge, whether it be an Honor Code or this COVID-19 one, and violate it, you’re going to get suspended or there’s no point in having the pledge. If you don’t believe in it, fine, don’t sign it, but don’t weep for the people who broke their promise.

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