Florida's GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for a “bill of rights” to protect college students from getting punished by colleges for hosting partings and other large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Associated Press.
“I understand that universities are trying to do the right thing,” the governor told reporters at a press briefing at the Capitol in Tallahassee. “But, I personally think it's dramatically draconian that a student could get potentially expelled for going to a party. That’s what college kids do.”
DeSantis said he will prevent local governments from closing restaurants because little data exists showing that keeping these businesses closed would curb coronavirus cases. In April, the governor issued an executive order claiming that state guidelines “supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.”
The defense from DeSantis comes after photos went viral online of parties taking place at Florida State University which led to a spike in coronavirus cases at the college in early September.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, On September 8, the university released data that showed more than 700 students tested positive for coronavirus during a one-week period, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
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