UMass Amherst Students Suspended After Mask-less Off-Campus Gathering

AMHERST, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Three freshman UMass Amherst students were suspended after a picture posted on social media was sent to the school of the girls not wearing masks at an outdoor gathering.

Andover parents Kristin and Scott spoke to WBZ-TV on behalf of their daughter who was in the picture.

Scott said that this suspension “negates this whole semester, $16,000 of money and they have to reapply for next semester. But they missed housing registration."

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Teresa and RJ's daughter was also suspended. They told WBZ-TV they believe the administration needs to be "equitable and fair" with handling each case.

Teresa and RJ's frustration comes after a video was released of the UMass Amherst Hockey Team celebrating their national championship. Some students and players were seen not wearing masks.

UMass Amherst released a statement saying: “Students received a number of public health messages this semester that emphasized the importance of following public health protocols and the consequences for not complying, and those messages were also shared on UMass social media channels.”

Students on campus reported that the university's rules this year were tight because they did not want big parties.

The families of the suspended students have hired a lawyer and plan to file a lawsuit.

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