As some US college students party, others blow the whistle

The once-improbable is achieved by some U.S. college students: blowing the whistle on classmates who violate laws aimed at halting the coronavirus spread. At Missouri University, one senior posts photographs and videos on a Twitter account named “University of Suffering” that shows students gathering in large groups at pools, outside bars, and elsewhere-few of them wearing masks.

The university has a form on its website where it is possible to anonymously report breaches of the school’s Covid-19 guidelines, but posting on Twitter “adds a different degree of transparency,” said the student. “When it’s up there publicly and people are retweeting it, and the university’s getting tagged over and over – then they have to reply,” said the student, who sometimes posts videos and photos of non-compliance sent by other students and asked for anonymity to avoid backlash.

Christian Basi, spokesman for the University of Missouri, which has around 30,000 students, said there was strong on-campus enforcement during the daytime hours, but issues arose after students leave. “Basi said,” Where we see our problems are off campus, as people go home to their private residences. On Tuesday, the University of Missouri said in a statement that it had expelled two students and suspended three following “flagrant breaches” of the coronavirus-related rules of the school.