TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida A&M University has reinstated a curfew for all students living on campus, citing concerns about the coronavirus.
Students must be in their assigned residence hall from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. on the weekends.
Due to an increase in coronavirus cases, FAMU is instituting the mandatory curfew below until further notice.— FloridaA&MUniversity (@FAMU_1887) February 9, 2021
🐍 Monday - Thursday: 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.
🐍 Friday - Sunday: 12 a.m. - 6 a.m. #ProtectTheFAMUly pic.twitter.com/XcQrf9oQ9S
In a letter, Bomani Spell, the dean of students, said that university officials were "extremely concerned that students are not adhering to mask/social distancing policies enacted to protect the FAMU community."
"This curfew is to prevent large gatherings/parties on campus or in the Tallahassee community and is not intended to restrict student movement," Spell wrote in the letter.
FAMU says the curfew is in effect until further notice.
Failure to follow the curfew or any other COVID-19 safety procedures like wearing masks could result in sanctions against the student.
“Sanctions will include immediate suspension from University Housing, as well as the possibility of disciplinary probation, suspension and/or expulsion from school,” Spell wrote.
If a student needs to leave during curfew under “extenuating circumstances,” they must tell their resident hall director immediately, the university said.
Other COVID-19 safety procedures at FAMU include face coverings being required in all buildings, and gatherings of more than 10 people being banned.
University officials stressed that it's important for the FAMU community to be on one accord to keep everyone safe.
"To have a safe campus, it is contingent upon all of us to do our part to adhere to the policies and procedures," Spell wrote.