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University hires security to monitor students in quarantine, isolation

| Wednesday, August 26, 2020

In order to prevent students under quarantine or isolation from violating safety protocols, Notre Dame hired additional security personnel to patrol the properties, the South Bend Tribune reported Wednesday.

Students who fail to remain in their assigned rooms will face disciplinary action, “including possible dismissal,” University spokesman Dennis Brown said in the article.

Notre Dame contracted with Monterrey Security and VSS Security Services to hire officers for off-campus quarantine and isolation sites. In addition, Indiana State Police Alliance troopers will monitor the sites at night beginning Thursday for students violating the code of conduct they were required to sign upon quarantine or isolation.

The University has also contracted with six off-campus facilities, Brown said. While Notre Dame has declined to reveal the sites, The Observer sources have determined students are quarantining and isolating in the Morris Inn, The Foundry, The Landings and University Edge.

Notre Dame has refused to publish the number of students in quarantine or isolation.

“That is not a number that we will be providing publicly,” Brown said in the article. “It is ever-changing. People are added and then safe and healthy and able to leave, so we’re not going to try to keep track of that on a daily basis by any means.”

According to the report, residents of The Landings have expressed concern to management over students in quarantine and isolation failing to abide by safety protocols.

“Unfortunately, we have received reports of students failing to abide by the code of conduct,” a letter to residents said. “As a result, the University is working quickly to enhance security measures at The Landings in order to closely monitor student behavior and ensure compliance with all polices. I understand that this is not ideal and I understand your concerns.”

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