According to a statement released by the University of Southern Indiana on Wednesday, an entire USI student group has been quarantined due to close contact with a COVID-19 positive member.
USI said in its Wednesday statement that due to confidentiality considerations, neither individual names nor the name of the student group in quarantine would be publicly identified, though faculty has been notified of the students' absences from class.
"The safety of the entire USI community relies upon everyone abiding by the safety practices of avoiding large gatherings, physical distancing of six feet or more, wearing face coverings and frequent hand washing," said Dr. Khalilah Doss, USI's Vice President for Student Affairs.
"This is true on campus and, importantly, off-campus, where almost all of our reports of large gatherings and close contact without a mask are occurring," Dr. Doss continued. "This is true Self-monitoring, and reporting will continue to be vital in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community."
This isn't the first time USI has asked all members of a campus organization to quarantine following a COVID-19 exposure, as a similar situation occurred back in September.