Students at University of Aberdeen fined for breaking coronavirus rules

University release statement saying breaches will not be tolerated.

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 1:34 pm

Students at the University of Aberdeen have been issued with fines for breaching coronavirus guidelines.

It comes after reports of social gatherings outside the Hillhead Halls of Residence at the weekend.

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A statement from the university said: “Breaches such as those that occurred at the weekend will not be tolerated.

The University of Aberdeen.
The University of Aberdeen.

"As a result of non-compliance with the guidelines, and by failing to take action following warnings from our staff, the students involved are being issued with a fine.”

The University of Aberdeen released its statement on the same day Nicola Sturgeon addressed recent reports of coronavirus clusters at universities.

Speaking at her daily news briefing on Wednesday, the First Minister said that student life lends itself to spreading the virus.

She said that “tough guidance” was currently in place and discussions were ongoing about what may be needed.

Appealing directly to students, Ms Sturgeon said: “If you are asked to self-isolate, and I know many of you are already in that position, it is really important that you follow that advice.”

She added: “From me, for now, please know that we appreciate the sacrifices you’re making at this really important stage of your lives.

“It’s not yesterday that I was at university, but I still remember what an important stage of life it is and nobody wants you to be living under these restrictions, but it is important that you take care not put yourselves at risk and obviously not to inadvertently put other people at risk.

“What we’re asking you to do now is for the collective good of everyone but we do appreciate your sacrifices and thank you for it.”

Scotland’s clinical director, Professor Jason Leitch, then urged students to take four steps to stop the spread of the virus.

Prof Leitch asked those at university to follow the Facts guidance, download the Protect Scotland app, ensure they self-isolate if asked and not host or go to house parties.

The national clinical adviser said he spoke to Scotland’s student leaders on Tuesday to inform them of how they can support students.

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