PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island has issued a two-week shelter-in-place order for fraternity and sorority houses because of a high number of coronavirus cases.
The school sent the notice Friday in tandem with its Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association.
Students may leave Greek housing only for medical visits and other essential services, such as grocery shopping and essential employment. The students will take classes virtually while sheltering.
Students and chapters that don't follow guidelines could be suspended or dismissed.
The school says it based its decision on statistics showing a much higher rate of coronavirus positivity among students in Greek housing at over 11% than in total off-campus housing at under 4% or in the total on-campus population at 0.65%.