University cancels spring break after 1,000-person party

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Students at Florida State University won’t have a spring break holiday in 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis. 

University officials on Wednesday announced changes to the spring 2021 calendar that includes the cancellation of the weeklong holiday in an effort to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

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“The university continues its efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and we believe these adjustments will reduce the potential for members of the campus community to return to Tallahassee with the virus after traveling during spring break,” Sally McRorie, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at FSU, said in a statement Wednesday. 

The move by administrators comes after a party of more than 1,000 people outside a student apartment complex about 2 miles from the university was broken up by Tallahassee police over the weekend. 

More than 1,400 Florida State University students and 31 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and the school has a positivity rate of 7.61 percent, according to the university

University officials have called on students to practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings and wear face coverings. 

Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) proposed a “bill of rights” for college students in response to school administrators punishing students for having parties during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

“I understand that universities are trying to do the right thing,” DeSantis said during a briefing in Tallahassee. “But I personally think it’s dramatically draconian that a student could get potentially expelled for going to a party. That’s what college kids do.”

McRorie also said the spring semester will still start Jan. 6, however, the first three days of classes will be