UW bans students from in-person classes after attending large party

VIDEO: Dozens of UW fraternity members face possible suspension for attending large party

SEATTLE — University of Washington administrators are cracking down on students who attended a large “snow” party at Greek Row last week.

As winter weather swept through the lowlands, dozens of UW fraternity members came together outdoors for a huge, unauthorized gathering, and many did not wear masks.

This news comes as COVID-19 cases still are popping up, with 1,100 students who have tested positive in the last year. Many of those cases originated from Greek Row.

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Administrators are banning the partygoers from attending in-person classes through the end of February in hopes of preventing a superspreader event.

The university is recommending those same students quarantine for 14 days.

On Saturday, a KIRO 7 crew spoke to some students who were outraged that the party even happened.

“We’re nearing a year of this pandemic, and it doesn’t seem like much has changed other than the vaccine, so it just seems a little hopeless when you’re trying so hard and other people aren’t,” a student said.

Now there is a petition swirling online to suspend any student who attended the party last week.