CHICAGO (CBS) — A college student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says he was evicted from his dorm and fired from his job as a resident assistant when he refused to quarantine. He tells CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar he has never tested positive for COVID-19, and this is all a mistake.
“I’m being penalized,” said Xavier Josephs. “I lost my RA position. I was fired yesterday immediately.”
Josephs is a student, but he is being removed from the dorms and could be dismissed from the school.
The school told Josephs in an email, “We are required to put you in a quarantine dorm.”
“It is important to note that CUPHD has instructed us that students in isolation must stay there for ten days, and students in quarantine must stay there for 14 days. It is not possible to “test out” of quarantine, and except on Day 5 when CUPHD instructs those in quarantine to test (so if they have developed the virus at that point, they can be moved to isolation and away from those in quarantine), people are not supposed to leave their quarantine space at all, said Kaler.
The assistant dean wrote the following note to Josephs: “You received directions from the campus and the health department for which you are not authorized to deviate from … This is a dismissible offense from the university.”
“To me that seemed like the goal, that they are trying to give me the ultimate discipline to dismiss me from this institution,” Josephs said. “I’m being disciplinarily charged for putting peoples health at danger, but nobody’s health is at danger.”
The university says the vast majority of students follow quarantine and isolation instructions, but 16 students have been dismissed for not complying.