The University of Maryland is requiring students to stay in dorms over concerns about COVID cases.

COLLEGE PARK — The University of Maryland is requiring students to stay in their dorm rooms as well as fraternity and sorority houses over concerns about rising COVID cases.

The university issued a “sequester-in-place” order that started at noon on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Students living off campus are also told to stay at home as much as possible.

Students who disobey the lockdown and sequester orders could face expulsion or suspension, according to university officials.

“Failure to abide by these safety protocols will have significant consequences for every member of our community. Students not following these measures will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and will face serious consequences, which can include suspension and expulsion,” the university order reads.

University President Darryll Pines announced the orders Saturday. The university is going back to virtual classes starting Feb. 22 citing concerns about rising COVID cases.

The move comes as COVID cases and hospitalizations have been declining statewide.

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