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Bronco Night shut down early due to a lack of mask-wearing among students

Photo by Claire Keener

Bronco Night, a back-to-school student social event, was shut down early on Thursday night due to health and safety concerns.

The event was intended to take place from 9 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. but was shut down early, around 9:50 p.m. 

According to Melinda Jean Stafford, assistant director of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, the event was shut down after five announcements had been made asking students to wear their facial coverings.

“The Office of Public Health was consulted in advance to help us determine the level of compliance we must maintain throughout the event,” Stafford said. “Leaders from within the Division for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management were present at the event and determined that the needed level of compliance was not being maintained.”

Approximately 2,000 students were in attendance.

“We plan to continue hosting programs that allow students to meet new friends, build community and have fun,” Stafford said. “We will work to effectively communicate the facial covering policy on campus so that these events can continue to happen safely. And to make it happen, we need everyone to play their part, and we know it can be done!”

Large gathering of students hanging out on a field for Bronco Night on Boise State campus.
[Photo of students participating in Bronco Night]
Photo by Claire Keener | The Arbiter
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