Northeastern University says it has dismissed 11 students who gathered in a hotel room in violation of the school’s coronavirus policies and will not refund their tuition, marking one of the most severe punishments college students have faced for breaking pandemic rules.

University staff members found the first-year students hanging out last week in a room at the Westin Hotel in downtown Boston, which Northeastern is using as a temporary dorm for about 800 students, according to a university statement. Officials instructed them to take a coronavirus test, then leave campus within 24 hours.

The students, who were part of a study-abroad program that was held in Boston this semester, will not be reimbursed for their $36,500 tuition payments, according to the university. They will be allowed back on campus in the spring. In the meantime, the university said, they can appeal the punishment in an expedited hearing.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration is prepared to spend “another trillion dollars” to buoy the U.S. economy if President Trump is elected to a second term. Mnuchin told “Fox News Sunday” that the administration is concerned about the ballooning national debt, and he called Democrats’ spending proposals excessive. But, he said, “in a war, you’ve got to spend whatever you need.”

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