College investigating reports of coronavirus-themed party

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York college is investigating whether an off-campus coronavirus-themed party violated the student code of conduct.

The Asian American Alliance, a student organization at the University at Albany, condemned the party hosted by students last weekend, saying it was insensitive and racist.

A statement on the alliance’s Instagram account said the virus “has led to not only mass stereotyping of Asian people but also hundreds of deaths across the world.”

All but about 1,000 of more than 75,000 reported cases of the disease called COVID-19 have been recorded in China. In all, more than 2,000 people have died.

Video of the party was briefly posted on the Barstool Albany Instagram account Sunday night. WGY News Radio reports the video showed a bucket of iced Corona beers and a person wearing a surgical mask with the caption, “Coronavirus isn’t gonna stop anyone from partying.”

“The theme of this party was distasteful and hurtful and is not representative of UAlbany or its nearly 18,000 students,” university officials said in a statement Thursday. “Any allegations of conduct violations will be investigated and addressed through the University’s disciplinary process.”

The location of the party and the students involved were not identified.

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