BYU-Idaho says it will seek out and possibly expel students who may have intentionally tried to be infected with the coronavirus.
An Idaho college says it is “deeply troubled” by reports that people in its community may have intentionally exposed themselves to the coronavirus in the hopes of being paid more for plasma donations that could contain COVID-19 antibodies.
BYU-Idaho, located in the southeastern town of Rexburg, says it is actively searching to find out if any of its students have done this.
“Students who are determined to have intentionally exposed themselves or others to the virus will be immediately suspended from the university and may be permanently dismissed,” the university said in a statement.
Some private blood banks pay more for plasma that contains COVID-19 antibodies.
The university cautioned last month that it may have to shut down the campus and switch to an all-remote learning format if a