It’s going to be a party at Kroger Field Saturday afternoon. Elsewhere across campus local police will be doing what they can to ensure there are not large parties.
Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and UK President Eli Capilouto announced that city police and campus police will work in conjunction this weekend to “respond to pandemic-related, off campus student code of conduct violations.” To put it simply, officers will be out in full force to stop large parties that are near campus.
“We share the goal of doing everything we can to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the community,” said Capilouto. “Even as our data, through robust contact tracing, clearly show the virus has largely stayed contained to the UK community, it’s critical that we do our part to protect everyone and limit spread. This partnership is one more way we are working together in a comprehensive approach to confronting this unprecedented public health crisis.”
Bike cops have always been a presence in the neighborhoods surrounding Kroger Field to ensure that college party-goers are upholding the law on gamedays. This year students could also be found for violating the school’s code of conduct by hosting large gatherings that could lead to the spread of COVID-19.
If the additional officers aren’t enough, UK has also created a snitch line. Concerned citizens can report student code of conduct violations by visiting www.uky.edu/studentconduct, emailing [email protected], or calling 859-218-SAFE. The increased patrols are set to begin Friday.
Obviously, no one wants to be a party pooper, especially on a Caturday. However, these are unprecedented times. Students can still enjoy Kentucky football with friends, they just can’t do it with 100 mask-less friends in a crowded backyard.