Preventing the spread of COVID-19 on a college campus is a daunting task, but the University of Kentucky is determined to try. In addition to testing every student and employee on campus for the virus, UK will enforce its code of conduct on students who attend on- and off-campus parties. In a press release yesterday, UK said it is working with Lexington Police and city officials to keep tabs on such gatherings after several were reported over the weekend.
As in previous semesters, the Code of Student Conduct will be enforced this fall for students who live both on and off campus. Over the weekend, several parties at houses and apartments nearby campus were reported. City and university officials are working together to coordinate an appropriate response; that information is being provided to the university to ensure compliance with UK’s Student Code of Conduct.
If someone creates a condition where they have harmed someone else, such as hosting a large gathering that does not following state and local guidance, Code of Student Conduct 6. L. Harm and Threat of Harm and/or 6. AA. Violations of Law or other UK Policies apply.
Current state guidelines restrict gatherings to ten or fewer people. Yesterday, WKYT reported that students who attended parties on Maxwell and Aylesford Place are being contacted by the university.
“A number of citations, I believe around 11 or so or issued,” said Jay Blanton, University of Kentucky spokesperson. “I presume for things like either alcohol or noise ordinance sort of issues.”
“As you know, our code of student conduct makes pretty clear health and safety activities that might compromise the health and safety of our students is a violation of our student code of conduct,” Blanton said.
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