UK, police on watch; weekend parties could get students in trouble

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Heading into a busy weekend before classes start next week, the University of Kentucky is reminding students of how expanded rules involving COVID-19 health and safety provisions could land them in disciplinary trouble if not followed.

The university is especially warning students on- and off-campus to not host house parties.

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Last weekend, several parties at houses and apartments near campus, were reported. UK is working closely with Lexington Police to help enforce the code of conduct.

Consequences range from warnings to possible suspension or expulsion.

The university says the code exists to protect students and the community.

“Keeping students safe, it’s keeping our staff safe, it’s keeping our faculty staff. We all have a responsibility to each other and if do all these things we are truly taking good care of ourselves and being good neighbors,” said UK Dean of Students Trisha Clement-Montgomery.

She said she understands these rules are impacting students’ perception of what the college experience should be, but staff and faculty are committed to making the experience as best as they can for students.