17 WVU students on probation for violating coronavirus rules

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Seventeen West Virginia University students are on probation for coronavirus-related violations of the institution’s code of conduct.

University officials have been investigating reports from local law enforcement and the campus community about students violating coronavirus rules.

Classes at the Morgantown campus began on Wednesday. 

Corey Farris, West Virginia University’s dean of students, said on Wednesday’s “MetroNews Talkline” that meetings with the students have begun.

“Some of them, quite frankly, have been on porches. Not related to fraternities or sororities, but they weren’t masked or physically distancing,” Farris said. 

Officials on Wednesday said 15 more students could face probation if an investigation determines they were responsible for gatherings. Another student with multiple violations faces suspension or expulsion.

“All of us want to get to Nov. 24,” Farris said, referencing the final scheduled day for face-to-face activities. “To do that, everyone has to take precautions wherever they are.”

Farris added university officials will continue following tips from law enforcement and community members to prevent a potential outbreak.

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