While Universities generally provide a safe environment for learning, violence is a growing concern nationwide. Recent media accounts of violence in urban, suburban, and rural schools have called serious attention to this problem. The existence of violence in schools is a reflection of violence that occurs within the larger community and society in general.
Kentucky State University promotes and supports the rights of all students to attend this University free of violence and substance abuse.
Zero tolerance policies set the standards of behavior and clear expectations to those who are intoxicated, abusive, aggressive, or hostile.
Use or Possession of:
The use or possession of firearms, fireworks, explosives, knives, and other lethal weapons on campus is prohibited. Students found guilty of possessing and/or using such items will be subject to expulsion.
Possession, use, or distribution of narcotic or illegal drugs is prohibited. Students found guilty of this crime will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and will be subject to expulsion.
The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages while on the grounds or in the buildings of the University campus is prohibited by state law. Students found guilty will be charged accordingly.
Kentucky Statutes Applicable to the Use of Alcoholic Beverages
1. It is unlawful for a person to sell, give, purchase, or procure any alcoholic beverage for anyone under twenty-one years of age. (See KRS 244.080)
2. It is unlawful for a person to possess or consume alcoholic beverages when under twenty-one years of age. (See KRS 244.085)
3. It is unlawful for anyone under twenty-one years of age to misrepresent his or her age for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages. (See KRS 244.085)
4. It is unlawful for anyone under twenty-one years of age to use or attempt to use any false, fraudulent or altered identification card, paper, or other document to purchase any alcoholic beverage. (See KRS 244.085)
5. It is unlawful for anyone to drink or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage in public place(s). (See KRS 222.202)
a. "Public place" means a place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access and includes but is not limited to highway and transportation facilities, schools, places of amusement, parks, places of business, playgrounds, and hallways and lobbies and other portions of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence. (See KRS 525.010)
b. The Attorney General has written: A state university campus is a "public place" and the school buildings located thereon are public buildings, so that the drinking of alcoholic beverages on the campus or in the buildings is a violation of law. (See OAG 74-39)
c. The Attorney General also has written: A dormitory room on a state university campus is not a "public place" within the definition found in (See KRS 525.010) (See OAG 87-11).
d. The Attorney General has written further: It must be remembered that this opinion does not concern or affect the landlord tenant relationship between state universities and their student dormitory residents. As landlords, state universities continue to have the authority to include as a term of the dormitory room rental agreement a prohibition as to or restrictions on the consumption of alcoholic beverages within the premises leased, even though the student resident may be 21 years or older. (See OAG 87-11)
e. It is noted that, in accordance with (See KRS 222.201), the definition of a public place for purposes of drinking and being intoxicated does not include any public place where a license has issued to sell alcohol under KRS Chapter 243.
Harassment, Harassing Communications, Bullying
In response to reported harassment, harassing communications, and bullying, Student Affairs will conduct an investigation. If parties are found guilty, they will go before Student Court and will adhere to the findings of the Court, which could include suspension or expulsion.
Anyone found guilty of any type of gang activity will be expelled from this University.
Kentucky law prohibits the use of hazing on any college and university and requires the expulsion of those persons found to have engaged in such hazing.
Anyone found guilty of assault will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Student Court will review the charges and impose a court verdict.