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Parties lead to hearings for 6 West Virginia Univ. students

FILE - In this June 7, 2013, file photo, former Ohio State University president Gordon Gee gives his retirement speech during a board of trustees meeting in Columbus, Ohio. A viral ‘Little Sisters’ comment by Gee nearly eight years ago led to this week’s Top 25 marquee matchup between Ohio State and TCU. The Horned Frogs are now one of the Power Five teams in the Big 12. Gee is now West Virginia’s president and chairman of the Big 12 board of directors. And the Bowl Championship Series has since been replaced by the four-team College Football Playoff. When No. 15 TCU plays No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday night, Sept. 15, 2018, Gee may even have a different rooting interest. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Six West Virginia University students have been identified as part of an investigation into off-campus parties that were held in violation of school health and safety policies during the coronavirus pandemic.

The students face discipline hearings before the Office of Student Conduct, the university said in a news release. The hearings could lead to sanctions that include probation, suspension or expulsion.

“Students who think not wearing a mask one day or going to one party won’t make a difference, I can assure you that one decision can and will affect each of us,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said in a statement.

At least 107 West Virginia University students, faculty and staff have tested positive for the virus among about 19,300 tests given. Students must take the test before starting classes on campus.

In-person classes start Aug. 26 for freshmen, graduate and some professional students, while upperclassmen will start classwork online.

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