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West Virginia students get probation for COVID-19 violations

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 And the Bowl Championship Series has since been replaced by the four-team College Football Playoff.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) — Seventeen West Virginia University students have been placed on probation for conduct violations related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Office of Student Conduct made the decision following hearings for the students, the university said Wednesday in a statement.

An additional 15 students will undergo similar hearings and could face probation if found responsible, while another student with a history of repeated COVID-19 related violations could be suspended or expelled if found responsible, the statement said.

Classes on the Morgantown campus began Wednesday. Students began moving in earlier this month for the start of the fall semester. The university began identifying potential students involved in off-campus parties as part of an investigation into violations of health and safety policies.

“I want to thank the majority of our students who are doing the right things,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said.

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