KSU fires back about students dropped from classes


by Brooke Hasch


Posted on January 19, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 20 at 12:17 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11)-- Kentucky State University officials are fighting back after local media reported the school booted hundreds of its students from classes this week.

KSU students say they received an email from the school Wednesday night stating they were dropped from classes and could not return if they did not pay the balance on their bill by Friday, a day they say came without warning.

Officials refused on-camera interviews and would not comment in person during WHAS 11’s visit to campus Thursday.

However, on Friday, KSU officials wrote a post on the school's Website, saying, "reports that students have been kicked off campus, kicked out of dorms and not communicated to ahead of time are inaccurate."

KSU went on to say staff members are "taking an all-hands-on-deck approach" and "working continuously to help students resolve any account issues since the fall semester."

The post listed what KSU called inaccuracies in local reports:

• Hundreds of students at Kentucky State University said they were told to get their belongings and get off of school property after they were abruptly dropped from classes, dorm rooms and meal plans following an e-mail notification Wednesday night.
• Several hundred students at Kentucky State University have been kicked out of school for owing money.
• Hundreds of students say they are out in the cold.
• The students say they were caught off guard not expecting such swift action.
• Some students at Kentucky State University being told to pack up and head out, over bills.
• Hundreds of students say they were kicked out of class, given 72 hours to leave their dorms, to leave campus.
• The news came as a surprise to students who say they did not get enough notice from the university to pay. Students also say they had no idea they would be booted out.

"During required meetings in early November, KSU students were encouraged to visit the university's Bursar's Office for a review of their current account information. They were also given information about how to pay and continue their education at KSU. A distributed brochure titled "The KSU Student Balance Required Payment Schedule" provides information about the university's payment schedule and students' responsibility for payment," the statement read.

Balances owed to the university are not limited to tuition costs; students who owed fines for parking tickets were also dropped from classes if they had not made the required payment on their balance.