FRANKFORT, Ky. ― Roughly 200 students at Kentucky State University were cutting class this last week, but not getting in trouble for it.
The school had cut classes for them.
The Frankfort university sent an email to hundreds of students on Wednesday saying they had been dropped from their courses and would have until the late registration date on Friday to make a minimum payment on their accounts.
University spokeswoman Felicia Lewis told The State-Journal that the students received the notices because they did not make their minimum required payment as part of the new KSU Student Balance Required Payment Schedule. Lewis said she can’t confirm the number of students who have been dropped from university courses.
“If they’re not registered in classes they don’t stay in the dorms,” Lewis said.
The KSU Student Balance Required Payment Schedule is designed to require students to pay off a portion of the balance on their account that has accumulated from previous semesters.
Lewis said the university is working to assist students.
“We’re just focusing on the students who haven’t paid and doing whatever we can to help them continue their education this semester,” Lewis said.
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.
For juniors Morgan McCullough and Alishea Brown, who at 11 a.m. had been standing in line at the Bursar Office for 90 minutes and still had a ways to go, it was a different situation to settle balances.
McCullough said she was already on a payment schedule with the school and had signed a contract. She said once the semester started and the KSU Student Balance Required Payment Schedule kicked in she was told her contract was voided and she must now follow the new guidelines, which caused her to be dropped from classes.
Brown said the Bursar Office had made some mistakes during the calculation of her balance and was waiting in line to work those out.
Marcia Duke, a nursing senior, aid her graduation status was also dropped when her classes were dropped.
“I graduate in May so this is important to me,” she said.