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24 UK workers on administrative leave due to COVID-19 policy

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (LEX 18) — 24 University of Kentucky employees have been placed on unpaid administrative leave for failing to adhere to the university’s COVID-19 testing policy.

British spokesman Jay Blanton says those workers have “never been in compliance with our vaccine and testing protocols” since the testing requirement was announced earlier this semester.

The university also says that 146 students also fail the test requirements. Blanton says those students will not be able to enroll in classes and will no longer have access to university events, campus buildings and meal plans.

If an employee or student is not vaccinated, they must be tested weekly for COVID-19 or face disciplinary action. Blanton says 26,523 students and more than 20,710 employees must be tested weekly or provide proof of vaccination to the university.

Blanton says, incidentally, the university has had “remarkable compliance” and nearly 90% of the campus has been vaccinated.

“The vast majority of the rest of our campus community tests under our protocols,” he said.

The following numbers of employees have failed to comply with the university’s COVID-19 testing policy as of last week:

  • One week non-compliant: 16
  • Two weeks of non-compliance: 9
  • Three weeks non-compliant: 8
  • Four weeks non-compliant: 5
  • Five weeks non-compliant: 5
  • Six weeks non-compliant: 24

The following numbers of students have failed to comply with the university’s COVID-19 testing policy as of last week:

  • One week non-compliant: 4
  • Two weeks non-compliant: 24
  • Three weeks non-compliant: 52
  • Four weeks non-compliant: 75
  • Five weeks non-compliant: 69
  • Six weeks non-compliant: 70
  • Seven weeks out of action: 146

Blanton said no students have been suspended for failing to comply with COVID-19 testing policy. However, anyone who does not comply with the rules since the beginning of the semester will receive an interim suspension at the beginning of the spring semester.

“They will be told this week that they will be suspended next semester if they do not follow our protocols,” Blanton said. “This is in line with how we’ve handled some other suspensions, which in some cases start at the beginning of a semester.”

He says the students with the highest levels of non-compliance, for the most part, don’t come to campus.