Students talk safety following fights at University of Pikeville

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - Following fights on campus last week, several students no longer attend the University of Pikeville. That is the message from UPike President James Hurley. WYMT talked with two concerned students who say they feel safe on campus but still have questions about what happened.

On Monday, everything looked like business as usual on the University of Pikeville's campus. And senior Brandon Hall said they usually feel safe on campus.

"For the most part, I have felt rather secure on campus," said Hall.

Fellow-senior Stephen Campbell agrees.

"I have never had a reason to doubt my safety," said Campbell.

But last Thursday and Friday, that calm was disrupted by fights across campus.

"People were very afraid of what was going on. Nobody really understood what was happening," said Hall.

In a statement released by the university Monday, President Hurley said, "this administration will not tolerate inappropriate behavior". He went on to add that those involved were dismissed for violating school policy.

"If we are a little stricter, then this probably will not happen again. Since it has not happened before," said Campbell.

Hall said he feels safer now but wishes the administration would have informed students sooner about what happened. Hall added he did not receive any communication about the fights from the university until Monday.

"I want to know how the administration is going to react to the incidents," said Hall.

Hurley also said in the email that the university will not tolerate similar situations in the future.

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