Students at the University of Kansas could be issued a $500 fine or serve jail time for hosting house parties after the city of Lawrence approved making large group gathering a municipal offense.
The Lawrence city commission voted to approve the ordinance, making hosting such gatherings a violation of municipal code as they could endanger the public health, according to Lawrence Journal-World. Police will now have the authority to issue $500 tickets to individuals who violate orders such as limits on large gatherings, Vice Mayor Brad Finkeldei told Campus Reform.
Since the University of Kansas has offered students the choice of returning to campus, the number of house parties has risen in the city, resulting in a growing concern from local residents. Citizens had also questioned why local officials had not implemented measures to resolve the social distancing by students, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.