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U.D. Cracks Down on Students for St. Patrick's Day Weekend
DAYTON -- After a huge riot at the University of Dayton on St. Patrick's day last year, police are going to be a lot more strict on students and on campus community members this weekend.
"It got very out-of-control," said U.D. sophomore Colleen McShane. "People had 40s and when they would finish them, they would throw them in the street. It started with one or two smashing and then people started throwing them cars and stuff. The swat team had to be called it was crazy."
What happened this time last year on UD's campus is still fresh on students' minds.
"It was a little disturbing," said sophomore Chris Zimmer. "A few kids cost something bad and hurt our reputation.
Now this year all of UD police and some of Dayton police will be on hand to keep the St. Patty's day celebrations under control. And the students are getting plenty of warnings beforehand.
"They've been having forms for students to come in and ask questions," said Zimmer. "They've had posters in every single hallway that I walk through around the dorms and we've been receiving emails. Our parents were sent letters regarding the rules and what could happen if someone gets in trouble.
"Your not allowed to have guest in the dorms because they found that a lot of the issues live with the guest last year," said McShane.
"It started last night and it will continue until Tuesday," said Zimmer.
"If you do get in trouble they can potentially take a scholarship away and I think that is very forceful and I personally don't want to mess with that at all so I think it's going to be different this year and not near that level," said McShane.
And students have mixed feelings about the strict rules.
"It's not a bad idea after what happened last year," said Zimmer. "It's very appropriate."
"I think it's important that the school makes it clear that they are taking this very seriously but I think it's a little bit excessive," said McShane.
And to go even further, "I heard that the teachers were asked to give more homework and quizzes and projects to be due on Monday and Tuesday and that time-frame to encourage people to come to class and be responsible," said freshman Josh Tumbusch said. "I've never had a quiz in class on Monday until Monday he said I will be the first one."
All of the University's efforts around St. Patrick's Day are aimed at keeping students safe and healthy and helping them make responsible decisions while having fun.
Events like last year are harmful for students and harmful for the University. Many members of the campus community -- students, faculty, staff and alumni -- were embarrassed by what happened last year. The entire campus community has a responsibility to protect each other and protect the reputation of the University.
St. Patrick's Day is not a University holiday, nor does the University sanction any celebrations. We do have a responsibility to help keep our students safe. Many problems result from visitors who aren't as invested as our students in keeping the campus community safe. Preparations include:
The University will have an increased presence of public safety and student development staff in residence halls and student neighborhoods. We are working with Dayton and Sinclair Community College police and the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.
Public safety and residence life staffs will be strictly enforcing all laws, the student code of conduct and University policies including disruptive and disorderly conduct, building occupancy limits, as well as high-risk drinking behaviors such as underage drinking, false IDs and distribution to minors.
Students will be held responsible for their behavior and could be cited through court and student discipline systems. Sanctions include fines, educational programs, disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion and possible criminal charges. Loss of merit scholarship can result from a first violation this weekend.
Nonstudents found in violation will be cited, removed from campus and ordered not to return under trespassing laws. If they return, they will be arrested.
In many areas of campus, parking will be restricted. During the weekend, visitor parking will be limited; students, faculty and staff may only park in their assigned lots. Violators may be towed. Oakwood will be strictly enforcing parking regulations and vehicles will be towed.
Students are required to have their University of Dayton IDs at all times.
No guests will be permitted in residence halls from March 13-17 and residents will enter only through the front doors of their halls.
Student Development sent a letter to every student, asking them to be safe and reminding them of the consequences of their actions as well as the actions of their guests. Students are expected to adhere to the University of Dayton code of conduct and local, state and federal laws. Parents and guardians will also receive letters asking for their support.
In the weeks leading up to St. Patrick's Day, prevention and education initiatives on alcohol awareness, sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention are being emphasized. During the weekend
Letter from Vice President for Student Development, Associate Vice President for Student Development, and Dean of Students:
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, our goal is to ensure that you - and all UD students - stay safe and healthy. To do your part in keeping our community strong, we encourage you to make good decisions and consider the potential consequences of your actions. Remember, the choices you make reflect on not only your reputation, but also that of the University, which can ultimately affect the value of your degree.
To help you have a safe weekend and ensure our community continues to be one we are all proud of, we encourage you to:
Act responsibly. Follow the policies in the student handbook (go.udayton.edu/studenthandbook), including carrying your University ID card at all times, respecting building occupancy limits and making responsible decisions related to alcohol.
Treat yourself and others with respect. Sexual assaults, physical assaults, vandalism, destruction of property and other violations of our community standards will not be tolerated. If you observe behavior that's dangerous or concerning, say something - or contact public safety for assistance.
Follow the law. Behaviors that violate Ohio law, the University's alcohol policy and/or our community standards can result in criminal charges, fines, educational programs, disciplinary probation or suspension. Loss of your merit scholarships can also result from your first violation.
Please be aware that the guest policy will be fully enforced during the holiday weekend. Should you host guests, you will be held responsible for their actions and could face disciplinary action as a result of their poor conduct.
Everyone at the University is committed to your health and safety and to ensuring that the University's reputation and the value of your degree continue to remain high. Please make sure you are doing your part, too.
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