NEWS EDITOR EMERITUS
Large social gatherings hosted by University students living on the 400 block of Clay Avenue drew the wrong kind of attention to the campus, a University administrator said.
Emails were sent by Interim Dean of Students Barbara King to residents who hosted large gatherings. The email cites two gatherings which were described as “disruptive, dangerous, disrespectful and poorly represented” The University community.
The first gathering was “Parade Day on Clay,” which according to the email, involved “excessively large crowds of more than 100 people” and “70 kegs of beer.” The second event cited was a large gathering on April 12. According to the email, residences “drew negative attention from law enforcement and neighbors.” The residences also had “many people crowding the streets in a manner that impeded the flow of traffic and involved dangerous behavior (i.e., individuals standing on roofs and overcrowding porches).” It also alleged that those in attendance “shouted obscenities toward cars and obstructed their travel up the street.”
The University, in cooperation with University Police, are investigating the events and students found responsible of violating the Off-Campus Behavior Policy. Students could face various sanctions including fines, suspension from The University, loss of the privileges of participating in Commencement exercises and/or Senior Week Activities, housing restrictions and mandatory meetings.
According to the Off-Campus Behavior Policy,
“The University’s jurisdiction in disciplinary matters extends to any conduct that adversely affects the University community, the University’s reputation and/or the pursuit of its mission and objectives regardless of where it occurs.”
King declined to comment on how many students received emails, how many houses were involved or how many neighbors made complaints to The University.
One Clay Avenue resident said that he understands The University’s concern but feels that the students are being targeted.
“Some kids are getting in trouble who didn’t ask for this. When we try to control what happens, it ends up getting out of our hands,” the resident said.
The resident went on to say that living on the street has become much more difficult.
“It seems like we have no privacy,” the resident said. “We can’t enjoy these last few weeks without being monitored.”
Another Clay Avenue resident said The University not only sent emails to those involved but also sent letters home to parents.
According to the conclusion of the email, students and their housemates should be on the same page regarding gatherings and should be accountable for their decisions.
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