DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton sent letters to students this week asking them to mind their manners during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
The university says its goal is to ensure the safety and health of students.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at UD have gotten out of control in the past. Just last year, police officers donned riot gear to get the crowd under control.
2 NEWS was there as students were arrested and broken bottles littered the streets of the student neighborhood often referred to as ‘The Ghetto’. 45 students faced disciplinary action at the time. Seven people were arrested, but none were UD students. 11 cars were also damaged.
The university toughened its guidelines in the student handbook as a result.
The letter sent to students relates the following behavior it expects during St. Patrick Day celebrations:
- Act responsibly. Follow the policies in the student handbook 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 is 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.
Extra safety enforcement will be conducted in the residence halls. No external guests will be allowed in dorm rooms from March 13-17.
Students who live in UD owned housing could be held responsible for outside guests’ actions.
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday this year, but the university is targeting March 13 through March 17 as its biggest concern.