DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- All eyes are on the University of Dayton ahead of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Chaos erupted in the 400 block of Kiefaber Street during last year’s celebrations. Police in full riot gear swarmed campus when people became unruly, jumping on cars and smashing bottles in the streets. Police arrested seven people, none attended the University. 45 students faced disciplinary action.
On Tuesday, University officials outlined their plans to keep party-goers under control this St. Patrick’s Day. Officials plan to educate its students on the importance of celebrating responsibly, crack down on non-students on campus and saturate its streets with additional police patrols.
The University of Dayton police department will be out in full force working 12 hour shifts. The department will also have assistance of other area police agencies.
“Our goal this year is to maintain control and keep people safe,” said Chris Schramm, who is the University’s dean of students. “We’ve sent out letters to students and parents. These letters outline our expectations and consequences if rules are not followed. We’ve also distributed educational flyers, encouraging students to celebrate responsibly. ”