DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – University of Dayton officials say three people were arrested during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations Monday. All three were led away from the 400 block of Lowes Street around 6 pm in handcuffs. Dayton police also say 10-12 citations were issued. There is no information yet on whether any of those arrested or cited were UD students.
Police stationed themselves along Lowes Street near campus Monday afternoon as St. Patrick’s Day revelers began to gather. But as of 9 pm, most people had gone inside. However officials say officers will stay in the area all night.
The university spent the last two weeks warning students about the consequences of any trouble this weekend.
It sent letters to students on February 27 that toughened guidelines and laid out expectations for students’ behavior.
The guidelines included no outsiders being allowed in residence halls and making it clear that students living in university owned houses are responsible for any outside guests.
Then, on March 4, the university showed off various pamphlets about drinking and what can happen if someone is arrested. It included the loss of scholarship money and expulsion.
It also offered a web site for students to take part in non-alcoholic activities offered on campus. Functions like neon dodge ball at the RecPlex and events on the university’s ArtStreet were among the offerings.
The extra precautions come a year after a disturbance in the UD neighborhood many students call The Ghetto.
Police in riot gear responded to the 400 block of Kiefaber Street early Sunday morning, March 17, 2013 when a large crowd started throwing bottles, beer cans and rocks that damaged police cruisers and shattered windows.
A student at the time, Emily Kaylor, told 2 NEWS, “I really was just shock at what was happening. Confusion over what was actually happening and why it was happening.”
Seven people were arrested. None of them were students.
45 students were disciplined by the university.
Some students complained of excessive force. University President, Dan Curran, spoke exclusively with 2 NEWS shortly after. While he condemned what happened, he said officers went too far in getting the crowd under control.
Dr. Curran said during that interview in 2013, “I don’t think that students who were standing by themselves deserve to be pushed with shields, struck, that is not the way the University of Dayton is going to approach this.”
Several fires were started back in 1992. That came a year after another rock and bottle throwing incident and more arson fires in 1990.
The university started having students take spring break over the St. Patrick’s Day week for ten years afterward.
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