DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) -A total of 39 people were arrested and 88 students were cited by the University of Dayton as the result of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
University offiicials say the violations over the 4-day event include; underage possession of alcohol, open container, public intoxication, and disorderly behavior.
Students who were cited could face a warning, probation, suspension or expulsion.
During the same weekend last year, 45 students faced disciplinary action, 11 cars were damaged and police in riot gear were called to control the large crowds.
UD’s Police Chief Bruce Burt attributes the higher number of arrests and citations this year to stricter enforcement and an extra day of celebrations.
But he says they didn’t see the destructive behavior they saw last year.
“We maybe exercised a little more discretion on other weekends. This weekend we were a little more hardlined to where we said we were going to be addressing violations as we see them and maybe issue a few less warnings. So, you might have seen the numbers increase a little bit but the rules didn’t change, an open container in a public space, is still an open container in a public space,” says Chief Burt.
Chief Burt says officers did issue some warnings for things like loud music and occupancy levels.
UD officials say they had good attendance at non-alcoholic events from the showing of the movie Frozen to dodgeball.
UD Police received helped from many surrounding police departments, including Oakwood, Sinclair and Dayton.
Dayton police say preparation helped control St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Lt. Andrew Booher tells 2 NEWS they only assisted a couple minor incidents, one involving an underage person who was going to be cited and threw a beer on a liquor control agent.
The Montgomery County clerk’s office tells 2 NEWS that the office was notified Wednesday that a 22-year-old University of Dayton student taken into custody was not charged. The student was arrested for attempted assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct.
The police report states that the student threw a 40 oz. beer bottle at three UD employees near the 400 block of Lowes Street around 1:40 p.m. Monday afternoon. University of Dayton police say the student was charged with violating the school’s code of conduct.
The victims are part of a group called Neighborhood Fellows. They were on campus trying to keep students calm and prevent rioting. A UD spokesperson tells 2 NEWS the group is part of the Division of Student Development. They are the equivalent of resident assistants for the student neighborhoods. The victims told police they believe that is why they were targeted. No one was hurt.
Lt. Booher says anyone who was cited was turned over to UD police so they could be dealt with administratively. He says anyone who was not a UD student was kicked off for trespassing.
Lt. Booher believes UD officials did an excellent job of trying to prevent problems like last year when 11 cars were smashed and broken glass littered the streets. 45 students were disciplined by UD after 2013′s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
“They reached out to our department, Sinclair Police helped but they did a lot of work with the student groups. So, the word was out what behavior was tolerated and what would not be tolerated. So, they new, all the students knew ahead of time that they were going to be proactive and make sure everybody enjoyed themselves but respectful of everybody else,” explains Lt. Booher.