UD officials release statement regarding NCAA celebrations

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton erupted in celebration following the Flyers win over Syracuse Saturday night in the NCAA tournament.

2 NEWS obtained the following statement from the University of Dayton:

“The University is incredibly proud of our men’s basketball team and will be cheering on our women today as they take the stage in the NCAA tournament.

UD students celebrated the Flyers’ victory over Syracuse to advance to the Sweet 16 by gathering in several locations in the south student neighborhood immediately after the game.

University President Daniel Curran said he went into the neighborhood to monitor and calm the gathering and encourage students to celebrate responsibly. He was spontaneously lifted on their shoulders. ‘The students were jubilant and came together to enjoy this moment. We don’t encourage or condone the behavior that went beyond the limits of a responsible celebration and we will continue to educate and encourage students to make choices that promote safety throughout the community.’

‘The University of Dayton public safety and the other police did an outstanding job and I commend them,’ he said.

According to University of Dayton public safety, the crowd disbursed quickly and peacefully when police gave an order to clear the streets around 1 a.m. There were at least five minor injuries and one person was transported to the hospital with an injury. Several cars on Kiefaber Street were damaged. Three fire incidents on the streets were contained and extinguished quickly. During the evening, five people were arrested, including four students. Those students will be charged through the courts and the University’s student conduct system.

We will continue to remind our students that as our men and women student-athletes are representing the University well on the national stage, our joy in their victories should be smart, responsible and represent the best of UD.”




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