The University of Dayton will restrict residence hall visitors from March 13 to 17, as part of a plan to maintain order and keep students safe during anticipated St. Patrick’s Day festivities, officials said Tuesday.
Last year, more than 1,000 people were involved in a “disruptive, disorderly and destructive” event that “came out of nowhere,” said Bruce Burt, director of public safety and police chief at the university.
The event in UD’s student housing area known as the UD ghetto, left broken beer bottles and 11 damaged cars including a police cruiser on Kiefaber Street. Police from multiple jurisdictions responded to the event. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are not university-sanctioned, Burt added.
Since last year, officials have been discussing plans to address this year’s celebration, including meeting with a Philadelphia-based consultant who offered suggestions for improving university response.
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