UD considers changes following riot

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Credit: Marshall Gorby

The University of Dayton will conduct a comprehensive review and consider everything from scheduling spring break at St. Patrick’s Day to banning large gatherings in university-owned houses.

The review follows a rowdy St. Patrick’s Day adjacent to campus during which more than 1,000 people were involved in a riot.

Student citations ranged from underage possession of alcohol to disorderly behavior, Bill Fischer, vice president for student development, said Monday.

Over the course of the weekend, 24 non-UD students were charged through the courts, mostly for underage drinking, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Seven of the 24 non-University students were physically arrested, according to Bruce Burt, director of public safety.

In addition, public safety officers cited 45 students through the university’s student conduct system for violations ranging from underage possession of alcohol to disorderly behavior. Sanctions could include a warning, probation or suspension, Fischer said. Fourteen of the 45 students also received court citations.

The review will take three to six months, Fischer said.

“All options are on the table,” he said. “The range of sanctions could be anywhere from a warning to probation to suspension.”

The riot in what is known as the UD ghetto left broken beer bottles and 11 damaged cars, including a police cruiser, on Kiefaber Street, according to a university official.

“We would describe what happened as a disturbance, said Andy Booher, a city of Dayton police lieutenant. “It was quickly contained because of the response by university police and other jurisdictions.”

Witnesses reported students jumping on top of cars, throwing glass beer bottles into the street and yelling at police officers.

UD Police were dispatched sometime between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. in response to a fire alarm, said Teri Rizvi, associate vice president for university communications. When officers arrived, they were met by a large crowd who threw bottles at them. University police called the Dayton Police Department for assistance.

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center received a call at about 4:44 a.m. related to a large crowd throwing glass bottles. Shortly before 5 a.m., police from law enforcement agencies in Dayton, Five Rivers Metro Park, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miami Twp., Montgomery County, Moraine, Oakwood, Riverside, Trotwood and Vandalia responded to the 400 block of Kiefaber Street near Lawnview Avenue.

At about 6:30 a.m., the area was brought back under control by police.

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