ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 29, 2006) -- "I am glad that the City of Athens annual Halloween festivities last night were relatively uneventful and that no one was seriously hurt. The vast majority of our students and their guests enjoyed themselves in a safe, responsible manner.
"However, I am deeply disappointed that there were 82 people arrested last night for offenses such as disorderly conduct or underage consumption of alcohol. Of these, 23 were Ohio University students. The university expects every student to exercise personal and civic responsibility.
"In keeping with Ohio University policy, all of the students arrested last night will be referred to the university's disciplinary system. If they are found responsible of violating our Student Code of Conduct, they will receive sanctions from the university, in addition to any imposed by the municipal court.
"Depending on the nature of the offense, those sanctions can include: probation or suspension, fines, and referrals to alcohol and drug intervention programs. The parents of students who are under 21 and have fewer than 90 completed credit hours will be notified if their student is found responsible for an alcohol-related violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
"At the beginning of this academic year, Ohio University launched a new effort to curb high-risk drinking by educating students, offering alternative programming, and imposing penalties on those who break the law or violate the Student Code of Conduct. The university will continue that initiative, which is ultimately designed to improve the quality of the Ohio University experience for every student.
"Curbing high-risk drinking will require a multi-year effort. Although we have some early indications that the initiative is working, it is too soon to evaluate its overall effectiveness. The events of last night show us that the university must continue to work on this important initiative."
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Statement updated on Oct. 30, 2006.
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