ATHENS, Ohio (April 4, 2004) -- Time change weekend, April 3-4, in Athens was uneventful with no arrests related to individuals trying to occupy the street and no disturbance reported. The cold weather combined with Athens Police Department efforts to prevent crowds from gathering outside bars combined with fewer students choosing to visit Court Street led to a situation where no crowd ever assembled and no group conflict with police ever developed.
Due to increased enforcement presence by officers from the Athens Police Department and Ohio University Police Department, a number of students were arrested for minor violations that are typical on weekends in Athens.
"Students were very aware of our concerns and cooperated with police over the course of the night. I think that the collaborative planning by the City and the University and the advance educational campaign contributed to an uneventful time change in Athens," Dean of Students Terry Hogan said.
Prior to this weekend, the university took an aggressive approach to apprise students of what constitutes risky behavior and the consequences of misbehavior. Prior to spring break, letters were sent to the parents and guardians of all Ohio University students asking their assistance in encouraging students to make wise decisions. Upon their return to campus from spring break, students received email messages that encouraged them to act responsibly and to use good judgment. Both communications spelled out possible consequences of inappropriate and unlawful behavior.
The university and City of Athens have been working collaboratively to curb disturbances. Both the Athens Police Department and the Ohio University Police Department have had increased patrols since Halloween.
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