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Ohio University statement regarding Athens Halloween incidents

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2003) -- We are very concerned about the increase in unruly behavior surrounding this year's Halloween celebration in Athens. Most in attendance behaved responsibly, but too many did not. While most of those identified as offenders were not Ohio University students, we remain concerned that guests of our students and other visitors to Athens have threatened the safety of the community.

According to information provided to us by Athens Police Department, of 79 individuals arrested and processed on Friday and Saturday through the mass-booking procedure set up for the Halloween Celebration, 12 were Ohio University students.

We will provide arrest information on college and university students from other campuses to the judicial offices on those campuses. Those arrested include students from 21 other colleges and universities.

We are gathering information about incidents on and off-campus that involved Ohio University students. In addition to facing criminal charges, any Ohio University students who were found to have violated our Student Code of Conduct will have their cases reviewed by University Judiciaries, which can levy penalties ranging from a letter of reprimand to expulsion from the university.

We appreciate the efforts of Ohio University and Athens Police Departments, the Athens Fire Department, and other law enforcement agencies from around the region who worked diligently to insure the safety of the campus, the community and their residents. University and community volunteers, University staff, and city employees contributed greatly as well. Hundreds of personnel contributed time and energy in an attempt to limit the negative effects of the celebration.

In light of this weekend's incidents, we will be reviewing our approach to the Athens Halloween Celebration and working with city officials to discuss the impact of the event on the campus and community.

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