DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Following a melee during St. Patrick's Day celebrations at the University of Dayton that left cars damaged and streets littered with glass and beer cans, the university has banned large gatherings that are not university-sponsored Sunday.
Vice President for Student Development William Fischer and UD's Director of Public Safety Bruce Burt sent this e-mail to students Sunday:
"Out of concern for safety, large non-University-sponsored gatherings will not be permitted today.
No one was injured during a disturbance on Kiefaber Street early this morning after public safety officers responded to a false fire alarm. One non-student was arrested, and several cars, including a police cruiser, were damaged. Several area police jurisdictions responded, and the disturbance was quickly contained. We thank area police for their responsiveness to this situation.
While the vast majority of students were not involved in this incident, the behavior is unacceptable and disappointing. We want to ensure that any St. Patrick's Day celebrations on campus today are safe. Students are expected to comply with any requests from public safety officers or other University officials. Students also are expected to comply with our Community Standards of Behavior, and will be held accountable for non-compliance.
SI and D lots will be closed. Other campus parking lots will be monitored and access-controlled to provide adequate parking for students, faculty, staff and visitors for Masses, workshops, theater productions and other University events today. A number of non-alcohol events, such as cookouts, movies, bowling and pizza gatherings, will be held across campus. Please see "Porches" for a complete schedule.
We are all part of a close-knit community. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of all."
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