UD tells students: ‘Follow the law’ ahead of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton is encouraging students to celebrate responsibly during this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

University officials say they wants to avoid another scene like last year.

“We cannot have a repeat of last year,” UD police chief Rodney Chatman said. “Officers were assaulted. Students were in harm’s way.”

Dean of Students Christine Schramm added: “Be safe. Be smart. Follow university policies and procedures and follow the law.”

During last year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations, police showed up in riot gear.

Broken bottles and empty beer cans lined the streets and students were standing on roofs.

UD said a large crowd was throwing things at officers and not responding to police commands.

Back in 2013 there was another St Patrick’s Day riot. Cars were vandalized and police in riot gear made several arrests.

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