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Safety Concerns and Request for Assistance

Posted Apr. 24, 2012

On Saturday, April 21, activities at an off-campus party held on East College Avenue in Kent turned into a dangerous situation for participants as numerous fights broke out, which also included bottle throwing. Many photos and videos have been electronically posted that show participants throwing bottles – sometimes full, unopened bottles – at others, including the police. If you can identify anyone in the photos creating a dangerous situation, please contact the Kent Police Department at 330-673-7732. 
This behavior will not be tolerated, and any Kent State University students that were arrested will be charged through the Kent Municipal Court and will receive a university hearing through the Office of Student Conduct as well. If found responsible, each individual student could face disciplinary probation, suspension and/or dismissal.
This past weekend’s activities represented a small number of students, however, the impact of the actions of a few reflects on all of us. While the university certainly understands students’ desire to celebrate the end of the school year, our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of participants, the police and other emergency personnel. We support the city in its efforts to keep celebrations safe for everyone involved and hope we can work together to avoid this situation in the future.