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Office of the President Letter to Parents October 26_04

University of Vermont
Office of the President

 

Date: October 26, 2004

To: UVM Parents

From: Daniel Mark Fogel, President

Re: Campus Disturbance


Regrettably, the Redstone Campus of the University of Vermont was the scene of a riot in the early morning hours of Thursday, October 21, following the Red Sox playoff victory over the Yankees. Thankfully, there were no injuries.

I have sent a very clear message to the student body that destructive behavior such as occurred last week simply will not be tolerated at the University of Vermont, and that students who participate in such unlawful activity face serious consequences.

I want to update you on our response to that incident and the steps being taken here both to minimize the likelihood of a recurrence and to ensure that we are prepared to take every safe and effective measure to maintain order should the need arise.

Five students have been arrested for their involvement and also face University judicial action. The charges include aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, arson, and impeding a police officer. We are continuing the police investigation and expect additional charges in the near future. We have set up a web site (www.uvm.edu/police and follow the link marked "Riot Photos") asking the help of the UVM community in identifying those involved. I believe that the resulting citations and other disciplinary actions will help to reinforce the message that this type of action is intolerable.

At the same time, we are reviewing our response to the incident, making appropriate adjustments as seems advisable, comparing notes with other campuses, and exploring alternative venues for students safely to enjoy the remainder of the World Series.

We also believe that parents and others can play important roles in preventing this kind of behavior. As a UVM parent, I hope that you might consider a phone call or e-mail to your student with an appropriate parental caution against participating in or even being near the scene of rowdy post-game gatherings that can quickly escalate out of control.

We are of course thankful that no one was injured in last week's disturbance, and we intend to keep it that way. The safety of our students remains our number one priority.

I also want to point out that the students responsible are only a small fraction of the larger UVM student body. Many students are voicing their contempt for this kind of behavior, which they understand reflects poorly on all.

As I said in my message last week to the University community, it is a sad statement in our society that so many of these celebrations of athletic success turn into dangerous and destructive events. I hope you will support our efforts to prevent a recurrence by communicating directly with your student.

If you have comments or suggestions on further actions we might consider, please let me know via email at Daniel.Fogel@uvm.edu.

Last modified October 27 2004 10:40 AM

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