University of New Hampshire Officials Suspend Additional Student Following Downtown Melee Oct. 16
Contact: Kim Billings
UNH Media Relations
Oct. 21, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. – Following quickly on the heels of last week’s
announcement of interim suspensions of several University of New
Hampshire students, officials today announced another student has
been suspended, pending the outcome of a student conduct hearing.
The student was identified from a videotape of last week’s
downtown melee, according to Mark Rubinstein, UNH vice president
for student and academic services.
Students who are interim suspended are not allowed on-campus,
to live in residence
halls, or to attend classes, pending the outcome of student conduct
hearings. Scholarships are also placed on hold. An interim suspension
can be imposed when a student poses a threat to the community.
“We will continue to review photographs and videotapes and
if students can be identified, we will make them accountable for
their actions,” said UNH President Ann Weaver Hart. “We
will not be idle. We will continue to actively seek out students
involved in last week’s melee. If they are found responsible,
they will be sanctioned in accordance with our student code of
Hart added she has called for a complete review of the student
conduct system, “so we can act even more swiftly and decisively
when faced with outrageous student behavior.”
University and town officials worked for more than two weeks in
anticipation of the American League baseball play-offs. Decisions
were made by both the town and UNH that were based on feedback
from last month's student summit, including downplaying the police
presence and providing a safe place for students to celebrate.
In addition, UNH student leaders spent the past two weeks talking
one-on-one with other students in residence halls and off-campus
apartments, raising the awareness of the university's expectation
for responsible celebrations and the consequences of high-risk
and illegal behavior.
The UNH spokesperson is Mark Rubinstein
UNH Phone: (603) 862-2053