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Kent State Students Could be Dismissed for 'College Fest' Arrest

11 students, one- third of those arrested, will have case reviewed in student conduct hearing

Students at accounted for one-third of the total 33 arrests made by Kent Police during "" Saturday.

And all 11 students will have their charges reviewed by university officials.

Kent State spokesperson Emily Vincent said the students will face a university hearing through the Kent State Office of Student Conduct following their charges in Portage County Municipal Court.

"If found responsible, each individual student could face disciplinary probation, suspension and/or dismissal," Vincent said.

Police stepped in to quell , held to celebrate the end of the school year, after several fights and assualts occured. Police formed a skirmish line at about 7 p.m. to clear and close down East College Avenue using tear gas and sting balls filled with rubber pellets.

Of those 33 total arrested, the charges included: nine people were charged with failure to disperse; eight people were charged with underage drinking; five were charged with disorderly conduct; three were charged with driving drunk and two were charged with felonious assault, according to police.

Capt. Paul Canfield said they're cooperating fully with the university in cases where students were involved.

"We’re not done investigating this," Canfield said. "If people have specific information regarding people who committed crimes, specifically assaults, the bottle throwing, those types of things, we would like them to call the Kent Police Department with that identifying information."

Jack Kelly April 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Comparing what happened to members of a HIGH SCHOOL squad to this is apples and oranges. It's not even close. Secondly, there have been parties at Kent, Akron & OU for many years -- and quite a few of them involve police. The only people who are claiming this is going to affect the "reputation" of the city and school and people like you. This was an off-campus party that involved some KSU students around KSU. The people who think that students should be kicked out of school for an OFF-CAMPUS party are pathetic. KSU would be ridiculous to even try to kick the students out of school. Unless they wanna pee-away money they'll lose in lawsuits.
Patrick C. Mackin April 25, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Prosecution, with fines and potential jail time, is quite sufficient punishment. There's no need for the school to pile on with additional punishment.
Stephanie April 25, 2012 at 06:56 PM
To Jack.....AMEN! That is exactly what I was saying!!
Kristen April 25, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your stance, Kent State University does have a right and responsibility to discipline its students, in accordance with University Policy. You can find the relevant information in KSU's Policy Register under Chapter 4-02 "University Policy Regarding Administration of Student Conduct" Section C, 1(a), which states, "The student conduct policy shall apply to conduct occurring on University premises, at University sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment. The Code of Student Conduct shall apply to a student's conduct even if the student withdraws from the University while a disciplinary matter is pending." Section E, 3 of Chapter 4 also states that Offenses of the policy also include, "Behavior deemed detrimental or disruptive to the university community and/or prohibited by local, state, or federal laws." Since Section C, 1(a) includes in the language of the policy "off-campus conduct conduct that adversely affects the university community" which includes College Avenue, KSU must follow through with disciplinary action in accordance with policy.
Kristen April 25, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your stance, Kent State University does have a right and responsibility to discipline its students, in accordance with University Policy. You can find the relevant information in KSU's Policy Register under Chapter 4-02 "University Policy Regarding Administration of Student Conduct" Section C, 1(a), which states, "The student conduct policy shall apply to conduct occurring on University premises, at University sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment. The Code of Student Conduct shall apply to a student's conduct even if the student withdraws from the University while a disciplinary matter is pending." Section E, 3 of Chapter 4 also states that Offenses of the policy also include, "Behavior deemed detrimental or disruptive to the university community and/or prohibited by local, state, or federal laws." Since Section C, 1(a) includes in the language of the policy "off-campus conduct conduct that adversely affects the university community" which includes College Avenue, KSU must follow through with disciplinary action in accordance with policy.

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