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Statement issued April 25 (Released: 4/25/98)

Office of University Communications.

Thomas Q. Callahan, associate vice president for Institutional Advancement, today issued the
following statement on behalf of the University of Connecticut:

"Last night, a disturbance at Carriage House, an apartment complex near the University of Connecticut, resulted in a series of events that threatened the safety of a number of students, police officers and others.

"This disturbance occurred despite the best efforts and hard work of University students and staff to offer on-campus events during University Weekend designed to provide UConn students with a safe and enjoyable alternative to off-campus activities that have marred the weekend in recent years. Planning efforts involved the Connecticut State Police, town officials, neighbors and area landlords.

"The Connecticut State Police and University Police acted prudently in their efforts to ensure the safety of the approximately 4000 to 5000 who had gathered at the off-campus apartment complex around midnight last night. The University is grateful to the Connecticut State Police for their professionalism and service.

"The disturbance was precipitated and exacerbated by a group within the crowd whose unacceptable behavior, which was marked by the throwing of rocks and bottles at police officers, threatened the safety of those present.

"To assure the continued safety of our students, to reassure the parents who have put their trust in us, and respecting the interests of residents of the town of Mansfield, University officials decided to cancel the remaining University Weekend events. The decision was made after consultation with town officials and the Connecticut State Police and is intended to send a clear message that the University can not and will not condone in any way, or even appear to sanction, activities which could threaten the safety of students and neighbors.

"The University Police will assist the Connecticut State Police in maintaining public safety for the remainder of the weekend."