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Statement issued April 26 (Released: 4/26/98)

Office of University Communications.

Chancellor Mark A. Emmert today issued the following statement on behalf of the University of Connecticut:

"During the past three days, UConn's traditional University Weekend was marred by disturbances that threatened the safety of students, police officers and others, and resulted in damaged property.

"These disturbances occurred despite the best efforts and hard work of University students and staff to offer University Weekend programming that would provide UConn students with a safe and enjoyable alternative to off-campus activities. Planning efforts also involved the Connecticut State Police, town officials, neighbors and area landlords.

The disturbances occurred both on and off campus. Some University facilities were vandalized and automobiles damaged. Some officers and students were treated for minor injuries. The University will discipline offending students according to the provisions of the student code of conduct.

The Connecticut State Police and University Police acted prudently and professionally in their efforts to ensure the safety of the University community.

We are presently considering the future of University Weekend. Decisions about the future will take into account the recent history of University Weekend and will reflect our position that the University will not condone or sanction any activities which threaten the safety of students, neighbors or public safety personnel.

The vast majority of UConn students acted responsibly and it is regrettable that the University community has been impacted by the unacceptable behavior of some students during the weekend."