University vows to hold students accountable

MINNEAPOLIS - As Dinkytown moved forward Sunday, there were many who could not help but look back, even if it was with disappointment.

"We're trying to make the university a better place and look better and be more comfortable for people, and then you see a select few who come through and destroy it all," said Mike Schmit, U of M class president.

Schmit, a junior finance major from St. Joseph, believes Saturday night does not make the university look good, even though the majority of the student body did nothing wrong.

"There were 19 arrests, we have 50,000 students on campus," he said. "For the people who can think critically about what happened (Saturday) night, there are always a group of people who are out to cause problems."

In a statement Sunday, the university reiterated that point.

"It is important to remember that we have more than 50,000 students at the University's Twin Cities campus. Only a small percentage of those gathered in Dinkytown and an even smaller number engaged in unacceptable behavior," it read.

And while he's not condoning the actions of his fellow students, Schmit wonders if the increased police and media presence last night played any role.

"Three hundred police in the area, media all over the place, I don't know if that contributed to what happened, but it was almost like it was expected that students go out and riot," he said.

University officials vowed once again Sunday that the school would hold students accountable.

"If a student is found responsible for violating the Conduct Code, sanctions range from a warning to suspension or expulsion," the statement read.

Police will rely, in part, on images captured by surveillance cameras still located in the area Sunday, one of the few reminders of a raucous Saturday night.

"I'm disappointed," said Schmit.


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