HSU May Discipline Students Over Halloween Incident – November 4, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Plaza on Halloween. Photo courtesy Karen Nicole Echegaray


Campus May Discipline Students in Halloween Incident

Officials at Humboldt State University are investigating whether students could face campus discipline following a Halloween marred by extensive property damage and arrests in downtown Arcata.

Four students were arrested at or near the Arcata Plaza Monday evening. Arcata police reported that the Plaza was trashed by hundreds of unruly revelers, resulting in over 100 police calls and nearly 30 people being arrested. There were multiple medical calls for over-intoxication.

HSU President Rollin Richmond expressed his concern in a letter to Arcata’s mayor and city manager, stressing that the campus values its close relationship with the City.

“I want to assure you that we will be pursuing appropriate disciplinary action related to these events, where there are violations of our student code of conduct,” President Richmond wrote.

He continued, “While our students are adults and responsible for their own behavior, I want you to know that the HSU community very much regrets what happened. We will look at ways that we can prevent or mitigate this kind of behavior in the future.”


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