Expulsions Could Result From Fort Collins Street Party-Turned Riot
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Officials with Colorado State University are cooperating with local police while conducting their own investigation on Saturday night’s block party.
They want to send a message to everyone involved that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.
Dean of Students Jody Donavan said the university has zero tolerance for such activity and that anyone found guilty through the courts system of participating in the riot will not be allowed to attend any university or college in the state of Colorado.
“Once we go through everything and make a determination based on the investigation if there are criminal charge to be done then we will do it,” said Fort Collins Police Chief John Hutto.
Disciplinary action could range from from separation from the university to expulsion.
Fort Collins police are also reviewing videos and photos of the party to narrow down who will be charged with rioting. Police had to use tear gas and fired rubber bullets in an effort to calm things down.
According to university officials, since 2010 CSU has suspended 107 students and nine were explelled.
“We are very involved in finding out what happened and how our students may have been involved. We have zero tolerance,” said CSU spokesman Mike Hooker.
Some CSU students CBS4 interviewed on Monday said they are confident the school will follow through with disciplinary action.
“They do seem very adamant about sticking to what they are saying,” one student said.
“I think it made us look really bad, and that’s not a reflection to the university as a whole. I think there are a lot of students here that thought it was really stupid, so I really do hope they follow through with it and I think they will,” said another.
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– Written by Nina Sparano for CBSDenver.com