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DAYTON - The University of Dayton is implementing new rules in the wake of the chaotic and sometimes violent celebrations there in March that resulted in 32 arrests and nine police officers being injured.
It took 350 officers from UD, Dayton, Five Rivers MetroParks, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the Ohio State Patrol, Brookville, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miami Twp., Riverside, Oakwood, Sinclair Community College and Vandalia to control the thousands of revelers who took to the streets to celebrate wins by the Flyers in the NCAA men's basketball tournament the nights of March 22, 27 and 29. That police presence cost $57,107.69 in overtime, $41,444.22 of which was shelled out by Miami Valley taxpayers and won't be reimbursed. The university paid its own officers $15,663.47 in overtime to patrol during the celebrations, according to a Dayton police after-action report released exclusively to the Dayton Daily News on Monday.
The Dayton police report made several recommendations to improve safety and to hold students accountable if they are found acting out during such incidents. While university officials said they only received the report Tuesday, they said they're already making changes.
"The University always is exploring ways to improve how we keep students safe and healthy, and help them make responsible decisions while having fun during celebrations," officials said in a statement. "Prior to the report, the University either implemented or explored all of the report's recommendations...."
Some of those changes include:
? Communicating to students that the university will strictly enforce all laws, the student code of conduct and university policies, including disruptive and disorderly conduct, building occupancy limits, as well as high-risk drinking behaviors such as underage drinking, false IDs and distribution to minors. ? Providing alternative off-campus parking. ? Annual review of lighting in the student neighborhood. ? Encouraging retailers to sell beer in plastic bottles.