Warning to U of M students: Drunken riots could ruin your life


The University of Minnesota community is still furious about the events that unfolded on one Dinkytown block this weekend. Kids got too drunk (that's what happens when you start boozing at 9 AM) and decided it would be fun to start a street bonfire and try to tip over a car. Oh yeah, and then they started throwing things at cops. Smart.

Well, lesson learned. Students that were arrested could face penalties on campus for their off-campus behavior (thanks to the hockey riots) including expulsion. The tenants that hosted the large party on the block that spilled into the street are now facing eviction as soon as Thursday for violating their lease.

Police arrested 12 people during the riot. Five of them were current U students.

Jerry Rinehart, vice provost for student affairs at the U, talked to Minnesota Public Radio about the possible consequences for students arrested and charged in the incident. The mildest punishments would be warnings, probation, or community service.

"Another option would be suspension -- for a period of time they'd have to leave the university," said Rinehart. "The most extreme would be expulsion, which would mean they could never attend any University of Minnesota system campus again."

Rinehart says even though only a few students were involved in the incident, it reflects poorly on the university. Rinehart says each student arrested will meet with the U's conduct officer. If any student disagrees with their punishment, they'll get a hearing in front of a disciplinary panel made up of fellow students and university faculty.

The Minnesota Daily has the story on the eviction of several tenants in a home that hosted one of the largest parties. The residents were served with eviction notices Monday afternoon.

Their landlord, Dinkytown Rentals owner Tim Harmsen said it was directly a result of the riot Saturday.

The residents of the brown duplex, distinguishable by a large deck of cards on its second story deck, violated several conditions of their lease, Harmsen said.

Both the upper and lower units are facing eviction for unlawful assembly, destruction of property, providing numerous kegs to minors during an earlier party and receiving numerous noise complaints, Harmsen said.

"They had 300 to 400 people over, and were providing six or seven kegs of beer to a party," he added.

Residents usually have a week to vacate a property, but Harmsen asked for an expeditied hearing. The students can challenge the charges in the first hearing, which could turn into a legal trial.