"Incredibly unfortunate": Dalhousie ponders discipline for students arrested at weekend parties
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"Incredibly unfortunate": Dalhousie ponders discipline for students arrested at weekend parties

(Meghan Groff/NEWS 95.7)

HALIFAX – Dalhousie University officials say more information is needed before any in-house discipline is handed to students caught up in Saturday’s off-campus homecoming parties.

Twenty-two students were arrested in Halifax’s South End after a number parties spilled out on to the streets, forcing police officers to take action.

Halifax Regional Police say between 1,200 and 1,500 students descended in an area near Jennings Street, just north of the school’s main campus.

Brian Leadbetter, Dalhousie’s director of communications & public relations, said the vast majority of students and alumni celebrated respectfully over the weekend, and calls this incident ‘unfortunate.’

“This type of behaviour does not reflect our values as an institution, it was disrespectful to our neighbours, and most importantly is was unsafe,” he said.

Leadbetter said further discipline by the university is possible, but not before community outreach is done.

“We will be working with our neighbours in the surrounding community in the days ahead to hear their concerns and evaluate how to best move forward for the future,” he said.

It’s not clear what supplementary discipline on the part of the university would look like, but he said they would be evaluating at their programs on and off campus.

Social media posts showed some students being disrespectful to HRP officers, which Leadbetter called ‘not appropriate.’

The school had hired extra-duty officers to ensure safety on the party-heavy weekend, but backup had to be called due to the sheer volume of students.

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