Oxford, Ohio 45056
(513) 529-1950 fax
May 8, 1998
RE: Uptown student disturbance
Although not all the details are known as of this morning, a disturbance involving several hundred Miami students occurred about 2:30 a.m. today in uptown Oxford, resulting in the arrest of approximately 20-35 students on charges of vandalism, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Bottles were thrown at officers and a DuBois Book Store trailer overturned, but no officers were injured. At this time, we have no confirmed reports of students injured in the disturbance. Oxford and Miami police along with officers from several nearby agencies handled the disruption responsibly.
The reaction from other university officials mirrors mine--disappointment, frustration, and anger at the conduct of the Miami students involved and concern about the alcohol use that contributed to this incident.
We are taking several steps to ensure that our students act responsibly in the Oxford community.
In addition, Miami police officers will patrol the uptown area with Oxford officers tonight and Saturday night. Please help me in talking with students about the serious effects this behavior has on the Miami and Oxford community.
I appreciate your support.