Seattle Seeks University Crackdown After Melee

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Seattle officials asked the University of Washington to get tough on student misbehavior off campus after a melee near the school on Sunday, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says. “To say it’s off campus and that they have no responsibility is unacceptable,” said a spokeswoman for Mayor Greg Nickels.

The school’s student-conduct code applies only on campus, but Nickels wants the school to expand its reach. But Ernest Morris, vice president of student affairs, said the school has not traditionally monitored off-campus behavior by its students; he made no promises that the school would follow the mayor’s suggestion.

Recently, two women sued the university, saying it should have exercised more control over fraternities. The women say UW football players raped them after attending fraternity parties. In recent years, students have gotten into fights at fraternity parties and had shots fired at them. A student was killed after he fell from the deck of a fraternity house, and a freshman committed suicide after a grueling initiation at a fraternity.

Sunday’s trouble began shortly before 12:30 a.m. when police began receiving reports of a loud party and groups of unruly people. Two officers had the music shut down, prompting some in the crowd to begin cursing them. The crowd refused to disperse, so officers used pepper spray. Later, when more police arrived, some in the crowd began throwing rocks and bricks at the police cruisers, smashing windows on at least two of them.

Thugs rolled over a Volvo, bashed in windows on at least two cars, tore down street signs to toss them onto a bonfire and tried to crack a fire hydrant. Police arrested one man, who is not a student, at the scene and have since identified a suspect believed to have smashed one of the patrol car windows.


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