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Some UC students could face school charges after Stratfordpalooza

CLIFTON, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- Another alcohol-fueled "palooza" near UC after midnight Sunday led to arrests.

It could also mean problems for UC students who were not picked up by the police, but were still misbehaving by the university's standards.

Reports differ on how many people were arrested. The number ranges from one to three, but while university officials wait to sort those numbers out, they will also be sorting out the number of other students who may have violated the school's conduct policy, arrested by the police or not.

The party, referred to as "Stratfordpalooza" got so out of control early Sunday morning that riot police were called to the 2700 block of Stratford near UC.

Police responded to the report of a fight, and when cops arrived they say they were greeted with airborne bottles.

One person was arraigned in court Monday morning for disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

"Judge, apparently there was basically a riot at UC with hundreds of intoxicated people in the street. Police tried to break it up and he confronted police officers, and there were bottles thrown, and they had to call in the riot police," said the prosecutor as he described the scene Sunday morning to the judge.

The defendant, 21-year-old Ian Ireland, plead not guilty. His lawyer also says that Ireland was not throwing bottles. Ireland is not a UC student.

UC students involved in the part could still be in trouble because of the school's conduct code. If the university receives a complaint about any student and the complaint is upheld by the University Judicial Office punishment could range from a letter of reprimand all the way up to expulsion is the student is found guilty of rioting.

"The policies that we have in place are pretty straight forward, and that is if you're living in the campus area and represent the University of Cincinnati, you need to represent the university well. And if you don't represent the university well, we have a code of conduct that allows us to discipline you," says Greg Hand.

Hand says it does not appear anyone could face expulsion, which is mandatory under state law for a student convicted of rioting. Students convicted of riot-related charges could also lose financial aid for up to two years. hand would not say how many students could face internal school discipline. That information is restricted by federal privacy laws.

Hand did say that several complaints have been made though.

The university spokesman says the weekend incident will likely not lead to any charges in the school's code of conduct policy, but he says the school will probably remind the students of the rules.




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