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Quinnipiac University tells students no off-campus parties or face dismissal


Quinnipiac University students were warned if they hold "disruptive off-campus parties" that they could face charges and possible dismissal from the university.

On Nov. 1, officers were called to stop a party in the 3000 block of Whitney Avenue where there were about 500 people partying. Several students were intoxicated, according to police, and had to be brought back to the university. 

The five tenants of the home on Whitney Avenue were arrested and a student had to be rescued from a well.

The next day, officers were called to a large party on Washington Avenue where there were between 250 to 300 students attending. At that party, seven people were cited for creating a public disturbance.

According to Quinnipiac University officials, there were 22 students charged with hosting or attending "disruptive parties" near the campus.

"While the majority of the Quinnipiac students living off campus are responsible town residents, there are some who have caused major disturbances that have disrupted the quality of life in our neighborhoods, and jeopardized public safety overall," said Hamden police Chief Thomas J. Wydra in a statement Thursday.

Wydra said the police will continue to work with Quinnipiac University officials to take action on activity that "impacts the safety and security of the residents of Hamden."

"The university works tirelessly to teach the importance of community to our students, and we fully expect them to act responsibly when they are living off campus," said Mark Thompson, who is the executive vice president and provost at Quinnipiac University, in a statement Thursday.

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