AMHERST, Mass (WWLP)– UMass Amherst campus officials sent out a warning letter to students reminding them exactly what kind of consequences they could face for taking St. Patrick’s Day celebrations too far.
Last year at this time about two thousand students carried the “Blarney Blowout” St. Patrick’s Day festivities over from downtown Amherst to the off campus Townhouse Apartment complex.
Six students were arrested at that time for disorderly conduct and assault with a deadly weapon.
This year UMass officials say any similar behavior or arrests will lead to strict disciplinary action including suspension, expulsion or removal from campus housing.
Students could also face a disciplinary record on file for seven years that would be reportable to potential employers, graduate schools, and scholarship committees.
Officials also warn that students are responsible for all guests in both on and off campus housing and that students are expected to not only follow University’s Code of Conduct but also the Town of Amherst by-laws. They warn that breaking those rules could add up to hundreds of dollars in fines and community service hours.
UMass Amherst also said in their letter to students that the Blarney Blowout event is not supported by or sanctioned by the University.