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Parent Email–April 11, 2014

Office for Student Affairs


As you may have heard, the Gophers won the national hockey semi-final game last night. Unfortunately, a celebration following the game became unruly and dangerous. President Kaler sent the message below to students this afternoon.

As we turn to the national finals tomorrow night, we want parents to understand that University police, Minneapolis police, and other law enforcement officers will be on hand, and there will be zero tolerance of illegal activity. It is important for students to know that being in the vicinity of a riot is cause for arrest under unlawful assembly statutes. The best advice is to stay away. If told to leave an area, students should immediately go. Students also should know that arrest records are public data. The 10 students arrested last night have had their names and booking photos posted online.

Message from President Kaler to U of M Students

Dear Students,

The actions of a few people in Dinkytown last night unfortunately marred the victory of our Gopher men's hockey team in the semi-final game of the Frozen Four. Ten students were arrested. These actions are unacceptable and must not be repeated.

Any destructive behavior on Saturday night will be met with zero tolerance. University police, Minneapolis police, and other law enforcement from across the metro area will be present and prepared to keep the peace and to arrest suspects. Inappropriate behavior will be prosecuted consistent with the Student Conduct Code and students found responsible will face punishment and, potentially, expulsion.

Let me be clear: Just being present and watching a riot is, in itself, a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Bystanders are equally at risk of being held accountable. If you are present following the game, and it seems like things may be getting out of hand, it's best for you and your friends to leave. In this era of social media, no one is anonymous.

To the overwhelming majority of you who will celebrate our Gopher student athletes with pride and admiration, thank you. Please talk to your friends and classmates. Don't let a few troublemakers ruin our celebration, or mar the reputations of our student body or our great University of Minnesota.

Eric W. Kaler

This message was sent by President Eric W. Kaler to all students on the Twin Cities campus.