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A troubled year for University of Dayton
UD has made national headlines this year for two students falling from sixth-floor windows, its popular St. Patrick’s Day party ending in a near-riot with police and a basketball player suspended from school for a year after he was identified as a suspect but never criminally charged in a sexual assault allegation.
August 2012: University of Dayton basketball player and senior Matt Kavanaugh was named a suspect in a sexual assault investigation that did not yield criminal charges, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. UD police reports list the victim as a 17-year-old female freshman.
September 2012: UD police investigate six violent crime incidents on or near the campus. “It’s unusual for this neighborhood to have as many incidents as we’ve had this year,” said UD Police Maj. Larry Dickey. Police said they made one arrest in one of the crimes.
Oct. 24: Kavanaugh suspended for the year “as a result of violations of the University of Dayton Standards of Behavior and Code of Conduct.” UD officials declined to disclose the reason behind Kavanaugh’s dismissal.
Nov. 17: University of Dayton students on a chartered bus trip are accused of disorderly conduct at a gas station in London, Ohio. Police said 80 students on two school buses were seen running through the Lake Side Plaza Marathon station, urinating on the floor, flashing their genitals at customers, breaking items and standing on parked cars. The students were reportedly intoxicated. The Sigma Chi fraternity, which sponsored the trip, was suspended for two years in connection with the incident.
Jan. 23: A UD female student claims she was sexually assaulted by two people in the same incident. She said she was assaulted by an acquaintance and a stranger, which prompted the school to send a safety advisory email to the student body.
Jan. 30: UD announces it will work for two months to reinforce the floors of 301 student houses as a “precautionary measure” after the floors of two homes sank during large parties – with between 35 and 50 people – earlier in the month. UD issued new occupancy limits for all houses and apartments, limiting between 12 and 20 people depending on the structure.
Feb. 17: During a basketball game between rivals University of Dayton and Xavier, UD fans began taunting Christi Mack, the UD hall of fame candidate and the wife of Xavier’s coach, Chris Mack using nasty terms, including: “Christi Hester is a b——! Christi Hester is a b——-!” The incident left Christi Mack crying, and UD Arena security personnel had the offending fans removed from the arena.
March 17: More than 1,000 people caused police from 10 local jurisdictions to respond to UD’s student campus housing area, also known as the ghetto, for a “disturbance” that left hundreds of broken beer bottles in the street and yards and 11 damaged cars, including a police cruise. UD bans non-university sponsored events on campus. The website, BroBible.com, ranks UD as hosting the best college St. Patrick’s Day party in the country.
April 2: UD freshman Larry Cook, 18, died after falling from a sixth-floor window in the Stuart Complex residence hall. His death was ruled a suicide by the Montgomery County Coroner, but his family disputes that ruling. The family felt the university was premature to declare the teen’s death a suicide, and that their hastiness compromised the investigation. They have hired a Florida attorney, who is conducting his own investigation. Dayton police are investigating Cook’s death, as well.
April 20: Michael Fuchs, 19, of Edison, N.J., fell from his sixth-floor dorm room in the Marycrest Complex residence hall. Dayton police said the screen of Fuchs’ dorm room window was removed and Fuchs climbed out, although it remains unclear why. Police do not suspect foul play or a suicide attempt.