UConn steps up security for Spring Weekend

STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s Spring Weekend at the University of Connecticut, and students tell News 8 new rules have crippled their plans.

Hanna Schmidt, “I probably won’t be here for most of the weekend because it is going to be more strict.” Over the last several years UConn officials have stepped up security. In 2010 a UConn student was killed during a fight with another student.

Uconn Spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said, “Spring Weekend at UConn is very different now than it was five years ago, and certainly 15 or 20 years ago which a lot of people remember as a low point and we never want it to be that way again.”

Only UConn students are allowed in the residential areas during Spring Weekend. Students will have to show a Spring Weekend wristband or a school ID to get into an event.

Samantha Park said, “I think it is too much.” Jessica Markella added, “I don’t think it’s necessary, it should be treated like any other weekend.”

Students will also notice more police patrolling around campus.

Schmidt told News 8, “the police presence and everything else going on is a lot to take in.”

Melanie Merry said, “I went through a sobriety checkpoint driving home from the library last night.”

School officials said they want students to have a fun and flawless spring weekend. “I think if they took the title of Spring Weekend away there would be a lot less problems,” said Cassidy Rogers.

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