Student rights safe, but privileges severely affected
Students receive blue Spring Weekend bracelets in the Student Union on Thursday. Each student is issued only one bracelet and bracelets are required for entrance into any Spring Weekend event. Natalia Pylypyszyn/The Daily Campus
As the UConn Administration prepares for this year's Spring Weekend, student rights are safe, but standard student privileges are being restricted.
"All rights that students have on any given day are in effect this weekend. It is not law enforcement's option to violate a person's constitutional rights due to an event or series of events," said Deputy Chief of Police Hans Rhynhart, "We will apply the law the same this weekend as we would any other day.
"There are certain administrative restrictions the university has implemented regarding guests in housing and dining facilities as well as restrictions private landowners have implemented at their respective properties," said Rhynhart.
On-street parking, as well as all parking along North Eagleville Road and North Hillside Road, will be prohibited starting from 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 24th to 6 a.m. Sunday, April 27th. Lots C, F, X and W, will be closed Thursday and Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and all day Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday morning.
The Guest Policy has likewise been amended in accordance of Spring Weekend. According to a statement released by Residence Education, effective at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24th through 7 a.m. Sunday, April 27th, students will not be permitted unrestricted visitor access. Non-UConn students will not be allowed in residential areas. Current UConn students are required to sign in and register when visiting other residence halls or on-campus apartments, will qualify as weekend guests and must be escorted with a guest pass.
UConn Students who plan on taking part in university sponsored Spring Weekend events will be required to wear wristbands.
Backpacks or large bags will not be allowed in university dining halls.
Safety is being cited as the primary concern. The UConn Police Department will be conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout the Storrs campus during evening hours Thursday through Saturday. According to a statement by Lieutenant Andrew Fournier, "The checkpoints will be conducted to apprehend intoxicated drivers, identify seatbelt violations, and other violations of the motor vehicle status."
In accordance with standard University protocol, bags and backpacks may be checked at any Spring Weekend event, and alcohol will not be allowed.
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