Police Crackdown on Unruly Behavior by JMU Students

August 26, 2010

The consequences from last year's Block Party look to have a lasting impact on James Madison University, with strict rules being enforced both on-campus and off-campus, specifically where students tend to party.

Students who were moving into off-campus living areas, like Fox Hill Town Homes, were given a surprise yesterday when they were greeted by a group of Harrisonburg Police officers.

The students were made aware of new rules that were going to be strictly enforced.

Drinking outside, yelling at police officers, even standing on the sidewalk, versus the grass, with an open container of alcohol will now have a zero tolerance policy.

"I'm kind of taken back. I'm used to having that whole comfort factor there and being able to just go to places wherever I choose to," said Rahul Cahudhry, a JMU student. "I'm an adult, but its kind of scary."

An official from JMU said the main goal of the new policy is not to crackdown on fun, but rather to promote responsible ways to do so and to educate students on the consequences of alcohol abuse.

Only time will tell if all the new rules will be effective.

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