BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Some of the University of Vermont students who rioted after the Boston Red Sox clinched the American League pennant last month are likely to face expulsion, UVM President Daniel Fogel says.
''It was irresponsible, dangerous, and inexcusable behavior," Fogel told university trustees during the board's regular meeting on Friday. ''We will not tolerate behavior as dangerous and destructive to the fabric of this community, on or off the campus."
More than 1,000 UVM students celebrating the Boston Red Sox' American League Championship Series victory over the New York Yankees started the riot on Redstone Campus, tipping over a van, snapping light poles, and setting fires. Damage was estimated at $40,000 to $60,000.
The campus was relatively quiet after the Red Sox clinched the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals the following week.
Fogel told trustees it would be likely that some riot participants would be expelled, noting that these students ''would no longer be welcome as members of the community."
Police have cited 13 students in connection with the Oct. 20 melee. Five students were charged last month, and eight more received citations this past week. Charges have ranged from unlawful mischief and disorderly conduct to aggravated assault.
UVM Police Chief Gary Margolis said ''a few" more students might be charged for their role in the riot.
Fogel said he doesn't know whether all the students already charged have received campus judicial hearings or what type of disciplinary action they might have received. Judicial punishments range from a warning to expulsion and financial responsibility for damage.