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Parties Turn Violent Near 2 Campuses, and the Colleges’ Leaders Promise Sanctions

Celebrations in two college towns turned violent over the weekend, and the presidents of both institutions said that any students found to have participated in the riots could face serious consequences, including expulsion.

In Keene, N.H., the chaos began on Saturday afternoon near the campus of Keene State College when several people were injured by thrown bottles during the city’s annual Pumpkin Festival, The Boston Globe reported. On Saturday night crowds spread across the town, and video showed some people vandalizing property and flipping over parked cars.

Ann Huot, the college’s president, said in a statement released on Sunday that the rioters did not represent “a great many” of Keene State’s students and that the college would work with the city “to help repair damage and find long-term solutions.” Any students who are identified as among the most serious offenders “will face interim suspension,” she said, “followed by conduct action up to, and including, expulsion.”

In Morgantown, W.Va., disturbances broke out on Saturday night during street parties to celebrate West Virginia University’s football victory over Baylor, according to WDTV, a CBS-affiliated television station. The police responded to several parties where fires were set and property was damaged, and as the crowds grew rioting spread to other areas of the city.

E. Gordon Gee, the university’s president, expressed disappointment on Sunday in the behavior of the crowds and said that any students involved in criminal conduct would be subject to discipline, “up to and an including expulsion.”

“This is not acceptable Mountaineer behavior,” Mr. Gee said in a statement released by the university. “It is not ‘partying’ to set fires, tear down fences, or throw bottles at police. It is criminal and will be dealt with as such. I have zero tolerance for students who wish to act in such a way that it demeans the achievements of our institution and its faculty, staff, students, alumni, and our Morgantown community.”

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