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SUNY Fredonia council approves code of conduct for off-campus house parties

FREDONIA – A code of conduct that addresses incidents at off-campus house parties near SUNY Fredonia was approved Wednesday by members of the College Council.

The group met in the president’s office and was given information on several changes to the code by Vice President for Student Affairs David E. Herman and Director of Student Affairs Lisa M. Newell.

Among the new rules are that students may not sponsor or host a house party that violates state or local laws.

The campus will also require that all students provide an off-campus address while they are enrolled at the university.

Herman said that updates for off-campus addresses will be required each semester.

The first weekend in May used to be celebrated with music and several on-campus events, but college officials have canceled the on-campus Fred Fest and even restricted visitors and prohibited overnight guests in dormitories.

That action still is in place off-campus at several private parties and in the established clubs and restaurants in the village.

Local police reported about 90 violations this year. According to college officials, only 10 of those violation notices went to enrolled students.

Fredonia Mayor Stephen W. Keefe, who is a member of the council, said he has not heard a lot of complaints about the weekend events.

He said the report of a stolen vehicle may not be attributable to the end-of-semester celebrations.

Fred Fest coincided with the end of regular classes and the start of final exams. Graduation at the university is scheduled for May 16. Herman said that there were two on-campus arrests – one for intoxication and the other for marijuana use.

Other matters discussed by the council included the possibility of a design flaw or construction problem with several of the new townhouses that opened in late 2014.

Officials said that ice damage and water leaks occurred in many of the new apartments and that some students had to be relocated.