WWU president dismayed by weekend melee off-campus


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WWU president dismayed by weekend melee off-campus

By Associated Press. CREATED Oct 15, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) -- Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard acknowledged Monday that the school is facing challenges concerning student drug and alcohol use. But he says the off-campus melee on Saturday is anathema to the university's culture.

Three non-students have been arrested by Bellingham police but an investigation continues. Shepard says the university is working with police to help them find any young people who threw projectiles at police during efforts to break up a large party. He says if any students were involved in criminal disruptive behavior, they will face university discipline up to expulsion.

Shepard is worried Western will gain an unwarranted reputation for being a party school, because he says that's simply not the case.

Bellingham Police said Monday morning that they have several detectives working on the case but had no updates to share.

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