Though just 21 of the 55 arrested at Saturday’s Blarney Blowout are enrolled at UMass Amherst, roughly 100 students marched across campus Tuesday demanding an apology from Amherst police for what some students are calling excessive use of force. Amherst police were the lead agency in responding to the alcohol-fueled outdoor daytime party that drew more than 4,000.
Officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have released an independent report on residence hall security. The review was commissioned following an alleged gang rape in a residence hall last year.
UMass will spend an estimated $2 million over the next three years to improve security in the residence halls on the flagship campus as recommended by the 214-page report. UMass Amherst Police Chief John Horvath said there will be new guest registration procedures, changes to the physical layout of residence halls, fixes to problems with doors, alarms and access cards.
Four teenagers have been arrested for the rape of an 18 year old UMass Amherst student in a campus residence hall. University officials say they’ll undertake a comprehensive review of security. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.