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Michigan State suspends six students after riot

Police were pelted with bottles, rocks

Six Michigan State University students have been suspended following what police characterized as a riot near campus last weekend, the school said Wednesday.

The students, who weren’t identified, violated a disorderly conduct policy, the school said. The students were suspended pending resolution of their cases, but can petition for reinstatement, it said. Of 11 cases referred to the school so far, seven have been reviewed for possible interim suspension. Six students were suspended and one wasn’t.

The school defines a riot as five or more people acting together to intentionally or recklessly create a serious risk of causing “public terror or alarm.” A party involving 3,000 to 4,000 people was broken up by tear gas after police were pelted with bottles and rocks early Sunday. The event was held at Cedar Village, a student housing complex bordering the northeast side of campus.

University spokesman Terry Denbow, citing privacy concerns, didn’t say if the suspended students were among 28 students who were arrested after the disturbance.

Of the 52 students and non-students arrested, 38 face disorderly conduct charges. Others face misdemeanour traffic, drug, alcohol and noise charges. Police also have issued dozens of tickets related to the party.

– with a report from AP

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