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State Police break up large off-campus party near UConn; residents cited for COVID violations

Police say over 150 college-aged partiers gathered with no masks or social distancing.
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MANSFIELD, Connecticut — Connecticut State Police say they broke up a large party near the University of Connecticut's Storrs campus on Saturday night, and cited the residents for violating the Governor's Executive Orders regarding COVID health and safety. 

Police say that at approximately 11:24 p.m., Troopers from the Mansfield Resident Troopers office responded to 160 Birch Road in Mansfield for a complaint of a large, loud party.  Upon arrival, Troopers observed numerous college-aged students inside the residence.  An estimated total of 150-200 students were observed to exit the residence.  

The renters at the residence admitted to hosting the large party.

No PPE, such as mask wearing, or social distancing were being adhered to at the party.

Police say the three renters were issued infraction tickets for hosting a large gathering in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order.

UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz issued a statement regarding the gathering saying the university will "use information it receives from the Connecticut State Police, including names of individuals who were issued infractions, to determine whether those involved in the large off-campus gathering late Saturday are University students."

According to Reitz, multiple off-campus gatherings have been reported during the pandemic.

The students involved have and continue to be addressed through the student conduct process, officials said. Details of those reviews, including disciplinary outcomes, will not be released, as conduct records are protected by federal student privacy laws.

"This might lead some observers to believe that nothing has been done, when in fact UConn acts promptly on referrals with information it can review and confirm," Reitz continued.