Statement from President Huot regarding Keene Pumpkin Festival
We continue to identify individuals who were involved in the unlawful and disruptive behavior over the weekend. We have identified several individuals at this point, and we are determining their affiliation with Keene State College. We continue to work with Keene Police to gather additional information and are coordinating with other colleges and universities when students who visited from other institutions are identified. We are expediting the conduct hearing process at Keene State to impose consequences as efficiently as possible.
I would like to emphasize, again, that the disturbances over the weekend do not represent a great many of the students who attend this college. I am proud of the positive contributions that many of our students, faculty, and staff offered to the community over the weekend.
Keene State College
Previous Statement from Sunday, October 19
The City of Keene and the Keene State College campus are calm and safe. Regretfully, Keene endured a great deal over this weekend. We care deeply about the citizens of Keene and our students, and we lament the impact of inexcusable behaviors on our city. I also want to share that we are appreciative of the efforts of the city over the weekend. We continue to work closely with the city to help repair damage, and find long-term solutions.
We are actively working to identify the individuals who participated in unlawful behavior, and those who are identified will be held accountable. We are reviewing images, videos, media coverage, social media postings, and information we have about off-campus residences. The most serious offenders will face interim suspension, followed by conduct action up to, and including, expulsion.
To be clear, Keene State College does not tolerate the outrageous behavior that occurred over the weekend.
Also, understand that it does not represent a great many of the students who attend this college. I am proud of the positive contributions that many of our students, faculty and staff offered to the community this weekend.
At this point in time, details about arrests and citations are being processed by the city. We will keep the public informed of our actions and the information that is available, on www.keene.edu.
Keene State College