Remember the administrative aftermath of last year’s Tour de Franzia? Here’s the short version: the University fined the residents of 1 Pearl Place $2,000 in campus damage for having “organized” the event–and threatened to withhold diplomas if they didn’t pay up. Their charge: creating the Tour de Franzia Facebook event. Here’s the Wesleying post extolling students (particularly Franz-participants) to “Help Out the Innocents of 1 Pearl Place” and throw some dough in their online donation page. (Oh, and a 62-response comment thread. Happy studying.)
This year, P-Safe director Dave Meyer announced plans to “take some precautionary measures and deal with any organizers ahead of time.” But there was no such action: Tour de Franzia was “organized” (read: a date was declared) from an anonymous Facebook profile, which was deactivated immediately post-Franz. Good thinking.
But the administration knows what’s up, and there apparently will be “judicial charges against those students who may have violated Wesleyan’s Code of Conduct.” No word on how those individuals will be identified–or what the charges will entail. (Does “all available documentation of the event” refer to P-Safe’s apparent video footage of streakers and partiers on Fountain?)
Here’s Dean Mike Whaley‘s thrillingly ambiguous all-campus announcement in full. Offer up your interpretations in the comments.
I hope that your final projects and papers are going well. In addition to my good wishes for a successful conclusion to your academic work, I also wanted to send a note to register my concern about the “Tour de Franzia” event this past weekend.
For the second year in a row, the Student Affairs staff has concerns about several aspects of the event. Specifically, there was significant high-risk drinking resulting in students being transported to the hospital for alcohol poisoning, damage and vandalism across campus, numerous complaints from neighbors living adjacent to campus, and disrespectful treatment of the Public Safety officers who were attempting to monitor and address concerns that arose during the event.
The Dean of Students office will review all available documentation of the event and pursue judicial charges against those students who may have violated Wesleyan’s Code of Conduct. My office will also plan to work with student leadership in the coming year to eliminate the problematic aspects of the event that I’ve articulated above.
Dean Mike Whaley