Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Drinking party at USA residence complex ends with 16 arrests

MOBILE, Alabama -- University of South Alabama police early Sunday arrested 16 people after a drinking party was broken up in the Grove residential complex, USA officials said.
University spokesman Keith Ayers said police were called to the Grove shortly after midnight Saturday and discovered the party in progress.
There were 7 students and 4 non-students charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol, Ayers said.
All were taken to Mobile County Metro Jail and were later released on $300 bail each.
A total of 5 students were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Ayers said. They were also taken to Metro Jail and later released on $1,000 bail each.
The underage students ranged in age from 18 to 20, according to Metro Jail records, and the five adults ranged in age from 21 to 23.
Ayers said the 12 students will also face university disciplinary code charges.
The Grove, located near Old Shell Road, is on university property but is run by a private management company, Ayers said.
According to Ayers, USA has a policy against alcohol on campus regardless of age. Ayers said persons age 21 or older who are found to possess alcohol are subject to a disciplinary code hearing but would not be prosecuted criminally unless circumstances such as offering it to a minor are involved.
Student disciplinary code hearings are under the jurisdiction of the dean of students, but the panel hearing code violation cases consists of both students and non-students, Ayers said.

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