Northeastern students warned to stay indoors Sunday night or face arrest
UPDATE: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says memo is misleading; people can't be arrested just for being outside; a Northeastern official agrees. More in the comments.
Residents of at least a couple of Northeastern dorms got a warning tonight from college Residential Life: Don't even think about going outside during or after the Super Bowl:
The anxiety around the city - stay inside! When Boston sports teams were in previous championships, people took to the streets. Some were just walking around to hug or high-five other excited Bostonians, some were cheering – but there was also significant rioting and excessive consumption of alcohol/drugs. This was true surrounding Boston college campuses as well. Near Fenway Park, a college student died tragically during a riot following the World Series in 2004. As a result, the Boston and Northeastern University Police Departments have asked us to keep people inside as much as possible. We don't believe that NU students will behave that way, but do we want you to be safe - being swept into such a crowd is dangerous because you don't have control of the decisions of others and the mood of the crowd can turn without warning. If you do choose to go outside during or after the Superbowl, know that you will likely be questioned and directed to go somewhere indoors as quickly as possible. If you refuse, you are subject to immediate arrest. Since an arrest could have serious consequences with OSCCR, for co-ops & jobs you apply for later, and your visa status if you are an international student ...just stay inside!
The school will be hosting Super Bowl parties for students at various locations on campus.