Both police and the University of Otago are happy with
behaviour in the student quarter on the first night of O-Week,
with no arrests made and parties praised for having a
''generally good atmosphere''.
Otago University student services director David Richardson
said parties in the student quarter on Monday night were
''generally all managed within acceptable limits''.
''Last night the campus was alive with students reacquainting
with each other. There were parties with a generally good
atmosphere,'' Mr Richardson said.
Campus Watch staff had spent both the day and night speaking
to students and assisting flats with ''their host management
However, some flats would have had ''some clean-up work to
do'' yesterday after the previous night's partying.
Acting Senior Sergeant Damion Rangitutia, of Dunedin, said
police officers were ''busy'' dealing with students in the
campus area and wider Northeast Valley on Monday night,
although no students were arrested.
Officers were able to report students to the Otago University
proctor, as part of a ''close relationship'' between police
and the tertiary institution, he said.
''Let's say, for example, we got reports of someone throwing
bottles at a flat, but there were a number of people at the
address and we could not identify a sole offender. We could
report that flat and those occupants to the campus cop or the
''A lot of the time they wield a lot more power than we can
through the court.''
Acting Snr Sgt Rangitutia said he was not aware of any
incidents this week in which students had been reported to
the proctor by police.
''So far, student behaviour has been relatively OK,'' he said