To: UConn Students
From: Philip E. Austin and Robert Hudd
As we at the University and fans across Connecticut look forward to tonight’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game – and hope for a UConn victory – we wanted to take a moment to express a few words of caution.
Winning a national championship is an incredible thrill and an honor for any university. We as a community could not be more proud of our players, coaches, and fans as the season draws to a dramatic close. If the Huskies are victorious tonight, we fully expect the UConn student body to celebrate that victory – just as we’ll be doing.
Unfortunately, too often at campuses across the nation post-game celebrations have gone from exuberant to destructive. Nothing can be gained from harmful, destructive, or criminal actions. However, anyone who engages in this sort of behavior does have a great deal to lose, including risking arrest and possible expulsion from the University.
Don’t allow one bad decision to sully a Husky victory and derail your college career, especially on a night that is supposed to be fun and exciting for all of us at UConn. Celebrate, but do so responsibly, with respect for people and property.
We join you in wishing the very best of luck to our team tonight. Go Huskies.
Philip E. Austin
Chief of Police