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Alabama A&M campus on curfew following Tuesday night altercation

The campus-wide curfew will remain in effect until an investigation has been finalized, the university says.

Posted: Apr 17, 2019 5:19 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2019 6:29 PM

The Alabama A&M University campus is now on a nightly curfew, following an altercation Tuesday night.  

A spokesperson with the university, Jerome Saintjones, says there were no weapons involved in the altercation, and a curfew has been implemented to reduce foot traffic on the campus after 9:00 p.m.

According to Saintjones, visitation at residence halls has also been restricted, and everyone entering a residential facility must show student identification.

The university’s Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident, and the campus-wide curfew will remain in effect until the investigation has been finalized, Saintjones says. He says a notice to students was sent out from Student Affairs around 11 p.m. Tuesday. He doesn't know the number of students involved in the incident and wasn't informed of any arrests.

According to the memo sent to students, Saintjones says, the curfew is also intended to reduce the gathering of non-academic, large groupings or activities not sponsored by the university. He says violations of the curfew will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

One student told WAAY 31 they are on the fence about the curfew, "I'm real like 50-50 about it. I really appreciate them putting the curfew, cause it probably can stop a lot of stuff, you know what I'm sayin'? But at the same time, it's like we grown," said Jashanique Parker.

Lt. Johnson with Huntsville police said they did not assist with the altercation Tuesday night. Saintjones says, although there were no serious injuries, an officer sustained minor bruising to the shoulder. He said the officer is being treated and is expected to recover.  

Saintjones says emergencies, weather alerts, etc. are typically sent directly from the campus police department and students, faculty, staff and parents would have been notified and alerted. He says he believes the incident was made mostly via social media.

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