JMU Spokesperson: "Zero Tolerance" for Block Party Incidents

As the block party in Harrisonburg continues to attract Facebook users, a James Madison University official said Thursday the school is fully prepared for the event this weekend.

JMU spokesperson Don Egle says, if there's reports of similar incidents from last year's Springfest, like assaulting police officers, the university is strictly enforcing a zero tolerance policy.

Egle says, while last year's incident wasn't only caused by JMU students, any one from the school who gets involved with police at the event will have to go before JMU Judicial Affairs and face appropriate discipline from the school and the police department.

However, he also said he's been pleased with students' behavior this year, and he thinks they're more aware after the last Springfest of what can happen.

"When we take a look at last year, when you invite the world through social media, it can create a lot of problems," explains Egle. "I think there were a number of valuable lessons that were learned from last year. Things can get quickly out of hand, and the university has encouraged students to not attend those types of events."

Egle adds there's been great communication between the school, law enforcement and the apartment complexes involved with the block party.

Meanwhile, the Harrisonburg Police Department says it's partnering with other agencies to make sure students stay safe.


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