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KINGSTON – With final exams under way at the University of Rhode Island and with students studying with their heads in their books, about 400 students rushed the student library Sunday night, closing down the study area. The event was organized by a Facebook group, URI Library Rage Class of 2011.
URI Campus police escorted about 400 rowdy students from the crowded second floor of the Robert L. Carothers Library and Learning Commons Sunday night at about 10:30 according to a press release released by URI. Police said they believe the gathering, which began building between 9 and 10 p.m. was organized through social media technology. Dozens of these types of gatherings occur at college campuses across the country during final exam weeks.
No one was injured and damage was minimal, police said. No arrests were made, but URI Police Maj. Stephen Baker and Vice President for Student Affairs Thomas Dougan said the investigation continues.
URI officials decided to close the library for safety reasons at 11 p.m., which affected students there to study for final exams and prepare final projects. During exams, the library usually has extended hours until 2 a.m., for studiers. Library staff estimated there were a total of 1,000 individuals in the library Sunday night. The library reopened Monday, May 9, at 8 a.m.
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