POLICE BEAT 03/28/18: Wining and Whining
No-go on the pinot
A University of Arizona Police Department officer arrived at the UA Main Library in reference to a woman drinking something a little stronger than coffee at 12:45 p.m. on March 12.
A library employee told the officer that the woman had consumed alcohol in the library in the past. The woman has been caught singing while drunk during a prior incident, forcing the staff to call UAPD.
Earlier in the day, the employee witnessed the woman drink from a small bottle of Pinot Grigio.
The officer approached the woman, who was sitting in the public use computer area. She was drinking what appeared to be a travel-sized bottle of wine before placing it back in her lap. Her open purse contained a cardboard 4-pack of travel-size wine bottles.
The officer told the woman to gather her belongings and leave the library. He also noticed the woman spoke with slurred speech and had red, glassy eyes.
She walked toward the north doors of the library and asked the officer why he was following her. He explained it was so they could speak in the library courtyard.
The woman refused to leave the library, despite multiple warnings. The officer then took the woman's right wrist, placed it behind her back and escorted her to the courtyard.
Once outside, the officer cited and released her for criminal trespassing in the second degree and for drinking in public. He also issued a six-month exclusionary order from all UA libraries.
A student refusing to leave a class in the Physics and Atmospheric Sciences Building required police intervention on March 13 at approximately 2 p.m.
The student told a UAPD officer that she had missed several assignments this semester due to absences. She believed that even if she was failing, she had the right to remain in the class for the rest of the semester.
When the teaching assistant spoke with the officer, she explained that the student had failed the course due to missing assignments. She also revealed that the student had ongoing issues in the class regarding respect.
The TA had emailed the student informing her that she had failed and was no longer enrolled in the lab.
Earlier in the day, the TA arrived for office hours before class, where the student was waiting for her. The two then got into a “shouting match.”
When the TA arrived to class, the student refused to leave, at which point the TA contacted UAPD.
She told the officer that she did not want the student in her class. The officer told the TA that she would advise the student not to come back without authorization.
The officer explained to the student that she was no longer enrolled in the class and would be forwarding the information to the Dean of Students Office.
The student left the building, saying she would speak with the department head about the issue.
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