University, Town participated in Audio Conference

October 1st, 2004 by Adam

Plymouth State University participated in an
audio conference on September 15 addressing
the growing phenomena of inappropriate fan
behavior. Representatives from PSU public relations,
student affairs, student leaders, University
Police, Plymouth Police and the Selectman’s
office attended the conference which addressed
the disruptive nature of inappropriate fan behavior
and the potential for injuries, destruction of
property and restoration costs.

The conference was led by Chief Susan Riseling,
associate vice chancellor for protective services
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and
Dr.David Andrews, dean of the College of Human
Ecology and professor of human development
and family science at the Ohio State University.
Discussion covered the following:

  • discover the changes in fan behavior that
    have occurred over the past few decades,
    including increases in inappropriate and
    violent behavior
  • clarify the role of alcohol in fan behavior
  • explore other environmental and sport culture factors that influence
    fan behavior
  • learn effective prevention strategies to stop inappropriate fan
    behavior before it starts
  • learn effective intervention strategies for inappropriate fan
    behavior when it occurs
  • understand the partnerships between student, faculty,
    administrators, and community members that are necessary
    to improve fan behavior.