- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming, Laramie police and others are discussing a proposed party registration system to try to prevent student parties held off campus from getting out of hand.

Two assaults related to parties drew attention over Halloween weekend last fall. One of the assaults killed Joe McGowan, a 21-year-old student from Lander.

Party registration is one option to keep parties under control, say members of a group of university officials, students, city officials and law enforcement agencies formed to address problem parties.

Under the system, students who hold parties would register in advance and receive educational materials about alcohol use. Then, during the party, any loud noise complaints would be forwarded to the party hosts, giving them a chance to defuse the situation themselves.

The registration system could be in place in time for fall semester.

“It can be overwhelming if you’re a student that’s hosting a gathering and these things get out of control in terms of the number of people,” Vice President of Student Affairs Sara Axelson said.

Police can help party hosts with out-of-control guests, Laramie Police Chief Dale Stalder said.

“It would be an education tool and provide us with a method to monitor when students are having parties,” Stalder told the Laramie Boomerang (https://bit.ly/1umcw9Y ).

Colorado State University began party registration in 2009 and now registers 600-700 parties per semester.

“Obviously, the recipient of a loud party citation would rather have a warning, so there’s the benefit for them,” said Emily Allen, a community liaison for the school in Fort Collins.

The system saves police time because two officers must go each time they respond to an out-of-control party in the Fort Collins area, Allen said.

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, https://www.laramieboomerang.com

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