Xavier cancels 'mandatory reflection sessions' for Crosstown Shootout brawl

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Xavier University is no longer requiring students who attended the Crosstown Shootout game to attend one of three "mandatory reflection sessions."

According to Xavier Provost and Chief Academic Officer Scott A. Chadwick, the meetings were cancelled due to reaction from students and the public to the sessions. Students were told that if they did not attend a session, they would not be allowed to receive future student tickets to Xavier home games.

Instead, the university will hold one voluntary assembly where school officials will talk about the fan reaction to the fight at the Crosstown Shootout.

According to a statement from Provost Chadwick, the new approach will "invite the entire undergraduate student community to discuss our strong Xavier spirit, show support by the students for the men's basketball team and our Xavier values, as well as focus on making the student game experience the best it can be."

The assembly will also address how fan behavior affects the game atmosphere and what the school will do to avoid any similar situations in the future.

Chadwick, Men's Basketball Coach Chris Mack, Student Government Association President Ryan Alleman and representatives of X-treme fans will lead the meeting.

The Xavier University Men's Basketball team got into a fight with the University of Cincinnati Men's Basketball team on the basketball court during the annual game. The fight resulted in the suspension of 4 Xavier players and 4 UC players.

The assembly will happen January 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center. All Xavier students are invited to attend.

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