U-C Prepares for Cinco De Mayo

After two years of rioting during Cinco De Mayo celebrations, the University of Cincinnati, neighborhood groups, and the Cincinnati Police, are working together to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Last year, students set fires, threw objects, and flipped cars over in the street.  Two students were convicted of a felony for the riotous behavior, but it did not impact their college education.  This year, a new state law makes the consequences more severe.  University officials sent out emails and put door hangers on students door knobs letting them know of the new state law.

"If they're convicted of riotous behavior, the state requires us to automatically expel them, they're not permitted to re-apply for admission for a year, and they're ineligible for financial aid two years after that," says UC spokesperson, Greg Hand.

Extra police have also been patrolling the area since last weekend, and will continue to roam the area through this weekend.

Several Students who live on Stratford Avenue told FOX19 the new state law and the extra security is a good idea and a good deterrent.

"Yeah, I think it's gonna work and stop people from getting too crazy, especially flipping cars and things like that, but I think there's still going to be a party going on, it will just be a little more contained, " says sophomore Gabe Humphrey.