Chateau Neuf: The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Chateau Neuf: The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

No after parties allowed at the Norwegian Students’ Society after Tuesday incident

Police chose to dismiss the case after investigation, but DNS director Thorstein Sjursen said the incident is serious.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday this week, police were called to Chateau Neuf, home to the Norwegian Students’ Society (DNS). The student hub is now closed to after parties and after-hours social events.

«The police investigated a serious incident that happened at an after party at Chateau Neuf,» DNS director Thorstein Sjursen told Universitas.

«The police were called Tuesday morning, and investigated and questioned the people involved,» police deputy Øyvind Torgersen said. «The case has been dismissed, after it was evaluated as not being a criminal offense.»

«There have been several unwanted incidents»

Thorstein Sjursen declined to comment on what happened, or who was involved.

«We’ve received support from the university to handle this case,» the director said.

There has been a widespread and well-established after party culture at the student hub for many years. Many active members and volunteers at DNS have keycard access to the offices, even late at night.

«There have been several unwanted incidents during after parties before. The entire third and fourth floors are closed until further notice. It will therefore not be possible to hold after parties at Chateau Neuf,» Sjursen told Universitas.

New protocols for parties

There will be new protocols for how parties at Chateau Neuf will be handled.

In a press release from DNS, Sjursen wrote, «We haven’t had the control we want to have when it comes to after parties [here].»

He went on: «Regardless of the outcome of the police case, the decision to close will have consequences for afterhours parties in the future. We were already in the process of going through our routines and protocols when this case occurred. Now we’re going to intensify our work over the next few weeks. The ban on after parties will be in place until we have protocols that can ensure responsible use of the offices for parties at night.»

Offices will be available for daytime and evening use as usual. Managers will lock the offices each night.