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UMass students arrested after Super Bowl appear in court

Caroline O'Connor/Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UMass Amherst students gathered on campus after the loss of the Patriots to the Eagles.

Associated Press 

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Seven University of Massachusetts-Amherst students arrested during a violent post-Super Bowl disturbance on campus have pleaded not guilty.

Six were arraigned Tuesday. One was arraigned Monday.

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The university says about 2,000 students gathered outdoors in the Southwest residential area after Sunday’s game, destroyed property, started fights and set off firecrackers. One of the students arrested allegedly threw a chunk of ice at an officer trying to quell the crowd, while another allegedly threw a road flare at officers.

Caroline O'Connor/Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Two UMass Amherst police officers deployed tear gas on UMass Amherst students and others on campus.

They face charges including assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

All were released on personal recognizance and face punishment up to expulsion if they are found to have violated the university’s student conduct code.

Caroline O'Connor/Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Two UMass Amherst police officers deployed tear gas.