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Alcohol a factor in campus assault
Erik Dodge
Antelope Staff

In the early morning on Sept. 30 Brandon Shirkey was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for potential alcohol poisoning. Later he was cited for third-degree assault in response to an incident reported earlier that morning.

UNK Police made contact with Shirkey, a 20-year-old student from Benkelman, at 7:15 a.m. in response to a medical call. He was found in the Mantor Hall student lounge and placed in emergency protective custody, according to the police report. Michelle Hamaker, director of Police and Parking Services said Shirkey appeared intoxicated and incoherent, and an ambulance was called due to concern for his medical well-being.

Hamaker said Shirkey was handcuffed for resisting assistance. “As they tried to put him in the ambulance he resisted, at which time he was handcuffed so that the paramedics, the officer and his safety would be in check,” she said. No charges were filed against Shirkey for the incident.

He was charged with third-degree assault for verbally threatening four students and physically assaulting one student according to the UNK Police incident report.

At approximately 4 a.m. UNK Police officer Jarvis Kring responded to a report of the incident from a Mantor Hall Community Advisor. The offense was described as assault with minor injury. Alcohol was also involved in this incident, according to Hamaker.

The university policy on alcohol is two-fold according to assistant to the dean of student affairs Brandon Benitz. “First the use, distribution, public intoxication, or being in the presence of alcoholic beverages is against the UNK Student Code of Conduct. More importantly is the education side of it,” he said.

 UNK works with Community Advisors and provides services and programs through Counseling and Health Care to help students make good choices about alcohol, he said.

Counseling Care offers alcohol and psychotherapy visits, alcohol education/diversion classes and court-ordered alcohol and drug evaluations and counseling. It is located in the Memorial Student Affairs Building Room 144. 

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