On Thursday, officials at the University of Colorado Boulder announced that they spent almost $108,000 this year to stop students from celebrating 4/20 on campus.
In previous years, the unsanctioned event had drawn as many as 12,000 people to the quad, causing a disruption to the school’s academic mission, according to officials.
Chancellor Phil DiStefano explained in a statement, “While this is not money we are eager to spend, we have to ask ourselves what the costs are to us for having our work disrupted or having a student or bystander injured because we allowed the gathering on campus.”
CU Boulder openly allows tailgates before sports games, where students and attendees often consume large amounts of alcohol. The school has not taken any steps to shut those events down, despite the fact that they share similar risks.
The costs for this year’s closure of the Norlin Quad included:
- $70,850 for CU police/security/parking overtime and labor costs for officers from outside agencies
- $12,025 for miscellaneous expenses including supplies, facility rentals, printing, food, and water for personnel
- $9,881 for Argus security staff assisting with police operations
- $5,591 for overtime labor costs in facilities, including groundskeeping
- $5,016 for parking equipment rentals including cones, message signs noting campus closures, and barricades
- $4,431 for fire/ambulance coverage
According to University officials, funding for the closure of parts of campus on 4/20 came from campus insurance premium rebates resulting from deductions in liability and hazard claims.
This was the second year the CU Boulder administration decided to shut down 4/20 celebrations on campus. This year officials were able to cut back on $17,000 worth of expenses from the inaugural shut down.