Students participating in destruction could face consequences from the university such as suspension or expulsion in addition to criminal charges.
Acting MSU President Satish Udpa said in a statement the basketball team has faced great adversity this year and the community should celebrate the team's success with class.
“Destroying property and taking part in destructive gatherings are not Spartan traditions," Udpa said. "These actions are incredibly dangerous and are an embarrassment to Spartans everywhere."
Of the reported fires in Cedar Village after MSU's Elite Eight victory, no damages were reported other than to the property burned. The gathering was estimated by East Lansing Police Deputy Chief Steve Gonzalez to be made up of 600 to 800 people at its peak.
“Observing is participating,” Gonzalez said. “Just by going to an unlawful gathering, you can be arrested.”
Anyone within 300 feet of an open fire who is not making an attempt to leave the area can be charged with a misdemeanor. The charge can lead to 90 days in jail and a $550 fine, according to the press release.
In addition to a large police presence, officers will monitor local news and social media on game day to identify individuals taking part in destructive behavior.
In celebration of MSU's Final Four appearance, the university will host a watch party in the Union ballroom at 8 p.m. April 6. Free popcorn and pop will be available as fans watch the Spartans take on Texas Tech for a spot in the NCAA title game.