University ramps up safety awareness efforts in advance of March 17 celebrations
University officials have stepped up awareness efforts about health and safety in anticipation of an increased celebratory atmosphere on campus when the Big Ten Basketball Tournament, Honors Convocation and St. Patrick's Day converge on Sunday.
Led by the Division of Student Affairs in collaboration with several community partners, student groups and campus units, the outreach supports ongoing efforts to reduce the harmful consequences of alcohol use, and support responsible drinking and non-drinkers in the campus community.
Using a comprehensive, five-pronged prevention strategy, the group has enacted a range of education and prevention efforts to help minimize risk for those celebrating on campus.
Organization of alcohol-free activities such as a bagel breakfast, pizza party tailgate on the Diag and basketball game watch parties, as well as in-person visits to local establishments requesting their support in promoting a safe and healthy environment, are just a few elements included in the preventative approach.
"Our goal is for our students to share an enjoyable experience by celebrating in a fun, safe and responsible manner," said Laura Blake Jones, dean of students. "Whether it's at one of our sponsored events or elsewhere on campus, their health and safety is our No. 1 priority."
The recent effort combines the work of two previously established awareness campaigns, "Expect Respect" and "Stay In the Blue," which encourage students to be respectful, and those of age who choose to drink to keep their blood-alcohol content at low-risk levels of 0.06 or below.