In years past, there are have many security issues as far as student activities go. This includes on- and off-campus events such as Cal Poly sports games, parties, and the like. College students are often not privy to the dangers certain events may hold--or if they are privy, are not always caring--and thus these events result in sometimes tragic events. In the best interest of the student body, the Dean of Students sends out an annual message around the time of large events, especially around Halloween, football, and soccer season--some of the largest event times at Cal Poly. Below you will find the letter to students regarding safety during this party-ridden season.
Dear Cal Poly Student:
In the next few weeks you will have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities: Parent Weekend [weekend of October 25-27], Cal Poly sports events, and Halloween festivities. If you choose to celebrate, please be mindful of the choices you make and, most important, to take care of each other. Whether you participate in activities on and off campus this weekend or next, please take precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
* Don't go out alone; travel with someone you trust.
* If you go out, go with a group of friends, check in with each other often, and make sure to leave together.
* If you're of legal age, limit alcohol and make good decisions.
* Avoid risky situations; it's always safest to stay sober.
* Never place your safety in the hands of a person under the influence, including yourself.
* If someone becomes sick and needs emergency room help, please, please, please dial 911 for advice and assistance. Please note that the emergency room is a safe zone. You will not get in trouble helping a friend get to the emergency room.
I also want to remind you to be aware of the consequences you might face for inappropriate and/or illegal behavior. Violation of campus policies or criminal laws regarding alcohol may result in severe academic sanctions or a permanent criminal record. The campus police and San Luis Obispo City Police are stepping up patrols with larger deployment of officers and increase in fines for the weekend.
It is important for me to let you know that the Social Host Ordinance will be strictly enforced in the City of San Luis Obispo; that includes severe sanctions and double fines starting at $700.
* If you host a party or gathering, you are responsible for making sure no one under the age of 21 possesses or consumes alcohol.
* If anyone under 21 is drinking at your party, you could be held criminally liable: 1st offense is $2,000.
* Keep your social gatherings small and in control.
* Be aware and respectful of your neighbors.
If you go downtown, I ask that you please remember you are always a Mustang. How you behave on and off campus is a reflection of not only you, but also a reflection of the University. Cal Poly has a great reputation. As citizens of this campus and of the community, I ask that you help us keep our reputation strong.
Finally, it is all of our responsibility to protect the safety of one another. If you see someone that needs help, please call the University police or the SLO City police by dialing 911.
Know the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
Snoring –Gasping for Air
Hypothermia – Cold & Clammy Skin
Loss of Consciousness
Paleness or Blueness of Skin
The Mustang Way : Pride, Character, Responsibility.
With these very helpful tips form the Dean, it is the hope that Cal Poly students will as she says "look out for each other" and remember "The Mustang Way".
(Email Content Credit: Jean DeCosta, Cal Poly Dean of Students)