As students prepare for the age-old traditions practiced on St. Patrick's Day, the Dean of Students, Jean DeCosta, sends out a letter reminded students of do's and don't's.
In order to protect students as well as the reputation of Cal Poly as a whole, she felt it was important to share some strong suggestions as well as a few "fun" facts. For example, she states that
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.
On top of this, for those hosting parties with guests under the legal drinking age, a first offence fine for getting caught is a whopping $2,000! With that in mind, the dean goes on to say that keeping social gatherings small and in control, as well as being aware and respectful of neighbors is key.
The Do's and Don't's DeCosta offers are as follows:
- 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
- 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.
However, what is most respectable about what the dean says is that she knows that students--especially those of age--will drink on the upcoming holidays (Cesar Chavez Day and Spring Break, along with St. Patty's), and therefore does not overtly attempt to lecture students to do otherwise--something that can often create an opposite effect. It is clear that what is most important during the upcoming holidays is safety. The message being, whatever you do, be safe.
As a closing statement, DeCosta reminds the students who they are and what they represent, stating,
If you go downtown, I ask that you please remember you are always a Mustang. How you behave on and off campus reflects not only on you, but also on 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.
The hopes for great and safe holidays are present and clear. As students celebrate this weekend and finish up finals next week, there is no doubt that good times are coming for Cal Poly students.