Alcohol and Drugs
All too often, alcohol and drugs are a main part of socializing at the University. Many even consider the use of alcohol and/or drugs to be a very natural part of the University experience, and one that rarely has any consequences. Unfortunately, many ‘good times’ on campus have quickly turned into very bad memories as alcohol and drugs are added into the picture. As you go through your education here, remember that you are in charge of the choices that you make, and that you will be held responsible even for decisions that are made while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Follow the ‘buddy’ system when you are out at a bar or function where alcohol is involved. Look out for your friends, and have them look out for you.
- Monitor your alcohol intake. Over-indulgence often lessens the experience.
- Do not leave your drink unattended. Either take your drink with you as you mingle, or be prepared to let it be thrown out. The only way to monitor exactly what is in your drink is to watch it at all times.
- Do NOT drink and drive.
- Do NOT get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking.
- Keep enough cash on hand to pay for a taxi ride home.
Illegal drug use is not tolerated on campus. If you are caught under the influence of an illegal substance, or in possession of an illegal substance, action may be taken against you. This could include criminal charges, or academic action. We want your experiences while you are a student to be positive and beneficial. If you feel you need help with a drug abuse problems please contact Student Health and Counselling Services.
Date Rape Drugs
Most people have heard the terms "predator" or "date rape" drugs. These substances are designed to render you incapable of saying no or asserting yourself and your needs.
Here are some tips to protect yourself:
- Don't accept open drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from others who you do not know or do not trust.
- When in bars or clubs always get your drink directly from the bartender and do not take your eyes off the bartender or your order; don't use the waitress or let somebody go to the bar for you.
- At parties, only accept drinks in sealed containers: bottles, cans or tetra packs.
- Never leave your drink unattended or turn your back on your table.
- Do not drink from open beverage sources like punch bowls, pitchers or tubs.
- Keep your eyes and ears open; if there is talk of date rape drugs or if friends seem "too intoxicated" for what they have ingested, leave the party or club immediately and don't go back!