Welcome Week is a great time for students to get to know each other, make new friends and forge a new identity. But students must be aware of the risks that come with partying during Welcome Week, said Lt. Rima Sifri, Crime Prevention and RAD Coordinator at AU.
Sifri detailed a number of potential safety concerns for students when they attend parties during Welcome Week:
- Students should not trust other students right away and get into cars with people they don’t know.
- Students should go to and leave parties with the same group of people, and should consider finding alternate routes to parties if possible, Sifri said.
- Drink in moderation, don’t accept an open drink and know when to stop drinking.
Sifri said that there have been instances where students need to be transported to the hospital with a blood alcohol content of .2 or .3.
Sifri also urges students to take advantage of the Safe Ride to Campus Program. If a student is stuck within a 10-mile radius of AU with no money and no way of getting back to campus, they can hail a cab and have it take them to the Public Safety office. Public Safety will then reimburse the cab fee and charge that fee to a student’s account.
Sifri hopes students will take advantage of AU’s on-campus events during Welcome Week as an alternative to drinking.
Correction: This story referred to students transported to hospitals with blood alcohol contents of 2.0 or 3.0. In fact, transports have been necessary for students with BACs of .2 or .3. This version has been corrected.