Loyola University Chicago administrators are sounding a warning about excessive alcohol consumption after a number of students have been treated at area hospitals.
Here is a message to students from Robert D. Kelly,Vice President for Student Development:
During this past weekend, a number of incidents took place involving members of our community. On Friday evening, two students were hospitalized who were unresponsive due to alcohol consumption. In fact, this semester we have had 15 transports to the hospital for issues related to alcohol and other drugs. Most disturbing was the critical condition of the students who were hospitalized for severe alcohol intoxication. We are hopeful that they will all recover fully from their injuries. They are each receiving excellent medical care, love, and support as they heal from the trauma. Our hearts go out to these individuals, their families, and friends.
As these serious incidents have occurred at the beginning of our academic year, they remind us all that we must look out for ourselves and be particularly vigilant about the personal safety of friends and guests at our social events. And, if something happens despite the precautions, please seek help immediately by calling the emergency number for the Department of Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.
Trained members of the Student Development team have reached out to the families and students who have been affected by these incidents, offering counseling and support to anyone who desires help. Anyone who needs assistance is urged to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 773.508.8840, the Wellness Center at 773.508.8883, or Campus Ministry at 773.508.2200. Other important resources include Loyola’s Good Samaritan Policy, which you can read at http://www.luc.edu/osccr/pdfs/Student_Handbook_2011.pdf. Faculty and staff needing assistance may contact Perspectives, the Employee Assistance Program, at 800.456.6327.
This is also an important moment for us each to take the time to review the alcohol-related safety tips available on the Loyola website at http://www.luc.edu/ccc/for_students.shtml and general safety tips available on the Campus Safety website at http://www.luc.edu/safety/index.html. We all play an important role in ensuring a safe campus and neighborhood and we are fortunate to have some of the best practices in place here at Loyola.
Last, I am calling on student leaders to start a conversation about the role of alcohol and other drugs in our community. I am asking the members of the Maroon and Gold Society and the Unified Student Government Association to facilitate these conversations. Simply put, alcohol is a significant issue for some students, and they regularly face choices about it, sometimes difficult ones. But the issue of alcohol use and abuse affects us all. Our goal is to reduce alcohol-related harms by creating an environment that promotes responsibility, healthy choices, self-control, and good character. Join me in supporting efforts to better understand this issue and our students.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to these students and their families.
Robert D. Kelly, PhD
Vice President for Student Development