Stay safe and stay well on St. Patrick’s Day.
That was the key message of the email sent Wednesday to Loyola University Chicago students from the Vice President for Student Development.
With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations happening this weekend, Dr. Robert D. Kelly sent out a mass email telling students to make wise decisions when drinking and to remember the Student Promise.
The Division of Student Development is concerned about the potential consequences students might face this St. Patrick’s Day and released the following email to students:
As St. Patrick’s Day weekend approaches, so does the opportunity to experience some of the unique culture and traditions around this holiday in Chicago. From parades to green rivers, St. Patty’s in the Windy City is a special time.
Of course, part of St. Patrick’s Day culture also involves the choice to take part in drinking or not. It is our hope that you, as Ramblers, make smart and informed decisions about how you choose to spend the day. Remember the Student Promise: to care for yourself, care for others, and care for the community.
Loyola never condones underage drinking; however we also know that there will be some students who choose to drink when under the legal age of 21. Our most sincere hope is that all our students stay safe this weekend and throughout the year. Whether or not you are over 21, if you choose to drink, it is always important to practice low/moderate drinking, both for your health and safety, and for the safety of others.
A few quick tips if you choose to drink:
- Pace your drinking to one drink or less per hour
- Shy away from shots or drinks with higher alcohol content
- Sip your drink; don’t chug or slam a drink, especially by playing drinking games
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and potentially prevent a hangover
- Keep track of your drink and what you are drinking
- Set a limit and stick to it; keep a count of how much you have had
- Have friends look out for each other and respect the choice to not drink
- Use public transportation; never drink and drive
However you choose to spend this weekend, please be aware of the potential for negative consequences to arise and know who to go to for help.
If you feel that anyone is in need of help, do not hesitate to get an RA or call Campus Safety (773.508.6039) or 9-1-1. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with Loyola’s Good Samaritan Policy, which was put in place for these types of situations. Making the call is always better than not seeking help at all, but remember, the best way to stay safe is to avoid the emergency in the first place.
We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day weekend and enjoy this special time in our city.
Be Safe, Be Well.
Robert D. Kelly, PhD
Vice President, Student Development