Party Smart – Going Out
If you choose to drink, take care of yourself and your friends.
- Always travel to and from social activities in a group.
- It is recommended that you have at least one sober person in your group.
- Remember that if you are under 21, it is illegal to use alcohol on or off campus.
- If you are served or consume alcohol at a party and you are underage, you are putting your host at risk for legal problems.
- It is illegal for persons of any age to possess an open container of alcohol in a public place.
- Remain calm, don’t lie and be respectful if stopped by police.
- When you arrive home or to your residence hall, remember to be respectful of other students who may be studying or sleeping.
- Don’t be afraid to call 911 if you feel someone is having difficulty breathing, passing out or any other level of unconsciousness, has cold clammy skin, has bluish tint on lips and fingernails, or is vomiting while passed out or sleeping.
- If you are unable to walk, call a taxi or Campus Escort at 593-4040.
Party Smart – Hosting
If you choose to host a party where alcohol will be present, take care of yourself and your friends. For more detailed advice, check out the Party Guide, produced by the Center for Student Legal Services.
- Control party entrances and exits.
- Make signs locating the rest rooms.
- Provide non-alcoholic drinks.
- Have plenty of high-protein food available.
- Keep music at a reasonable level.
- Keep guests inside with the windows shut.
- Pick up trash outside.
- Remember that it is illegal for persons of any age to possess an open container in public.
- Plan activities that do not involve alcohol for your party.
- Lock bedroom doors.
Party Smart – Fire Safety
If you choose to host a gathering or a party where alcohol will be present, take care of yourself and your friends.
- Make sure any incense is burning in a fire-safe container.
- Make sure guests put ashes in ashtrays and not on the floor or in the yard.
- Never empty ashtrays until smoldering materials are completely out.
- Never smoke or allow guests to smoke around flammables like aerosol spray cans, party decorations or nail polish.
- Extinguish any candles and tiki torches at the end of a party.
- If you have a fire alarm system, make sure you know how to activate it fire alarm system and that it is working.
- Make sure there is a fire extinguisher on your property.
- Turn off all outdoor lights at the end of party, including party lights.
- Make sure you have working smoke detectors in each bedroom and in the hallways.
- Don’t remove batteries from smoke detectors.