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It is important to know that even if you aren’t living on campus that you are subject to all campus policy and regulation, see below:
Off-Campus Behavior and Responsibility Students at Gwynedd Mercy University are members of both the University community and the communities surrounding the University. All members of the University community have the obligation to adhere to the policies of the University and laws of the federal, state and local jurisdictions. The University’s practice is to hold students responsible for behavior off campus. Student behavior, both positive and negative, reflects upon the University. The University reserves the right to investigate, and if deemed appropriate, take disciplinary action on complaints received concerning off-campus student behavior from the police, neighbors, property owners, other students, faculty, staff, and the public at large. Students whose behavior off campus is contrary to public law and/or the Code will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.
All students must be aware of the following:
Alcohol Policy (PDF)
Student Code of Conduct (PDF)
Statement of Purpose
Gwynedd Mercy University is committed to providing a living and learning community that promotes the health and safety of all members through our educational processes and in sustaining a climate conducive to personal growth and development. The wellness of Gwynedd Mercy University students is of primary concern. To this end, the Good Samaritan Policy has been developed to reduce the harmful effects caused by alcohol and other related drugs. When students decide to drink, the University expects they do so in a responsible and legal manner. However, the University recognizes that there may be times when students may experience severe intoxication or serious injury relating to alcohol and/or other related drug use. Under those circumstances, Gwynedd Mercy University expects students to call for medical assistance. The University is committed to ensuring that all situations are handled with competence and compassion and prioritize safety over policy violation.
Ok, so now that you know the laws and campus policies, lets talk about what you can do in your planning to set yourself up for safety and success!
Let’s start with environmental planning, the what and the where!
If you are going to host the party at your home let’s review ways to make your home safe and reduce the risk of potential dangers!
Housemates, if you have them, make sure everyone knows, and is on board with having the party! Communication and compromise are key in successful roommate relationships! The last thing you want to do is host a party without a housemate’s consent and cause conflict within your home! If one of your housemates doesn’t agree and you would like to have the party anyway, talk with them about ways to compromise. Would they mind staying with a friend/family for the night? If not, perhaps rescheduling, cancelling, or finding a different location would be a better idea.
Talk to your neighbors. If you live in an apartment, or a home that is in close proximity to another, you should make sure to give your neighbors a heads up about your party. They are less likely to report your party if they are aware of it, if appropriate you can even invite them! The last thing you want to do is host a party that wakes up a sleeping newborn baby, or someone who works long hours, you’ll be sure to have the police on your doorstep!
Noise: Make sure to know the noise ordinances in your town, even if you talk to your neighbors if your party gets too loud, or is loud too late the police may show up regardless! Make sure your guests respect the noise level and if they won’t respect this, be prepared to ask them to leave. And always take note of the music volume!
Parking. If you live in a residential area, and many of your guests will be driving or parking cars at your home, make sure you address parking issues. Another way to get the cops called on your party is by blocking a neighbor’s car, driveway, or taking up all the parking in the neighborhood. Make sure you tell your guests where they can and cannot park, and make sure you check periodically to make sure no one breaks the rules.
Guest list: This is an important topic to cover and plan, and one that most people do not consider. Who will be at your party? Here are some things to consider:
How many people are you inviting? Can your home accommodate it if they all come?
Are you guests allowed to bring a friend?
How will you monitor the guests who attend?
What will you do if a guest arrives already intoxicated?
What will you do if someone unwanted or uninvited arrives?
Things we suggest:
This is a VERY tricky subject and needs to be given through planning. Once again, as a University we do not condone parties that are solely based around alcohol and encourage students to host “sober” parties whenever possible; however, if you choose to host a party that involves alcohol we want you to be prepared to keep yourself and everyone in attendance safe.
Sober Party Information (PDF)
The biggest thing to decide is HOW alcohol will be present at your party? We have various things for you to consider.
First and foremost, if you plan to have alcohol present at your party one thing you should always have in place is a “Sober host” one of the housemates/roommates who has been designated to stay sober to be able to monitor the party and ensure the safety of your guests. This would be the person who keeps an eye on people’s alcohol consumption, looks out for warning signs of alcohol poisoning, who can step in if there is a problem/confrontation, or will contact authorities if the party gets out of hand or someone needs medical attention. This will also ensure that there is at least one sober person if anyone needs to drive at any point during the party.
Secondly, will you be providing alcohol?
If you choose to provide guests with alcohol here are some things you should think about:
Or, will you allow your guests to bring their own alcohol?
No matter how alcohol arrives at your home, please be sure to review the safety tips below, as well as the warning signs for alcohol poisoning and bystander intervention. But here are a few things that you can easily do to prevent excessive consumption.
Alcohol Information about BAC
Your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is the percentage of your blood volume that is alcohol. The more you drink, the more your BAC increases. As BAC increases, alcohol’s effects become less pleasant and more dangerous. The rate at which a person’s BAC rises varies depending on:
Binge drinking is a pattern of excessive alcohol use that increases a person’s blood alcohol content very rapidly. This typically happens when men consumer 5 or more drinks, and when women consumer 4 or more drinks, in about 2 hours. About 90% of the alcohol consumed by U.S. youth under the age of 21 is in the form of bingeing. Binge drinking is associated with many health problems, including but not limited to:
How do you plan to make sure your friends are getting home safely? Things to consider:
If you choose to host a party in your home, there are various situations that could occur in your home where you would need to recognize warning signs and be able to intervene to protect your friends, here you can find a quick video that could help. Watch now!
Be prepared for police involvement. This could happen for so many reasons when there is a party, so its important to be prepared on how to handle it.
It’s important to be prepared for the possibility of one of your party goers having too much to drink. Here are some tips on how to interact with an intoxicated individual:
It is an unfortunately very well-known fact that alcohol consumption increases the risk of sexual assault. In fact, alcohol is involved in a majority of sexual assaults, and it is important to know what to do if someone was sexually assaulted at your party.
All students can reach out to our Title IX coordinator if they have been the victim of any type of sexual violence. All students may also receive free and confidential services from our counselling office as well.