Date: April 23, 2008
To: All U.Va. Students
From: Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Subject: Please celebrate safely and responsibly
For many of you, this weekend will be a chance to celebrate before classes end and exams begin. Please make plans to keep yourself and your friends safe.
If you attend the Foxfield Races, you will notice a significant law enforcement presence. As a reminder, this is not a U.Va.-sponsored event. The Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, and the Albemarle County Police are continuing their efforts to provide a safe environment for spectators attending the races and to deter and detect crime – specifically alcohol-related offenses. These agencies, as well as a private security force, will be monitoring the crowd closely and citing those who engage in illegal activities.
In addition to making sure you bring enough water, food, and sunscreen to the event, consider the following ways to stay safe on Saturday.
* Public transportation, provided by Charlottesville Transit Services (CTS) will be available on Saturday to travel safely between the Grounds and Foxfield. No one should take the risk of drinking and driving.
* CTS buses will run on 15-minute schedules before and after the races.
* Cost: $10 roundtrip (cash only and no change provided). FREE return to Grounds after the races for ANY student.
* Pick-up and drop-off points:
- The Student Activities Building at Scott Stadium
- McCormick Road near the Chapel
- The Park, near the JAG School
* Times: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (to Foxfield)
4 to 7 p.m. (return to Grounds). Buses depart from the West Gate entrance on Garth Road near the airplane hangar.
* Students may leave their cars in the Foxfield Invitation Parking Lot overnight if needed, free of charge or risk of towing.
FREE FOOD AND WATER
The U.Va. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) peer educators will once again host a Student Safety Tent near the of-age ID tent to provide free water, light snacks and sunscreen for ALL race attendees. The Student Safety Tent also registers designated drivers for the Savvy Fox Sober Driver program. Savvy Fox participants receive free sodas all day and a free pizza.
GETTING MEDICAL HELP
* Above all, do not hesitate to seek medical attention from a First Aid Tent when needed. Do not leave a friend to “sleep it off.”
- There will be three first-aid stations: 1. next to the airplane hangar by the West Gate, 2. in the Orange student section just after you cross over the track from the invitation parking area, and 3. in the Green section just after the crossing gate from the Orange section. The first-aid stations will be staffed by U.Va. Emergency Department and EMT personnel. You will be able to identify First Aid Tents by looking for a large flag with a green cross.
- If you have concerns about a friend’s immediate safety, call 911. Tell the 911 dispatcher that you are calling from the Foxfield Races and that you need medical attention. Make sure you have your plot location (a letter and number combination found on the parking tag). Medical personnel will come to your plot.
- If you will be taking private transportation to Foxfield, exercise appropriate caution. If you are riding in an open truck or Jeep, do not sit on the edge of the flatbed or at a raised height where you risk serious injury in the event of an accident or flying objects.
- Help keep the Grounds and other areas clean. Use trash receptacles provided at the bus stops and other spots.
We care about you and your safety. Please make sure your chance to celebrate does not end in tragedy or regret. Rely on your instincts and be safe.
For more tips on enjoying a safe Foxfield, please see: http://www.foxfieldraces.com/spring.cfm?action=students
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
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