Date: October 30, 2012
To: All U.Va. Students
From: Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
- If you go to a party, go with a group of friends you know and trust and leave the party together.
- Use caution if you choose to drink. Drinking alcoholic concoctions (for example, "Jungle Juice") can be dangerous since the alcohol content can vary widely and sweetened beverages can hide the taste of liquor. Never leave a drink unattended.
- Never leave a friend alone, especially if impaired, and do not hesitate to call 911 if medical attention is needed. Students will not face reprisal for seeking help.
- Always carry a photo ID and a cellphone and make sure your friends do the same in case you become incapacitated for any reason.
- Consider your costume, and avoid wearing one that does not allow you to see and move freely. Stop and make sure motorists see you before you cross the street. Be sure the material is nonflammable (and don't burn candles at gatherings - use flameless ones).
- Some people with harmful intentions may take advantage of being unrecognizable in a Halloween costume. Stay in an environment where you can easily get help or move away from someone who is threatening your safety. Be aware of your surroundings.
- If you need a ride home, call SafeRide (434.242.1122) or Yellow Cab (434.295.4131).
For more information and to view Halloween safety posters created by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) peer educators, go to the ADAPT website.
Please make note of these safety reminders. With the daylight hours shortening, these tips are especially useful to remember at this time of year.
Now that Hurricane Sandy is no longer an issue for our area, tomorrow marks a return to a normal schedule, including the annual Trick or Treating festivities taking place on the Lawn from 4 to 6 p.m.
If you have friends or family members who have been affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and you need assistance, please let us know.
Please stay safe and take care of one another.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer