As Halloween eve approaches it offers an opportunity for each of us to consider our commitment to the safety and well-being of ourselves and one another. In light of this opportunity, I wanted to share some reflections of how members of our College community can have a safe, responsible and joyful Halloween.
Below are 10 tips to consider as Halloween festivities begin:
- If you go to a party, go with a group of friends you know and trust.
- Always carry a photo ID.
- Trust and follow your instincts.
- Have a buddy system so that none of your friends wander off alone; avoid being alone with anyone who you don’t know or trust. Please do not leave your friends behind.
- Don’t be afraid to carefully and thoughtfully intervene for a friend if it appears she/he needs help.
- Know your surroundings and plan for your return to campus or home. Always carry emergency cash and keep phone numbers to local cab companies if needed. Also, have your charged cell phone with you.
- Remember, if you or a friend are intoxicated, impaired judgment places you at a much greater risk for injury, risk to potentially harm/hurt yourself or others, unwanted sexual contact, or police intervention.
- Pay close attention when driving and eliminate any distractions you might have and keep your eye on the road for any Halloween activities and trick-or-treaters. Make sure your costume does not inhibit your ability to drive or see. Plan to coordinate a responsible designated driver.
- Be a safe pedestrian. Consider your costume, and avoid wearing one that inhibits your ability to see and move freely. Use special caution when crossing the street, and be sure motorists see you before you cross.
- Stay alert.
In addition, as a thoughtful and inclusive College community committed to responsible leadership, global citizenship and the care and concern of each other, I wanted to share an Ohio University student leader poster campaign that raises awareness surrounding their “We’re a Culture not a Costume series.” I hope you will find the link to the campaign thought-provoking in how we should honor and respect one another’s identities: http://www.ohio.edu/orgs/stars/Poster_Campaign.html.
As you have fun, please stay true to your highest character and self.
With deep gratitude-
Mamta Accapadi, Vice President for Student Affairs
Maria Martinez, AVP Human Resources and Risk Management
Ken Miller, Director of Campus Safety
Meghan Harte Weyant, AVP & Dean of Students
Diane Willingham, Title IX Coordinator
* Sources: RAINN’s Halloween Safety Tips retrieved from: http://www.rainn.org/news-room/news/Halloween-Safety-Tips