We are so proud of everyone’s commitment to ensuring a safe campus for all. As you know, the University of Oregon is committed to our goal of creating a safe and inclusive campus, so all students can thrive. As we approach Halloween next week, we want to remind everyone of the following: Take care of yourself and take care of your friends, guests, and each other.
Alcohol and Drug Information
The legal drinking age is 21 and it is illegal to provide alcohol to minors. These laws are always enforced in the state of Oregon, and will be highly enforced around the time of Halloween. The heightened police presence is an effort to ensure the safety of our community.
We recognize that some students may choose to engage in high-risk behaviors, such as binge drinking or illicit drug consumption. At the end of the day, our priority is ensuring and maintaining the safety of each other. As of several years ago, medical amnesty was passed in Oregon. Medical amnesty allows people to call emergency response, such as 9-1-1, when needing medical support. It protects you if you call for help for yourself or for another person from incurring a Minor in Possession (MIP). This law is especially helpful when someone needs attention for alcohol poisoning or when alcohol was used in other acts of violence. Don’t forget the signs of alcohol poisoning—shallow breathing, unresponsiveness, cold or clammy skin, pale or bluish color, vomiting, and mental confusion. We want to encourage you all to call and get help for alcohol poisoning or experiences of violence.
See Something, Say Something, Do Something
On our campus, we are committed to creating and sustaining a safe campus environment. Simply put, Ducks take care of each other. It is important to watch out for one another; travel in groups whenever possible, and commit to not leaving someone behind. If something looks suspicious, trust your instincts. Alcohol is the number one drug used by predators to facilitate sexual assault. It is our responsibility as Ducks to actively protect each other by 1) not violating one another, and 2) intervening in potentially harmful situations. Do not assume that others will intervene—we act because we know it’s ALL of our responsibility to prevent sexual violence or other harmful situation. When you hear something, say something. When you see something, do something.
Halloween Costumes: Cultures Are Not Costumes
We also want to remind everyone to choose costumes that are respectful to others and that are in keeping with our community standards. Costumes that reinforce negative stereotypes of cultures and groups that reinforce racism, sexism, homophobia, or classism are offensive and unacceptable. It is unacceptable to “dress up” as Native American, in Black face, as an immigrant, or inappropriately depict any other cultural, social, religious, or political identity. As active and respectful community members, we expect everyone at the UO to dress in ways that are respectful to all members of our community.
Events on Campus
There are a number of Halloween-related events that offer fun, free entertainment and activities for UO students in the days ahead, including:
It is not easy to make difficult choices, and we encourage you to safely intervene—or contact the appropriate resource if it is unsafe—in situations that are inappropriate. Be an active bystander. We are here to support you in your college experiences and academic pursuits, and the first step in achieving that is establishing a safe, respectful, and inclusive campus for all.