See Something, Say Something, Do Something
Additionally, we recognize that there is an increase in high-risk behaviors this time of year. These can create vulnerable spaces and cause individuals to be targeted by people with predatory intentions. It is important to watch out for one another; travel in groups whenever possible. 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. 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 are offensive and unacceptable. We no longer want to see costumes that reinforce racism, sexism, homophobia, or classism. 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 This Week
There are a number of Halloween events that offer fun, free entertainment and activities for UO students this week, including:
The pandemic has been hard for all of us, and we want you and your peers to have some fun, responsibly. You have been so resilient and continue to inspire both of us and our teams. 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.
Yvette and Kevin