A safety reminder to “Party Smart” was issued to students on Friday warning students about drugged drinks and providing additional information on precautions at parties.
The email, from Senior Vice President of the Office of Student Life, Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, and Director of the Department of Public Safety, Monica Moll, is the second to warn students about possibly being drugged, following a similar Neighborhood Safety Notice emailed Feb. 14.
The reminder addressed legal concerns, first stating that drugging a person’s drink is a crime and reminded students that 21 is the legal drinking age in Ohio and that providing alcohol to anyone underage is illegal. Fake I.D.s were also stated as illegal. The reminder also said that any misuse of alcohol may be a violation of law or university policy.
The reminder warned students to protect and monitor any type of drinks at a party, whether it be alcoholic or not. It is also advised to not ingest any unsealed beverages or leave a drink unattended.
If any suspicious activity is suspected, the reminder urged students to report it to the police as well as to seek medical attention if too much alcohol or potential unknown substances have been ingested.
The report also reminded students not to drink in excess and to be aware of the signs of alcohol poisoning, symptoms can include unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened, exhibiting slow breathing or has cold or pale skin or vomiting while “sleeping” or passed out. If students experience any of these symptoms, the report advises them to seek help as soon as possible.
“Our top priority is your health, safety and wellbeing,” the email said. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help or resources as you make decisions and support your fellow Buckeyes.”