Capital University's Safety Bulletin has been updated with a cautionary reminder from Capital police about the importance of making safe choices if you choose to drink alcohol.
We are sharing this information with you for your awareness and to provide you with information that will help you make smart, informed decisions about your health and safety.
Capital University police are issuing a cautionary reminder to students about the risks of drinking heavily, becoming separated from friends, and going places with people you don't know and trust. Police have been dispatched in the last month to investigate several incidents related to heavy drinking.
In two separate cases, students took the party bus from Capital to an area bar, where they were drinking, met someone outside of their group, and became separated from their friends. In one incident, the student reported blacking out and not being able to remember most of the night. The other incident involves an alleged sexual assault that is reported to have occurred in the bar after the student became separated from friends. Columbus Police are investigating.
September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Here are some important steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim:
- Don't let alcohol or other drugs interfere with your ability to take care of yourself and make sensible decisions.
- Set a “Party Safe” limit for how many drinks you’re going to have. Tell a friend the limit, count your drinks and don’t go over your limit.
- Remember the acronym HALT. Don't drink if you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. HALT drinking if any of those apply.
- Don't accept drinks from someone you don't know and trust. Always watch your drink and never leave it unattended.
- Follow your instincts. If a place or the way someone acts makes you nervous or uneasy, get out. If you need to call a friend to escort you home, don't hesitate to do so.
- Be a good friend and watch out for the people you're with. If they seem more "out of it" than usual, be very wary and keep an eye out for them.
- Check out a first date or a blind date with friends. Meet in and go to public places. Don't leave a social event with someone you've just met or don't know well.
- Carry money for a taxi, or take your own car.
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