College is often correlated with partying, given students are living on their own for the first time in a close-knit community where it can be easy to fall victim to peer pressure and drink too much.
Humber Residence stays on top of student safety by conducting nightly Residence Assistant (RA) rounds on residence to make sure that no rules are being broken. On busier nights, such as weekends, rounds are done more frequently.
“When an incident comes up and a resident has broken a rule or regulation or has shown a disrespectful act, we document it with an incident report,” said second-year Creative Photography student and Residence Assistant Cara Vanmassenhoven.
Humber residence has rules prohibiting beer bottles, anything over 40.oz, drinking games and drinking in public areas. Vanmassenhoven said Humber’s main concern is student safety.
“We promote responsible drinking, not excessive drinking. That’s why another pretty strict rule is no drinking games,” she said.
Fashion Arts student Rachel McKay, 21, had a scary situation after an alcohol-fueled night ended in the back of an ambulance.
“At the time I didn’t know what was going on. Now that I think back to it, I realize just how scary and dangerous and stupid it really was,” McKay said.
She said that scary experience made her realize there are safer means of partying and that having a fun night out doesn’t always have to involve alcohol.
Humber runs the Campus Walk program for students to help promote safety and comfort. Campus Walk is available 24/7 and provides students with a walking partner to escort them anywhere across campus.
“The intent is to provide a sense of safety and security to those that might feel vulnerable walking alone on campus using the safety-in-numbers principle,” said Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management at Humber, Rob Kilfoyle.
He said anyone on campus can request this service so when students go to a party off-campus Campus Walk can come in handy to help them get back to their rooms safely when they’ve returned to the campus periphery.
Kilfoyle highly recommends pre-planning with friends on how to get home safely, avoiding any dangerous and unexpected situations.
He also says that keeping identification and your cell phone on you at all times are safe and smart things to do while partying.