Unofficial Homecoming Event Precautions

Dear Students,

 

Please be aware that promotors may circulate campus advertising "official" University of West Georgia events that are not actually university-sponsored. These include recent fliers promoting an "official" UWG Homecoming Weekend celebrations at a local entertainment venue. These are not university-sponsored events. Homecoming is an exciting and fun time for all of us at West Georgia. Because your safety is our primary concern, we strongly recommend that you always follow the safety precautions below. If you have questions about whether an event is university-sponsored, or have other questions or concerns that you'd like to discuss, please contact my office at 678-829-6423 or e-mail me at acaudill@westga.edu.  There are many of us on campus to assist you!

 

Sincerely,

Alicia Caudill, Ph.D.

acaudill@westga.edu

Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Student Affairs – Bonner House

Safety Precautions:

  • Go out with people who have earned your trust.
  • Ask yourself:
    • Are your friends intelligent enough to make the right decision about your health and safety in a dangerous situation or an emergency?
    • Are your friends courageous enough to do the right thing for you?
    • Are your friends sober enough to have your back, if needed?
  • Always stay in control of your environment. Predators and thieves are known to target vulnerable people, including those who are under the influence.
  • Do not allow strangers to volunteer to be your designated driver. Some people prey on vulnerable women and men in this way.
  • Program the number for University Police in your phone:  678-839-6000
  • Program the numbers of local cab companies in your phone before you go out.
  • Sign up for Wolf Guardian (a system that turns your cell phone into a panic button) at: http://www.westga.edu/assetsDept/pubsafe/Wolf_Guardian_-_Web_Page_-_Version_2_Aug_2012.pdf
  • Knowledge is power. Talk to people who are familiar with the clubs BEFORE you go. Advertising may not reflect the reality of the setting, and you might find yourself in danger of physical or emotional harm.
  • If tempers escalate at parties and clubs, LEAVE IMMEDIATELY.  Have a plan to meet up with the members of your group. Make a commitment to stay together.
  • Alcohol remains the #1 date rape drug in the United States. Do not drink from common containers or share the drinks of others.
  • Know the symptoms of blood alcohol poisoning and get help (loss of consciousness; cold, clammy, bluish skin, slow or irregular breathing of less than 8 time per minute; vomiting while sleeping.)  Call 911 or University Police immediately for assistance.
  • Know where to get medical attention. As a UWG student you are eligible for medical services at Health Services, and although our Center is not open at night, students impacted by sexual violence may call the University Policy at 678-839-6000 to receive free, confidential medical and/or counseling services after hours.
  • Beware of venues/events with flyers promoting free alcohol for women who come to parties at private residences.
  • If you have concerns about the welfare of another student - or you are worried about a potentially dangerous person/situation you may report your concerns anonymously on UWGCares: http://www.westga.edu/uwgcares/