October 29, 2015

Dear Students,

Congratulations on making it half way through first semester. Your hard work is paying off, but there is still a lot to do before finals creep up in December. It is natural and healthy to seek out releases from the many stresses college students encounter; Halloween is certainly one of those opportunities.

We acknowledge that alcohol may play a role in Halloween festivities. While the majority of students make good decisions regarding alcohol use, Halloween tends to be a time when many overindulge.

With that in mind, we want to do everything we can to keep you healthy and safe.
The Marquette Police Department and the Milwaukee Police Department will increase their patrols throughout the weekend. We expect you to be responsible and respectful both on and off campus. Both police departments will enforce laws related to underage drinking, public intoxication, open containers and public disturbance. Students can also be subject to university sanctions as well.

Most importantly, we ask that you watch out for each other, report suspicious activity and call for medical assistance if you suspect a friend has consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol. The university adheres to its Good Samaritan Policy, but we expect students to uphold the community expectations expressed in the Student Conduct Code—respect for self and for others —and to comply with municipal laws.

On campus, there are a number of activities occurring throughout the weekend, including a haunted house in Carpenter Tower and trivia at the Annex on Thursday, jazz at the Annex and Haunted Milwaukee Ghost Tours on Friday; Late Night Halloween with hypnotist, pumpkin carving, and other activities on Saturday; and free movies at the Varsity Friday and Saturday. Information on these events and others are available on the Late Night Marquette website.

Whether you go to these events or a friend’s residence, I encourage you to take LIMOs, use our Blue Light phones and walk in groups. You can also download the Blue Light app, which has a “walk safe” feature that allows you to share your traveling location with a close contact. If you do choose to celebrate off campus, we want you to travel safely. We have collaborated with Uber and if you register for an account at http://uber.com/go/MUsaferide and use code MUSAFERIDE, your first Uber ride is free.

Everyone on campus wants our students to have fun, but we all want you to be safe and healthy. We care about your wellbeing and ultimate success. Marquette thrives because we are a community, and you are an integral part.

Jim McMahon, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

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