Test new safety app; increased officer patrols for Halloween

October 27, 2014

Dear Students,

Midterm grades are out and we are halfway through the semester. A lot of hard work is done, yet there is much more 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.

With that in mind, we want to do everything we can to keep you safe.

I want you to be aware that the Department of Public Safety and the Milwaukee Police Department will increase their patrols throughout the weekend. I expect you to be responsible and respectful both on and off campus.  

On campus, there are a number of activities occurring throughout the weekend, including a haunted house in Carpenter Tower on Thursday; Late Night Halloween with hypnotist, pumpkin carving, and other activities on Friday; 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 test a new app called Blue Light , 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 recently collaborated with the rideshare service Uber. If you register for an account at http://uber.com/go/MUsaferide and use code MUSAFERIDE, your first Uber ride is free.

We acknowledge that alcohol is likely to 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. 

At their discretion, Milwaukee Police Department will enforce laws related to underage drinking, public intoxication, open containers and public disturbance. Students can also be subject to university sanctions as well. We encourage you to 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 I 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.

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. L. Christopher Miller
Vice President for Student Affairs


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