Loyola University Chicago

Safety Net Coalition

St. Patrick's Day Weekend

St. Patrick's Day is a time of celebration and fun for students, especially in Chicagoland. However, if your celebration involves alcohol, there is an increased chance of accidents, legal issues, alcohol poisoning, and other negative consequences. Learn about how to stay safe this St. Patrick's Day, and how to enjoy the weekend without relying on alcohol. Please see the FAQs below for a schedule of LUC events, tips on how to stay safe if you choose to drink, and a reminder of Loyola expectations and policies. Don't rely on luck this St. Patrick's Day! Plan ahead and celebrate responsibly.

 

There will be many fun events happening around campus over St. Patrick's Day weekend. Students will have the opportunity to play laser tag and go to a performance by a comedian! Various student groups are also hosting themed events, and each residence hall will be offering programs for students that weekend.

Please see the schedule of St. Patrick's Day weekend events below:

Friday, March 15th: Movie Screening, On the Basis of Sex

Location: DSC Cinema, 7 pm and 9:30 pm

Description: “The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal right, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.”

Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Teroux

Friday, March 15th: Late Night Breakfast

Location: DSC Den, time TBD

Saturday, March 16th: Laser Tag

Location: DSC MPR, 12-3 pm

Saturday, March 16th: Surprise Comedian Performance! 

Location: Mundelein Auditorium, 7 pm

Sunday, March 17th (St. Patrick's Day!): Movie Screening, Luck of the Irish

Location: DSC Cinema, 12 pm (There will be coffee and donuts!)

 “Kyle Johnson, a high school teenager, must battle for a gold charm to keep his family from being controlled by an evil leprechaun.”

 Disney Channel original movie starring: Ryan Merriman, Henry Gibson, and Alexis Lopez

 

There are many ways to celebrate St. Patricks Day that do not involve alcohol. If you do choose to drink alcohol, please follow these important tips to minimize risk:

 

  • Eat food (with fat/protein) before and during the festivities
  • Alternate non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid hard liquor and shots
  • Pace your drinking to 1 drink or less per hour
  • Keep track of your drink and what you are drinking; if a stranger hands you a drink, decline
  • If you don't know what is in a drink (like green punch), choose something else
  • Set a drink limit and stick to it
  • Designate a trusted friend to help you stick to your drink limit
  • Come up with a plan with friends on how to safely get to and from the parade or party
  • Remember Loyola’s Good Samaritan policy and seek help for your friends and yourself. (3 steps: Get help, stay with your friend, and follow up)

 

Please ask for help if you are in a situation where you are worried about the health and safety of yourselves or others. The St. Patrick's day parade downtown attracts large crowds, and many spectators may have consumed alcohol. If you need assistance for yourself or a friend and you are off-campus, please call 911 or find the nearest police officer.

If you are on-campus, and there is a safety or alcohol emergency, please call Campus Safety at 773-508-6039 and alert your RA if you live in a residence hall. If you need advocacy services, please call the Sexual Assault Advocacy line at 773-494-3810.

A standard drink of wine, beer, or hard liquor all contain around the same amount of alcohol. A standard glass of wine is 5 oz and 12% alcohol, a standard beer is 12 oz and 5% alcohol, and a standard 1.5 oz shot is 80 proof, or 40% alcohol. Knowing what one drink is can be very helpful as it can help you not go over your chosen drink limit. (Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).

Measuring and making your own drinks can help ensure that they do not contain more alcohol then you want to consume. Also be aware in situations where there is a punch at a party, it is impossible to tell how much alcohol it contains.

The Good Sam medical amnesty policy was created to make it easier for students to secure help for their friends during an alcohol or drug medical emergency. If your friend needs help, please follow the three steps of Good Sam:

1. Call for help

2. Stay with your friend till help arrives

3. Follow up with the conduct office afterwards

If you follow those steps and act in good faith, you and your friend will not be found responsible by Loyola for underage drinking or drug use. However, you need to ask for help for this policy to apply, and it will not apply if the students involved are combative with emergency services or have violated a policy such as vandalizing property.

Please see the full text of the policy in Loyola's community standards here:

At Loyola University Chicago, student safety is paramount. In incidents of crisis or medical emergency, Loyola students are expected to care for themselves and for others in the Loyola community by getting help from appropriate officials even when violations of the Community Standards have occurred. Because the University understands that fear of disciplinary actions may deter requests for emergency assistance, the Good Samaritan and Medical Amnesty Protocol was created to reduce barriers to seek help. The Good Samaritan and Medical Amnesty Protocol may be enacted in crisis situations involving:

  • Alcohol use
  • Drug use
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Dating/domestic violence
  • Stalking

 

The University strongly considers the positive impact of taking responsible action when determining the appropriate response to any incident. When the University becomes aware of the above situations only because a fellow student or students took responsible action to secure medical or emergency assistance (subject to the conditions below), no formal University conduct record will be accrued by the reporting student(s) or the student in need of help.

Incidents covered by the Good Samaritan and Medical Amnesty Protocol will still be documented, and the completion of educational and/or health interventions, such as BASICS or other intervention will likely be required. Failure to complete the educational and/or health intervention may result in revocation of the amnesty.

If you are planning to host a party to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, please remember that Loyola is situated in a residential area with many families. Please be respectful of our campus and off-campus community, and follow the LUC community standards and city and state laws.

If you are hosting a party at an off-campus residence, you cannot provide alcohol to people under the age of 21. If you are asked by Campus Safety or Chicago police to end a party due to noise and other complaints, you must end the party immediately and ask guests to leave. If there is alcohol at the party, guests cannot drink it outside the residence. If you live in an apartment complex, be respectful of neighbors and the rules fo the complex in terms of capacity and noise.

Remember Loyola's Good Neighbor policy below:

Loyola enjoys a positive, mutually supportive relationship with its neighboring local residential and business communities in Rogers Park, Edgewater, Maywood, Woodstock, and abroad. To sustain those relationships into the future, Loyola students must conduct themselves as mature and responsible neighbors when off-campus. Students are responsible for upholding all federal, state, and city laws and ordinances wherever they reside, travel, or socialize, especially those relating to noise, traffic, littering, parking, zoning, and alcohol and drug use.

The primary purpose of Loyola's alcohol and other drug policies is to keep students safe, student safety and wellness is paramount.

Please review Loyola alcohol, marijuana, and other drug policies HERE.

Also, please remember that if a university official (Campus Safety or Residence Life), determines that a student may have overconsumed alcohol or other drugs and needs assistance, Chicago emergency services will be called. Students will be transported to the hospital to ensure that they are not suffering from alcohol poisoning. This is done to keep students safe and is in line with Chicago laws. However, a ambulance bill can carry a large fee, so please keep that in mind if you choose to drink. Please practice low risk drinking if you choose to drink.