A message from Jonathan Stoll:
What better way to capture what occurred during last year’s Halloween weekend, than with a poem:
16 students received medical transports for alcohol overdose, a few nearly died
Over 80 were cited or arrested, costing them over thousands of dollars in fines;
Too many children woken from their sleep
Too many broken, glass bottles left on our streets;
Expect an increased police presence this Halloween
Be safe, be respectful of your neighbors, and keep your record clean.
Given university, City of Corvallis, community and student interest and concern for student safety, the entire Halloween weekend will be the most observed set of days by university and Corvallis police and public safety. Public safety officials, as well as Corvallis Police and Oregon State Police will be out in full force and monitoring our local community. OSU will be increasing public safety patrols and the Corvallis Police Department will have a Tactical Action Plan this weekend. Students should expect extra officers, bike officers, and more strict enforcement of livability related issues like ordinances for noise, public urination, providing alcohol to minors, minor in possession and other behavior that disrupts the peace and safety of the Corvallis community.
City codes and ordinances have been created to protect the health, safety, and quality of life for the citizens of Corvallis. We are members of both our Oregon State community and our Corvallis community. As members of the Corvallis community we each share the responsibility to comply with federal and state laws and our city’s codes and ordinances.
Breaking the law or violating a city ordinance is a violation of the OSU Student Conduct Code, and in addition to citation fines and fees, the university’s Student Conduct and Community Standards staff will initiate conduct proceedings that generally involve a hearing, investigation and university sanctions.
Behavior off-campus, during Halloween, and any time for that matter, may have life-long consequences. The university has worked collaboratively to provide expanded options of events and activities for all students to attend. I encourage students to consider participating in one of these fun activities.
A few tips to ensure your safety without compromising your celebration and fun.
- Keep the noise down; it’s the #1 reason police are called.
- Have a guest list. You are responsible for your guests. Too many people equal trouble.
- Be considerate of your neighbors. They have rights, just as you do. Respect theirs.
- Expect an increased police presence this weekend.
- Be safe and celebrate responsibly.
- drink mysterious brews, like jungle juice and other mixed punches. These drinks are often made with hard alcohols and sugary mixers like juice and soda that mask the strength of the alcohol. They are high in alcohol percentage and can spike you
- Serve alcohol to minors. Fines are up to $1,500.
- Play loud music. If you can hear it outside, it’s too loud.
- Wake up the baby. Keep the noise down, especially when you’re outside with friends in residential areas.
- Binge drink. Alcohol poisoning can be life-threatening.
- Think before you costume. Appropriate other cultures with offensive costumes.
Director, Corvallis Community Relations
Oregon State University