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Important reminders for St. Patrick’s Day

From Wilfrid Laurier University, Special Constable Service and the Students’ Union, in partnership with Waterloo Regional Police Service, Waterloo Fire Rescue and the City of Waterloo:

Wilfrid Laurier University does not organize or condone the off-campus St. Patrick’s Day activities that have taken place on Ezra Street and surrounding areas in past years. Despite this, some students choose to participate.

Be Smart, Stay Safe and Show Respect on St. Patrick’s Day

  • Stay golden. Remember what it means to be a Laurier Golden Hawk, our reputation and what you want to be known for. Share those messages with visitors from other schools.
  • Show respect. Respect the law enforcement officers who are working to keep you and our community safe, and allow them to do their jobs. Respect our neighbours and their properties. Respect each other’s views, identities and preferences.

Classes are Running; You’re Expected to be There

  • For the safety of our faculty and students, increased security personnel will be stationed in and around Laurier’s academic buildings.
  • Inebriated students will not be allowed to enter academic buildings.
  • Exterior doors on all academic buildings facing Bricker and Albert Streets will be locked and signs will direct students and staff to enter through doors from the interior of campus.

It’s Easy to Make Safe Choices

Student, faculty and community safety is our highest priority. As students, you are expected to engage in safe, responsible and respectful conduct and will be held accountable for your actions.

  • If you are of legal age to drink and choose to consume alcohol, drink responsibly, know your limits and don’t drink and drive. For tips, visit drinksmart.ca/tips.
  • Obtain consent for all sexual encounters. For tips and information about consent, visit the student-run consentisgolden.ca/consent website, which includes information about how drinking impairs people’s ability to give and receive consent.
  • If you or a friend needs help, always ask for it. Keep resources handy on your phone by downloading the SAFEHawk app or contact Special Constables at x3333.
  • Whenever possible, walk with at least one friend. Walk in well-lit areas in view of other pedestrians or motorists. Make use of Foot Patrol by calling 519.886.3668.

Know the Consequences

Enforcement tips from Special Constable Service, Police, Fire and Bylaw:

Street Behaviour

  • There is no licensed street event and Wilfrid Laurier University does not organize or condone off-campus St. Patrick’s Day activities.
  • Consuming alcohol in public areas is prohibited. Violations may result in a ticket.
  • Waterloo Regional Police will be patrolling on foot, in cruisers and on bicycles to support safe activities.
  • R.I.D.E. programs will be active St. Patrick’s Day weekend to remind the public not to drink and drive.

Alcohol

  • Selling alcohol at keg parties is illegal. Police continue to monitor the illegal sale of alcohol.
  • Charging money for people to consume alcohol, even when promoted as a ‘cleanup fee’ or a ‘fee for the bracelet,' is still considered selling alcohol by police and the courts.
  • If purchasing alcohol, do so from a licensed establishment, be of legal drinking age, drink responsibly, and arrange a safe way home.

Fire Safety

  • Interior residence hallways and all exits must remain free and clear of obstructions at all times.
  • In the event of a fire, follow emergency procedures and have two exits out of the building.
  • Keep the entire road clear for emergency service vehicles.
  • Falsely setting off a fire alarm, fire extinguisher or smoke alarm is a criminal Code of Canada offence.

Fines

  • All tenants on a property lease are equally responsible for all activities at their residence.
  • Compliance officers will focus on noise issues, public urination, garbage and property standards.
  • It is an offence to:
    • Litter or urinate in public (fine: $240).
    • Have excessive garbage in your yard (fine: $550).
    • Make excessive noise (fine: $490).
    • Set off a false fire alarm (fine: $179.11 per hour, per firefighter).

Other Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

  • Wilf’s, the Turret and Veritas Café are all licensed, on-campus facilities that will be open on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • A non-alcoholic St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Café will take place at the Keffer Chapel in the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
  • Join the EcoHawks in the Quad at 10:30 a.m. on March 18 to help clean up the neighbourhood.
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