Last week we spent some time exploring consent and this week I want to share some information about another important topic: alcohol use and alcohol poisoning.
Of course, Cornell College has an alcohol policy and I’d be remiss to not share it with you. You can go read it online. I know some of you will choose to use alcohol underage, but I want to encourage responsible use of alcohol.
Compliance with State and Federal statutes regarding alcohol use, possession, and distribution;
Making informed decisions about whether and/or when to use alcohol;
Knowing your alcohol tolerance limits and not exceeding them;
Behaving in a way that is not disruptive or otherwise harmful to you or others when you are consuming alcohol;
Assuming accountability for your actions while under the influence of alcohol;
Avoiding binge drinking. The Harvard School of Public Health has established a nationally accepted definition of binge drinking as:
For women, drinking four or more alcoholic beverages per drinking occasion.
For men, drinking five or more alcoholic beverages per drinking occasion.
One alcoholic beverage is defined as one 12 oz. can/bottle of beer, one 5 oz. glass of wine, or one shot (1.5 oz.) of hard liquor.
Not coercing or forcing anyone of any age to consume alcohol;
Not coercing or forcing anyone to engage in sexual activity when either or both of you have been consuming alcohol;
Refraining from engaging or participating in drinking games.
You should also know Cornell has a Good Samaritan policy. If there is a time when you are concerned about a friend using alcohol, and potential alcohol poisoning, our first priority is others’ safety and we want you to call for help.
We need to talk about sexual assault. We know that sexual assault happens far too frequently, and the start of the academic year can be a time that is especially problematic around sexual assault. We also know that national statistics demonstrate that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. Not only this, but 93% of victims of sexual assault know the assailant.
Important in our understanding is making sure we are all on the same page about consent. Consent is one of the areas where communication needs to be more clear.Our sexual misconduct policy outlines our definition of consent, but this video does a pretty great job as well:
If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of sexual assault while at Cornell, I encourage you to report it to the student affairs office by filling out an incident report, but also to utilize the resources available on campus:
Cornell College Chaplain: The college Chaplain provides support to Cornell College students, faculty, and staff. Old Sem (3rdfloor); 319-895-4402
Third Wave Resource Group (TWRG): TWRG is a Cornell College student organization located in Harlan House. TWRG members have undergone sexual assault advocacy training, and the group provides information, support and resources, including a campus safe room. 319-895-5750.
Sexual Misconduct Liaison: Cornell College’s Sexual Misconduct Liaison is a member of the college staff outside the Dean of Students’ office and conduct system whose role is to provide support and information to students who may have experienced sexual harassment or assault. This person can provide information about resources and reporting options without initiating any formal investigation or complaint. Sharon Grice; Peter Paul Luce Admissions Center; 319-895-4162
Meet Me at the Peace Pole. 5 minutes every Tuesday at 8:45 a.m.
Amid political and other differences, we gather to pass the peace, to name in 5 words or less places in the world in need of healing, and also to name where in the past week we’ve glimpsed life’s goodness and beauty.
Check out Headphone Disco, a “silent” dance party on Friday, September 9 from 8 p.m. – Midnight. There will be two professional DJ’s spinning great music! Each student gets their own set of headphones for the night, so they can switch between the two DJ’s to listen to whichever song they like most. Sponsored by PAAC.