Brock University is taking a proactive approach to keeping students safe on St. Patrick’s Day.
For those who choose to partake in March 17 festivities, several campus departments and community groups have procedures in place to ensure students are celebrating responsibly.
The Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), Campus Security, Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, Student Life and Community Experience, and Residence will have all hands on deck with extra security, first-aid personnel, and student health and consent educators.
Free pizza, water and Gatorade will also be provided in various locations throughout the day.
“We want students to stay safe, be responsible and watch out for one another,” said Curtis Gadula, Director of Student Life and Communications for BUSU.
Brock’s community efforts will be amplified in high student-density areas through a partnership with the Niagara Regional Police, providing additional officers both on and off campus.
“We’re ensuring an enhanced police presence in areas that are known to be of concern,” said Darryl Veld, Manager of Student Affairs.
“Brock students and staff members will be canvasing neighbourhoods with a high volume of students to drop off garbage tags, recycle and garbage bags, taxi numbers, responsible drinking information and emergency contact numbers.”
Brad Clarke, Director of Student Life and Community Experience, met with the City of Thorold and City of St. Catharines recently to provide an overview of Brock’s strategic community plan for the day.
Among the highlights are extra security staff and Brock staff members available to address concerns within the community, as well as key messaging encouraging safe consumption and responsible citizenship running on official university social media accounts.
“We’re taking the steps to prevent any harm to our students and being really proactive about their safety,” said Gadula.
University Road East in front of Isaac’s Bar & Grill patio will be closed for a St. Patrick’s Day event. Doors open at 10 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. BUSU security, campus security and the NRP will be on site throughout the day.
Questions and concerns from the community can be directed to the Off-Campus Living and Neighbourhood Relations office at 905-688-5550 x3721 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org