The second week of classes is upon us and hopefully you are settling into your academic schedules. We are writing to you about another part of university life – your social life.
UC Irvine Values include fun. Welcome Week was a great success. UCI once again owns the Guinness world record for the largest dodgeball game and student organizations are kicking into high gear. Greek rush is on, intramural sports teams are competing, and every night presents a wide array of choices for fun. ASUCI‘s Shocktoberfest and Midnight Magic, the official kickoff for our athletics season, are taking place this weekend.
UC Irvine Values – respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation, and fun – work best in tandem, as they are not isolated from another. Fun requires respect, integrity, commitment, empathy, and appreciation.
We are responsible for our own behavior and, as a community, we depend on each other to ensure our general welfare. As UCI citizens, we commit to take care of each other, to be respectful, and to not exploit one another.
You know the drill. Consider non-alcoholic beverages as a first choice. If you do choose to drink alcohol, do so responsibly. When you go out, have a plan to keep yourself and your friends safe. Make smart and healthy decisions and designate a driver. Don’t let a friend leave alone. If needed, get medical assistance and always keep an eye out for each other.
Anteaters hold themselves and each other to the highest standards of behavior. We have the integrity to keep safety in mind at all times. If you see someone who might be vulnerable, work in pairs or a group to make sure everyone is safe. An intoxicated person has impaired judgment and is at risk. Help to ensure that no one takes advantage of someone who made the mistake of drinking too much.
When you see something that concerns you, say something; do something.
Be confident and comfortable knowing that if you ask for help, you will get it.
Let’s have a wonderful weekend as we cheer on our women’s and men’s basketball teams, wish them luck on their season, and celebrate Shocktoberfest.
Thomas A. Parham
Vice Chancellor Student Affairs
Assistant Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students
Assistant Vice Chancellor Wellness, Health & Counseling
Interim Director Health Education Center & Alcohol Programs Manager
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